Girl with headphones listens video on a tablet. A descriptive phrase comes out of the headphones

 Today is a day to celebrate!  We are very pleased to announce that the wonderful audiovisual content of Discovery en la Escuela is accessible starting today.

What does this mean? It means that if you are a Spanish speaking student with visual or hearing limitations, you and your parents, teachers and friends only have to go to Discovery en La Escuela to find a link, near the top of the page, to the accessible videos section. In that section you’ll be able to enjoy each video with audio descriptions and captions.  It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, you’ll always be welcome and you can learn, enjoy and share the wonders of Discovery en la Escuela’s world. 

What happens if you want to watch a Discovery en la Escuela video with your family, your class or a group of friends who may have different individual accessibility needs? No problem!  Very soon you’ll be able to download the audio descriptions and captions of Curiosidad Infinita videos to your mobile device, which means that each person will be able to either hear the audio description and/or read the caption on their own device while the group watches a single screen. That way everyone can enjoy the video without interrupting the experience of others.  We praise Discovery en la Escuela for using the technology to enhance the experience of people with hearing and visual disabilities who watch their educational videos. 

A boy watches a subtitled video on a tablet 

None of this would have been possible without the joint effort and support of:

  • The Department of Education through its initiative ¨Television Access
  • The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid with its work on accessibility technology,
  • Dicapta’s captioning and description project, “Captions and Video Description: Educational Tools for Hispanic Children with Disabilities,” and
  • Discovery en la Escuela’s multidisciplinary team to whom we applaud and express our deep gratitude.

 

Don’t wait!  Go explore the phenomenal content of Discovery en la Escuela

Note: Audio description is when a narrator gives information about visual elements that can’t be inferred only by listening to a movie, video or any other audiovisual material.  In the same way, captions provide audible information such as dialogue, environmental sounds, music, etc., in the form of text.

 

 

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