Improving Accessibility of Digital Media Now and in the Future

By the Office of Special Education Programs and Described and Captioned Media Program

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and Office of Educational Technology (OET) are celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) throughout May.

Earlier this week, the OSERS Blog featured the first two of three blogs about the OSEP-funded Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP). The first blog provided an overview of DCMP, its leadership and the types of accessible educational services provided by DCMP. The second blog addressed the technology behind the services and setting up and using teacher and student accounts. This final blog discusses content partners, systemic change and future innovations in accessibility.

As a continuation of this week’s previous two blogs, what innovations in accessibility are you excited for in the future?

Solving accessibility problems that were once thought impossible due to scale, complexity, or cost. As streaming overtook broadcast, the sheer volume of media was overwhelming to most consumers. One valid concern was that accessibility production wouldn’t be able to keep pace. In reality, we’ve seen industry-wide workflow improvements and (mostly) responsible use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to keep up with demand. People will always remain at the center of DCMP’s [...]

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