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Described and Captioned Media Program - AFB Directory Profile

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General Information

Described and Captioned Media Program
1447 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29307
(864) 585-1778 (Local)
(800) 538-5836 (Fax)
info@dcmp.org
http://www.dcmp.org/

Brief Description

The mission of DCMP is to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning through described and captioned educational media. The ultimate goal of the DCMP is for accessible media to be an integral tool in the teaching and learning process for all stakeholders in the educational community, including students, educators and other school personnel, parents, service providers, businesses, and agencies.

The Described and Captioned Media Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf.

Hours of operation: Website open 24/7 for browsing and ordering videos. Office open Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM EST.
Number of staff: 9
Geographic area served: United States and its territories.

Staff

Bill Stark, Communications and Evaluation Administrator, (800) 237-6213 201
Jason Stark, Director

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Audiodescription
      • The DCMP provides free-loan access to a library of described educational videos to qualifying members.

        (Qualifying members include teachers, parents, family members, and others involved in some educational capacity with at least one K-12 student who is blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.)

      • In partnership with AFB, the DCMP developed the first-ever guidelines for the description of educational media (The Description Key) which are freely available at www.descriptionkey.org.

      • Finally, the DCMP offers a free evaluation to description (and captioning) vendors who wish to perform description work for the DCMP and be included on a U.S. Department of Education-approved vendor listing, which is publicly available from the DCMP.
  • Information and Referral
    • The DCMP serves as a clearinghouse of information and materials on the subject of description and captioning for service to consumers, agencies, corporations, and schools. Clearinghouse offerings include numerous DCMP print and online informational resources as well as a gateway to accessibility information from the websites of the DCMP and its collaborators.
  • Library Services
    • Provides a library of free-loan described and captioned educational videos for grades K–12. These videos are available on DVD, and many can be streamed instantly from the DCMP website.

      (Qualifying members include teachers, parents, family members, and others involved in some educational capacity with at least one K-12 student who is blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. To complete the free online registration, visit: http://www.dcmp.org/register.aspx.)

Services for Children

  • Information and Referral
    • The DCMP serves as a clearinghouse of information about description and captioning intended for consumers, agencies, corporations, and schools. Offerings include numerous print and online informational resources as well as a gateway to accessibility information from DCMP and its many collaborators.

      The DCMP—in partnership with AFB—also developed the first-ever description guidelines for educational media. These guidelines—the Description Key for Educational Media—are freely available at www.descriptionkey.org.

Announcements

Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe from Bullying
New Described Educational Videos: Free For Parents Use
Third Video Description Webinar: Now Archived


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