Contest to Describe the Benefits of Audio Description in Education
The American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are cosponsoring the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) contest, an opportunity for young people, aged 7 to 21, who are blind and visually impaired to win prizes for themselves and their teacher, as well as recognition for their school. There are four contestant entry categories: Sophomore (ages 7 to 10), Junior (ages 11 to 15), Senior (ages 16 to 21), and Alternate Assessment. The Alternate Assessment category refers to students whose participation in their general statewide assessment program (testing in math, science, and language arts) is not appropriate, even with accommodations. Students select their age category based on what their age will be on December 6, 2019. Students can choose an audio-described film or video from the thousands of titles available through DCMP, borrow an audio-described video from a library, or find dozens of audio-described videos available for purchase through the ACB–ADP website. They can submit their reviews in writing, in braille, or via an audio recording, as well as via email or postal mail. Contest winners in each category will be chosen by January of 2020, and the grand-prize winner will receive an iPad mini. Each first-place winner will receive a $100 iTunes gift card; second-place winners, a $50 iTunes gift card, and third-place winners, a $25 iTunes gift card. Each supporting teacher who has a first-place winning student will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card.
When a young child has autism, screening for hearing loss and visualimpairment can be difficult. A number of resources are available to help families and professionals work together to appropriately screen these children and address their special needs effectively. These include explanations of autism-like behaviors, an online webinar series exploring multidisciplinary perspectives on these disorders, suggestions for writing measurable IEP goals, and a video of revealing moments of children with Asperger’s syndrome and their parents
Jake Lacourse of Middleborough, Massachusetts, has created a game he calls BecDot to help his young daughter, Rebecca, learn pre-braille concepts. Rebecca has a rare genetic disorder that can cause profound deafness and progressive blindness.