Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)


The DCMP provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.

Explore our website to learn how we are living our mission to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.

The DCMP is an idea that works thanks to funding by the U.S. Department of Education and administration by the National Association of the Deaf.


On-Demand Accessible Media

Described and captioned educational media is available to students who are deaf, blind, hard of hearing, visuaally impaired, or deaf-blind. Thousands of accessible videos are available to students, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Users who qualify can search by keyword, browse by topic and subtopic, and browse by Common Core and state standards. There are no user-registration or service fees.

Learning Center and eLearning Resources

The Learning Center offers a wealth of information related to education, accessibility, deafness, blindness, and other related topics. Use of this center is free to everyone. Read about what people are saying about the DCMP. Learn about captioning, description, laws pertaining to accessibility, assistive technology, and an array of other subjects–all at your fingertips. Start browsing and start learning.

DCMP's eLearning Resources provide professional development opportunities for teachers; students in transition and their teachers; and ASL interpreters. Continuing Education Units are available for select trainings.

Guidelines for Captioning and Describing Media

The guidelines for both captioning and description are used by accessibility providers, government agencies, businesses, school technical departments, teachers, parents, students, and online content creators. The DCMP’s purpose is to present recommendations for technique, style, and technical considerations.

Accessible and printable versions of DCMP's Captioning Key and Description Key are freely available online.


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