Yesterday, The U.S. Department of Education today announced free access to video-on-demand children’s television programming for thousands of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing.
A number of children’s and family TV episodes may now be viewed online featuring closed captioning and descriptions through the Education Department’s Accessible Television Portal project. Some of the featured and most popular shows include: “Ocean Mysteries,” “Magic School Bus,” and “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”
The portal is part of the Department-funded Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP).
In order to gain access to the content, teachers and school personnel, parents, and other professionals working with qualified students must apply for access to the portal via www.dcmp.org.
Once approved, students can use and access content in the classroom and at home via the Web, mobile phones and tablets, mobile apps, and set-top boxes. The portal itself is fully accessible to those with sensory impairments. It is designed so that children may browse the content without difficulty.
For now, the site will include 73 episodes of 19 different children’s television programs. Additional content from other producers will be added over the next two years.