A Behind the Scenes Look at "Assistive Technology in Action" Project
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On April 23rd, Dicapta added a video to our blog section titled “Assistive Technology in Action.” We would like to invite you to have a peek at the behind the scenes view of how this production was made.
Let’s first give you a brief description and background of the video before meeting the people it took to produce it.
This video was born out of the need for an original Spanish Language resource. Undoubtedly, there is a myriad of resources dubbed to Spanish language and families often make use of it. However, instructional material that has a cultural and linguistic anchor has a greater impact on the audience it wants to address. Of course this doesn’t mean that fabulous material that has been produced in other languages should not be dubbed to Spanish for the use of our community. It simply means that for this particular topic – learning about Assistive Technology and the Individualized Education Program (IEP), it was important to portray the experience of Spanish dominant families and the challenges they often face which when they have a child with a disability.
The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) and Dicapta brainstormed about the approach to inform Spanish dominant families about assistive technology. Based on Dicapta’s background and intimate knowledge of the Hispanic community, it was decided to take on a popular narrative format that the majority of Hispanic families are familiar with: “la telenovela,” loosely translated, it’s a soap opera.
The content was guided by the FCTD and Dicapta took on the writing, casting and producing of the piece. Casting played a big role in the production of the media. It was important that the characters came across as real and relatable. To this effect, Dicapta conducted on camera interviews with over 15 families that had either a child with a disability or had experience advocating/ requesting Assistive Technology for their child. The fictionalized characters of Marta and Teresa were largely based on the many anecdotes and experiences we heard over and over again during this process.
Geanme Marin (Marta), Rosario Valdovinos(Teresa), and Clara Berg (the principal) were selected to play the roles that would give voice to the collective experience of Hispanic families. These three extraordinary women, are mothers of a child with a disability and have often found themselves in similar circumstances as the one they were representing. None of them had prior acting experience. Professional actresses who wanted to collaborate with such an important project portrayed the roles of the teacher and the therapist.
Concomitant with its mission, Dicapta made the video accessible for all – providing video/audio description, captions, and idiomatic adaptation of the Spanish version into English.
Dicapta and its team would like to offer their acknowledgement and their deep appreciation to this wonderful group of people that made this video a reality! We are very grateful for the contributions of each one of you as well as the organizations who worked on this project.
Enjoy the following pictures of the behind the scenes view!
The production of this video was made possible through a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).