By Lisa McCall

Currently, there is no legislation requiring that educational videotapes must be captioned for classroom use. There is good news though! The National Association of the Deaf operates a Captioned Media Program (CMP) which is a video library that loans open-captioned (an electronic decoder is not needed) educational videos to schools for deaf and hard of hearing s. There are a total of 2,500 educational films that come with reproducible printed lesson guides, which ta\teacher can use to supplement their lessons.

If your deaf or hear of hearing child's classroom videotapes are not captioned, you may inquire with the teacher about accessing captioned videotapes through CPM. Although CPM may not carry all of the videotapes used in the classroom, it is worth trying to access educational films for you child, and in the process parents can educate teachers as to the availability of resources for future classroom videos.

The library carries 4,000 educational and general-interest videos and an additional 300 are added each year, which includes movies along with a variety of special interest subjects. These are specially selected through the feedback of deaf and hard of hearing people. There is no cost to the school district or to parents or s to borrow these materials.

For more information, you may call, write or email:

MP: Captioned Media Program, National Association of the Deaf
447 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29307

(800) 237-6213 voice, (800) 237-6819 TTY, (800) 538-5636 fax

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