We just wrapped up a competition at the Kansas School for the Blind for the second year in a row. In a couple weeks, a highlight sizzle will be released and the full episode will be shown on This Old House Makers Channel this Fall.
Working with the blind led our team to work with the Described and Captioned Media Program aka DCMP. The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) is a company that focuses on making educational media accessible to all students and creating strategies to bring more accessibility to classrooms.
They provide a library of over 13,000 accessible educational videos and resources for school personnel, families, and content creators. DCMP works with top educational and television content creators and distributors to make media accessible and available to students.
Kyle Sisk, Chief Technology Officer at DCMP, spoke to Make48 on how DCMP brings educational media to all classrooms.
How can someone request media from DCMP? DCMP is unique in that we both produce accessibility for educational media, and operate a VOD service designed for students who need accessible educational material. We’re funded by the US Department of Education, so our services are completely free. Qualifying members can access our library of over 13,000 accessible videos anytime via our website, Roku channel, AppleTV channel, and native mobile apps.
Do you reach out to creators and distributors, or do they reach out to you? We get requests from teachers and district staff all over the United States for specific media. We also have a media evaluation team internally that works to identify media that is educational and would be useful in the classroom. We often reach out to creators directly, but there is a form on our website for producers who find us on their own! https://dcmp.org/partners Each creator lands on DCMP in a different way, we love the process of connecting with this community.
Best way to get information about DCMP? Here’s a quick overview of DCMP on our website: https://dcmp.org/learn/381-what-is-dcmp We’re always happy to work with schools and districts to provide free training on DCMP remotely or in person!
How does the Membership work?
Teachers, paraprofessionals and others who have at least one student with a disability in their classroom qualify for an account. Caregivers / parents of children with a disability also qualify. Simply apply via a short signup form at https://dcmp.org/signup and one of our staff will review your application and respond within one day!
To learn more about DCMP, visit their website at https://dcmp.org/learn/381-what-is-dcmp.
They are also available to provide free training on DCMP remotely or in person for schools and districts. For more information about DCMP and their services, they can be reached at: email@example.com