Video-on-Demand Children’s TV Programming Now Accessible for Thousands of Students with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the availability of free, video-on-demand children’s television programming for thousands of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing.

Dozens 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. Among the shows: “Ocean Mysteries,” “Magic School Bus,” “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Expedition Wild” and “Peg + Cat.”

The portal is part of the Department-funded Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP). It includes video-on-demand content provided at no cost by the major television networks, as well as producers and distributors like PBS Kids, Sesame Workshop, Cartoon Network, Sprout (NBC), the Fred Rogers Company, Scholastic Media, Litton Entertainment, Out of the Blue and Fremantle Television.

“In the digital age, the capability exists to deliver a higher level of personalized programming for students who were underserved in the past,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “This type of large-scale collaboration between the Education Department and so many major television networks, producers and program distributors will allow greater access to television programming for all students.”

To view the content, teachers and school personnel, parents, and other professionals working with qualified students can visit www.dcmp.org and apply for access to the portal.

Once approved, accessible content can be used with, and by, students 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. Children with disabilities can locate any featured program without difficulty.

Initially, 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.

Melody Musgrove, director of the Education Department’s Office of Special Education Programs, which manages the portal, said teachers and parents routinely use television to introduce, reinforce and expand upon school lessons.

“The Accessible Television Portal was created to open up these learning opportunities for the population of children with unique learning needs,” Musgrove said. “The general population takes for granted the entertainment and education provided by quality television. Children with disabilities deserve access to that same programming. With the technology we have available to us, there is no reason for them to be left out.”

“I’m very excited about the prospect of our diverse mix of programming on CBS and ABC being made available to children who, otherwise, wouldn’t have the opportunity to fully experience it,” said Meg LaVigne, president of Litton Television.

DCMP provides services to benefit thousands of students – early learning through grade 12 – who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind. These services include a library of free-loan described and captioned educational media, a learning center of information related to educational media access, a gateway to Internet resources related to accessibility, and guidelines for adding descriptions and captions to media.

The Department-funded DCMP is administered by the National Association of the Deaf.  More information is available at www.dcmp.org.

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by U.S. Department of Education Press Office posted on March 16, 2015
http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/video-demand-children%E2%80%99s-tv-programming-now-accessible-thousands-students-visual-or-hearing-disabilities

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Developmental Disability Awareness and Advocacy Day 2015

This week’s blog post was written by Diane Cox, a UCP parent and a member of the Ohio Developmental Disability Council. Below she shares her experience about attending this year’s Ohio Developmental Disability Awareness and Advocacy Day, which took place on March 3 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

Ben 10(2)UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden said, “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” Sometimes people see a developmental disability and instantly see all the things a person cannot do. However, this leaves out seeing the possibility that comes from all of the other things that person is capable of. There are definitely people in the state of Ohio who are dedicated to working towards changing this common perception.

Every March there are campaigns to raise awareness about Developmental Disabilities and the issues that are important to those whose lives are impacted by a disability. For the past several years, the Public Policy Committee of the Ohio Developmental Disability Council provides an annual grant for a DD Awareness and Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse to help highlight these issues and bring together people with disabilities, their families, and their advocates. The event was on March 3rd this year and, for a second year, all 400 attendance slots were filled in advance of the event. This year’s theme of the day was, “Can Do, Like You!” and it brought to light the fact that motivated people with disabilities can do things like everyone else, just many times it may be a slower process or they may have to go about it in different ways.

After guests are registered in the morning, the day begins with an hour-long kick-off rally in the Statehouse Rotunda, where a bunch of very motivational speakers with disabilities share their personal stories of triumph and success. Emceed by Shari Cooper (a self-advocate, blogger, and amazing speaker from Dayton), and including the Director from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, we were introduced to people who proved that a disability couldn’t hold them back from having and realizing their dreams. We met people who have gone through training courses to be certified to train others to advocate for themselves, people who started their own small-business when others thought it wasn’t possible, people who belong to a very successful mentoring and buddy program, and people who have traveled to Washington, DC to lobby their legislators for changes in the Federal law on behalf of people with disabilities. Our final speaker was Jack Wolf – a wonderful 15-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy who, despite being in a wheelchair, is an incredibly active, involved, and dynamic young man. He and his family (and his support dog, Tommy) make sure that Jack can participate fully in anything he sets his mind to – including campouts with the Boy Scouts, power wheelchair soccer, and playing the euphonium in his High School’s marching band. Jack also finds time to be a local celebrity, having been in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and countless local news stories, and dedicates himself to helping fundraise for MD research. When Jack finished his presentation, there wasn’t a person in the room that wasn’t excited to go out and challenge themselves.

After the speakers finished, arrangements had already been made for anyone who was interested to meet with their area legislators. Meeting appointments and issue fact-sheets were provided in registration packets to help make these meetings easier. Attendees were encouraged to speak about the following issues: 1. Medicaid Asset Limits; 2. The Ohio Medicaid Waiver Waiting Lists; and 3. Home Visitibility. But it is often very important to use this time to talk about your own concerns and to share your personal story – learning about a constituent who has current needs and has spent 5 years on a waiver waiting list goes a long way at helping a legislator understand why changes in funding are so important.

If you’ve ever wondered what you can do to help get something changed, this is definitely the place to start. It is a great day of motivation and a day of action that I highly recommend to anyone whose lives are touched by a disability. Look for this event March 2016 or contact Paul Jarvis at the Ohio Developmental Disability Council (Paul.Jarvis@dodd.ohio.gov) to be added to their email list.

Diane Cox
UCP Parent and Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Ohio Developmental Disability Council

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Graduation Rates Inch Up For Students With Disabilities

An increasing number of students with disabilities are graduating high school, federal officials say, though they still receive diplomas at far lower rates than other students.

The graduation rate for students with disabilities reached nearly 62 percent during the 2012-2013 school year, representing a rise of almost 3 percent compared to two years earlier.

The figures released Monday from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics come a month after federal officials said the nation’s overall high school graduation rate reached a record-high of 81 percent in 2012-2013.

Despite the gains, however, graduation rates for students with disabilities varied tremendously from one state to the next. Mississippi reported a low of 22.5 percent while Arkansas topped the list with over 80 percent of students with disabilities receiving diplomas.

The data accounts for the number of students nationwide who obtained a high school diploma within four years. Students who completed an individualized education program but did not earn a traditional diploma and those who were held back a grade were not included.

In addition to students with disabilities, the Education Department data also pointed to lower graduation rates among blacks and Hispanics, those from low-income households and students with limited English proficiency.

“While these gains are promising, we know that we have a long way to go in improving educational opportunities for every student — no matter their zip code — for the sake of our young people and our nation’s economic strength,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama emphasized the need for continued investment in education in order to see further improvements.

“Making sure that we’ve got high standards and high expectations for all our kids, and making sure that we are providing the resources to teachers and principals to meet those high standards. That’s going to be important,” Obama said in remarks following a meeting with school leaders at the White House on Monday. “Making sure that we are investing in special education and English learning for large portions of our student population that may need extra help. That’s going to be critically important.”

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by Michelle Diament posted on March 17, 2015
http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/03/17/graduation-rates-inch-up/20141/

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from UCP!

An Old Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

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ADA Cleveland sponsoring Love Land at CIFF

loveland (2)ADA Cleveland is proud to be a community sponsor for Love Land at the 39th annual Cleveland International Film Festival. Featuring a breakthrough cast of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, the film addresses the limitations of state-funded facilities, especially for those who long to live independent lives. View the film’s trailer at: www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2015/love-land.

Love Land will be playing at the Cleveland International Film Festival on
Friday, March 20th at 9:20pm & Saturday, March 21st at 12:10pm

The Cleveland International Film Festival runs March 18 – 29, 2015 and tickets are on sale now! The customized $2 Discount Code for ADA 25 Cleveland is “ADA.” This discount is good for any festival film screening, not just Love Land! Ticket prices before the discount are $15/non-members, $13/CIFF members and $13/students and seniors (in-person only).

Online: Use the code ADA when purchasing tickets at www.clevelandfilm.org (available 24 hours a day)
Phone: Use the code ADA when calling the Film Festival Box Office at 877.304.FILM (3456)
In-person: Use the code ADA at the Film Festival Box Office in the Tower City Cinemas lobby

Accessibility
Love Land will be close captioned and audio described! Tower City Cinemas has 18 assisted listening/video description headsets, and 6 closed caption devices. Please check in at the box office to obtain any device you many need. The cinemas are on the first level and are accessible theaters Information on entrances, elevators, and directions can be found at: www.towercitycenter.com/pdfs/directorymap.pdf.

Connect with ADA Cleveland, Love Land & CIFF on social media!

ADA Cleveland
Twitter | @ADAinCLE / #ADA25CLE
Facebook | facebook.com/ADAinCLE
Instagram | @ADAinCLE
www.adacleveland.org

CIFF
Twitter | @CIFF / #CIFF39
Facebook | facebook.com/ClevelandInternationalFilmFestival
Instagram | @CleFilmFest / #CIFF39
www.clevelandfilm.org

Love Land
Twitter | @lovelandfilm
Facebook | facebook.com/LoveLandFilm
Instagram | @lovelandfilm
www.lovelandfilm.com

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