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March 2 is Read Captions Across America Day

Children in a classroom watch a Cat in the Hat video on a large screen.
It's time for DCMP's Read Captions Across America (RCAA) campaign, held in conjunction with the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America event on March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.

The purpose of RCAA is to raise awareness—particularly among children and their parents and teachers—that video can be just as effective at encouraging and fostering reading skills as books, as long as captions are always turned on!

Participants can order a free RCAA event kit, and members can order captioned media from DCMP to use in March and all year long.

RCAA is the first national reading event to put emphasis on the importance of captioned media as a reading tool for all children, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing. This effort resulted in a huge success, as thousands of students have participated in this event since its inauguration.

The DCMP supports the efforts of the NEA’s Read Across America by:
  • Providing on-demand educational captioned media to registered users (educators, families, and others who work with deaf or hard of hearing children).
  • Acting as a captioning information center to provide answers to anyone’s questions concerning captioned media.
  • Maintaining a database for locating educational captioned media available for purchase.
  • Assisting media producers, school personnel, and others in learning to caption or in locating an expert to perform captioning.
  • Supporting efforts by parents and educators to increase the availability of educational captioned media.
  • Providing flyers, posters, bookmarks, and other free materials to remind everyone of the importance of reading captions.
Order your free RCAA kit, learn more about how captioning improves literacy, and find great ideas from teachers and parents on our RCAA website.

National Court Reporting and Captioning Week

National Court Reporting and Captioning Week February 10-17
February 10–17 is National Court Reporting and Captioning Week. Court reporting has a long and distinguished history, which can be traced back to scribes in ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. In the 20th century, technology allowed court reporters to switch from a written shorthand to the modern stenotype machine.

While captioning has a long history in the courtroom, it has only recently been used as an accommodation for students with disabilities. In 1985 the court system experimented with using realtime captioning to provide access to deaf and hard-of-hearing litigants and jurors. In the 1990s, realtime captioning moved into the college classroom.

Realtime captioning provides communication access for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. A service provider types what is said, as well as other environmental information, which is displayed for the student to read. This is a common accommodation for non-signing students. But it also benefits signing students in lecture-heavy classes where English-specific vocabulary is important. Additionally, it can be connected to a refreshable braille display for students who are deaf-blind.

Today, realtime captioning is used in middle school, high school, and college classrooms. It also provides access in conferences, professional and community meetings, and live news programs. Learn more about the benefits of realtime captioning in our online module, Access: Realtime Speech-to-Text.
Access Realtime Speech to Text Module

TIP: Available Resources and Lesson Guides

Educators Guide button.
Under the DCMP video player, you'll find the "Available Resources" section. Here you can access lesson guides for the videos that have them.

Wonder Women lesson guide.Lesson guides are variously labeled as "Educator's Guide," "Student Activity," "Teacher's Guide," or "Lesson Plan." While not all videos have a lesson guide, many do. (For example, in the History > African Americans section, see American's Black Soldiers, Coretta Scott, and the Great African American Authors series.) 

Many teachers create their own lesson plans for DCMP accessible videos. If you're one of these teachers and are interested in sharing your lesson plan with other DCMP members, please send us an email!

Black History Month

Astronaut Mae Jemison floats inside a room filled with electronic devices on the international space station.Astronaut Mae Jemison, first African-American woman in space.

Over the years, there have been many great men and women who have contributed to African-American history. During the month of February, thanks to Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month, people from all around the globe give tribute to prominent African-Americans and study their achievements.

But do you know deaf African-American leaders such as Dr. Andrew Foster (the first African-American to graduate from Gallaudet University, who also began schools in Africa for the deaf), Sheryl Emery (the founder of National Black Deaf Association), or Haben Girma (the first deaf-blind individual to graduate from Harvard Law School)? Their achievements have positively impacted African-Americans in the United States... Read more

Related Media Resources

All About the Holidays, Black History Month

All About the Holidays: Black History Month

The month of February honors the important role African-Americans play in the story of the United States. Across the United States, schools and communities organize to learn more about African-American history and culture. Part of the All About the Holidays series.
Grades 4-8

New Releases from Nickelodeon, plus Circuit Playground and Travel Thru History

Nickelodeon Channel

Nickelodeon characters together in a wooded area.
We're happy to announce the arrival of thirteen of your kids' favorite TV shows from Nickelodeon! Blaze and the Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies, Dino Dan, Dora and Friends, Dora the Explorer, Franklin and Friends, The Fresh Beat Band, Mike the Knight, Mutt and Stuff, PAW Patrol, Peter Rabbit, Shimmer and Shine, and Wallykazam!
Grades PS-3

Circuit Playground Series

Circuit Playground
Jump into the world of Circuit Playground to learn all about the amazing things that make circuits tick, beep, blink, and more! Travel along with Adabot, a curious robot who loves to learn and discover new things about electronics in every episode. See electrons move, capacitors charge, and resistors resist. This series builds on STEM vocabulary and explains the relationship between electronic components.
Grades 5-8

Travel Thru History Series

Travel Thru History
This Daytime Emmy-nominated educational series sparks interest and enthusiasm in viewers. They gain an understanding about the world’s rich and fascinating history by traveling to diverse locales across the globe. At each stop, experts explain the historical and cultural significance of various points of interest found throughout the destination.
Grades 7-12


Cindy Camp stands behind a table with a DCMP table cloth. DCMP banners are on each side of her.Cindy Camp at the AHEAD conference



Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Exposition

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting. #CEC2018 CEC site


CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting.  #CSUNATC18 CSUN site


Coming Up in March


Deaf History Month: March 13-April 15

DCMP Learning Center Resources
DCMP Media Resources


Listening is Learning: March

Listening is Learning website


About DCMP

DCMP membership provides unlimited access to thousands of accessible educational videos. We're fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education, so there are no costs associated with any of our services. Family members, school personnel, and other professionals who work with early learners through Grade 12 students with a hearing or vision loss do qualify for membership. DCMP members can:
  • Access thousands of educational videos that are described and captioned in our Media Library, including training for parents, teachers, and interpreters.
  • Check out videos on DVD (with free return postage), or watch instantly on PC, Roku, tablets, and smartphones. iOS users can use the DCMP iOS app.
  • Create and share Student Accounts to assign videos and promote independent learning.
  • Access resources on education, accessibility, and advocacy in our Learning Center.
  • Stay up-to-date on news and recently added videos by subscribing to our monthly newsletter.
  • Watch accessible television series such as The Magic School Bus, BizKids, Daniel Tiger, Ocean Mysteries, and Bill Nye.
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