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June Behrmann

June Behrmann is a longtime special education teacher (pre-K to grade 6) who retired for about two seconds, and is now prospecting for accessible instructional resources. Follow June on Twitter @aimnoncat. Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with us.

Captioned Films Based on Books Celebrate Girls, Women's History Month

March 6, 2015

Captioned films aid instruction for students who struggle with decoding text and/or understanding language.

This month accessible media enlivens Women's History Month. This annual celebration lead by the National Women's History Project provides information, instructional, and promotional resources to educators and others describing the diverse and historic accomplishments of women.

The Described and Captioned Media program (DCMP), administered by the National Association for the Deaf, offers teachers with accounts a chance to stream films based on children's books (Grades K-5) that explore equity and empowerment for women and girls. DCMP promotes and provides equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.

Women's stories

The 2015 theme for National Women's History Month is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” Those stories—individually and collectively—are an important part of the nation’s history that is studied and part of state standards nationwide.

The captioned/described films highlighted by DCMP this month include:

Older girls may prefer with messages of strength and confidence involving career aspirations and personal development:

DCMP's accessible media for women's history month tell stories featuring positive female role models from all backgrounds. The choices include Rosa Parks, Barbara Jordan, Harriet Tubman, Anne Frank, Amelia Earhart, Beatrix Potter and Maria Montessori. There are also a number of reosurces in American and world history whose influence has shaped our lives, including

Also, DCMP resources about Helen Keller are plentiful, as are those from the American Federation for the Blind. The DCMP YouTube Channel has many trailers for accessible media that cross the curriculum.

Making tech work

The media available on the DCMP works via PC, tablet, smartphone, and Roku. Teachers can embed DCMP videos in HTML documents and in Learning Management Systems like Moodle, Edmodo, and Blackboard. They also can create subaccounts for students to promote independent learning. Educators using selections with an iPad or iPhone can download DCMP's accessible app in the Apple App Store.


Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with our Reading Rockets audience.

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