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DCMP Year in Review

The Described and Captioned Media Program promotes and provides equal access to communication and learning through described and captioned educational media. We invite you to read our current Year in Review to discover our progress and accomplishments in the areas of COVID-19 Response, Content Creation, Media Delivery, Outreach, Technology, and User Feedback. From about description, captioning, dcmp, research, technology

Focus on Learning

There are numerous ways that educational programs demonstrate their commitment to student success, including ensuring that educational media is accessible to all students. For many years, the Described and Captioned Media Program has provided thousands of hours annually of accessible educational media. Feedback we get from users has been overwhelmingly positive, and it’s powerful to see the impact accessible media has had on students as they progress through their educational programs. From Dr. Marcia Kolvitz, Ph.D. about description, captioning, dcmp, educators, research

Educators Flocking to Finland, Land of Literate Children

Imagine an educational system where children do not start school until they are seven, where spending is a paltry $5,000 a year per student, where there are no gifted programs, and class sizes often approach 30. A prescription for failure, no doubt, in the eyes of many experts, but in this case, a description of Finnish schools that were ranked the world's best in 2003. Finland topped a respected international survey, coming in first in literacy and placing in the top five in math and science. How did Finland, which was hobbled by a deep recession in the 1990s, manage to outscore 31 other countries, including the United States? Read this article to learn the answer. One factor listed: "Children grow up watching television shows and movies (many in English) with subtitles. So they read while they watch TV." By Lizette Alvarez, April 9, 2004, The New York Times. about research, literacy

A Day in the Life of an Audio Describer

Kelly Warren, owner of Mind’s Eye Audio Productions, overviews the process of describing television, film, and video. She defines good description, discusses its complexities, and looks into its future. From Kelly Warren about description, accessibility-vendors

Described and Captioned Media Program: Seventy Years of Progress

Bill Stark provides a timeline and brief narrative of DCMP’s historical development, beginning in 1946 with the spawning of an idea for how to caption a film. From Bill Stark about history, dcmp, captioning, description

Described Media Produced by Professionals With Visual Impairments: A Sound Idea

Working with sound as a producer, audio engineer, or voice-over artist seems like a natural fit for a professional who has vision loss. From Rick Boggs about description, accessibility-vendors

The DCMP at Fifty

Thank you for visiting our special commemorative “Golden Anniversary” section. We hope that you will explore, along with us, the DCMP’s rich history in educational media accessibility. Here you will find a brief but informative article chronicling the program’s history up to 2008, a detailed timeline highlighting the first fifty years of captioning and description, and a list of some of our favorite DCMP history-related articles from our Clearinghouse section. about description, captioning, dcmp, history

Going Pro: Using YouDescribe in the Classroom and Beyond

This 60-minute webinar, the fourth in a series, features a live panel discussion about how YouDescribe, a tool anyone can use to add description to YouTube videos, is being used to provide access to content beyond the K-12 classroom. about manuals-and-guidelines, description, educators, consumers, webinar

DCMP's Keys to Access

DCMP Director Jason Stark discusses the need, mandate, and quality standards for accessible educational media. about dcmp, captioning, description, manuals-and-guidelines, accessibility-vendors

Five Key Reasons to Use the Described and Captioned Media Program

The five key reasons why you should utilize DCMP resources. From Jo Ann McCann about dcmp

Common Core: DCMP is Your Key Resource

In an effort to ensure our students are college and career ready, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and The Council of Chief State School Officers, in collaboration with other stakeholders in the education community, created a framework known as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). To date, all but five states and the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico have adopted these standards. about educators

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who qualifies for DCMP membership? From DCMP Help Center

Described and Captioned Movies at Local Theaters

Silent movies once provided an equal opportunity to enjoy going to the movies without regard to anyone's ability to hear. But with the introduction of sound to movies more than eighty years ago, people with a hearing loss were faced with an access disparity that, to a large (but, thankfully, diminishing) extent, still exists today. From about captioning

Opening Doors at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf

The role of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf (OSD) in provision of accessible media services From Bill Stark about educators

Captioning Key - About the Key

The first captioning of films in America occurred in 1951, three decades before the advent of closed captioning on broadcast television. It was performed by Captioned Films for the Deaf (CFD), the ancestor of DCMP, which became federally funded in 1958. Guidelines were developed at CFD to assist teams of teachers and deaf persons who wrote captions for many years, first for films and then later for videos. From about captioning-key

Making Captioning Perfect

As you might guess, we get a lot of kidding about our name, "Caption Perfect." Admittedly, we've never been perfect and don't really expect to be, but our goal is to make our captions the equivalent quality to that found in the publishing world. We want to continuously improve the quality of our work, and we want clients who expect the same. Of all our clients, the National Association of the Deaf's Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) has held us and its other vendors to the most exacting standard, and this demand has improved the quality of all of our work. We generally follow a series of steps to make our captions the best they can be, and below is a description of the process we use for the DCMP. From Burwell Ware about accessibility-vendors, captioning, manuals-and-guidelines

DCMP: A Valued Resource

Looking around the classroom, Sarah wondered how she would meet the diverse needs of her students in teaching History. After reading their school records and talking with other teachers, she knew that four students came from families where English was a second language, but that many more lacked the background knowledge and vocabulary needed to comprehend her content; three students in the class had moderate to profound hearing loss; and one student had little vision. From Debbie Pfeiffer, Ed.D., CED about educators

Read Captions Across America

The National Education Association (NEA) annually sponsors an event called Read Across America. Originally created as a one-day celebration of reading on March 2, Dr. Seuss's birthday, the activity has grown into a nationwide initiative that promotes reading every day of the year. The result has been a focus of the country's attention on how important it is to motivate children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills. From Bill Stark about captioning, educators, parents, literacy, consumers

Women's History Month: Writing Women Back into History

Although women have been shaping human history since the dawn of civilization, the concept of Women's History Month has its roots firmly implanted in the date March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories protested untenable working conditions. As recently as the 1970s, the influence of women in history was a virtually nonexistent topic in public school curricula or even an element within general public consciousness and discourse. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women recognized "Women's History Week" during one week in March in 1978. In 1981 Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) cosponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women's History Week. In 1987 Congress expanded the celebration to a month, and March was declared Women's History Month. From Kelly Gorski about educators, history

The Logic of the Motion Picture in the Classroom: Films in Schools for the Deaf (1915–1965)

Motion pictures have been a powerful medium for entertainment since their inception. In 1915 The Birth of a Nation grossed an amazing $10,000,000. Deaf persons loved silent films, as the visual quality was often extremely high (especially for those produced in the 1920s), and actors stressed the use of body language and facial expression. From Bill Stark about history, dcmp