March 2 is Read Captions Across America Day

It’s time for DCMP’s Read Captions Across America (RCAA) campaign, held in conjunction with the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America event on March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.

The purpose of RCAA is to raise awareness—particularly among children and their parents and teachers—that video can be just as effective at encouraging and fostering reading skills as books, as long as captions are always turned on!

Participants can order a free RCAA event kit, and members can order captioned media from DCMP to use in March and all year long.

RCAA is the first national reading event to put emphasis on the importance of captioned media as a reading tool for all children, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing. This effort resulted in a huge success, as thousands of students have participated in this event since its inauguration.

The DCMP supports the efforts of the NEA’s Read Across America by:

  • Providing on-demand educational captioned media to registered users (educators, families, and others who work with deaf or hard of hearing children).
  • Acting as a captioning information center to provide answers to anyone’s questions concerning captioned media.
  • Maintaining a database for locating educational captioned media available for purchase.
  • Assisting media producers, school personnel, and others in learning to caption or in locating an expert to perform captioning.
  • Supporting efforts by parents and educators to increase the availability of educational captioned media.
  • Providing flyers, posters, bookmarks, and other free materials to remind everyone of the importance of reading captions.

Order your free RCAA kit, learn more about how captioning improves literacy, and find great ideas from teachers and parents on our RCAA website.

IN*SOURCE Parent Center Workshop

IN*SOURCE Parent Center Workshop

When: Wed, January 31, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Durgan Elementary School, 1840 S 18th St, Lafayette, IN 47905, USA (map)

Description: Learn about all that IN*SOURCE has to offer for families in Indiana.

Presenter: Jodi Lemmon, IN*SOURCE Regional Program Specialist

Register online by Jan 30th at IN*SOURCE under training calendar or call Jodi Lemmon at 812-645-0600 or email:

Disability Services and Applying for Financial Aid

Disability Services and Applying for Financial Aid at Purdue and Ivy Tech

This session will focus on the services and supports available for college students with disabilities.

Students and parents will learn the process of requesting accommodations while in college.

A Financial Officer will also present the application procedure for applying for financial aid (FAFSA).

Date: January 30, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Durgan Training Room
1840 S 18th Street

RSVP by January 23, 2018 to Kathy Wotherspoon via email: or phone 765-771-6006

7 Gift Giving Considerations for Purchasing Toys for Children with Disabilities


1. Know the Child’s Interests Think about the child’s developmental age, chronological age, talents, and interests. Does the toy foster and build on those interests and skills? While the child may be interested in the toy at home, ask yourself if the child would feel comfortable using the toy in public. Children want to fit in with their peers and/or classmates.

2. Appeal to the Senses Some toys can be over-stimulating, yet others may lack the sensory needs for a child. Individualize toys by considering the texture and smell. Consider the color contrasts and if the toy lights up when engaged. Will the movement and level of sounds be appealing?

3. Foster IndependenceThink about toys that will need little or no assistance at all from another individual for the child to engage. Purchasing switch adaptive toys or modifying toys to switch adaptive yourself is an excellent way to make that happen.

4. Explore the Activation Method Toys can create frustration when the activation is challenging and complex. To alleviate frustration, know how many steps and/or the level of pressure your child will need to activate the toy.

5. Ask Yourself – Can the Child Create a Gift for Someone with the Toy? Being able to make and give a special gift provides the child with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Plus, seeing the gift used year after year confirms those positive feelings. For instance, stringing beads to give to family members as garlands for the house.

6. Consider How the Toy will be Used Make sure the toy can be used in multiple ways based on the needs of the child. Think about positioning and the space needed when the toy is activated. Could the toy be mounted to a wheelchair if necessary?

7. Test Durability Toys should be easily washed and sanitized. Check to see if the toy is resistant to moisture. Consider whether it is appropriate for the size and strength of the child. There should be little or no risk of toy parts being easily broken into small pieces.If you would like assistance with purchasing accessible toys or no-cost training on how to make your own, please contact PATINS.