In recognition of World Braille Day, Vegas PBS reminds the community of its free Described and Captioned Media Center, is a grant-funded free-loan library serving those with special needs through the state of Nevada.
Vegas PBS offers a specialized collection of over 3,300 unique titles of educational media addressing autism, blindness, deafness and developmental delays. The DCMC library distributes content for those who are blind/visually impaired, deaf/hearing impaired, and for those with autism or developmental delays. Materials are mailed direct to library members free-of-charge, including return shipping.
“Those who have learned about us value and use our library resources,” said Dr. Niki Bates, Director of Educational Media Services at Vegas PBS. “Patrons are telling other organizations and families about our services and bringing them in to visit our library. We have new clients visiting our library every week.
Vegas PBS gives everyone in Nevada opportunities to broaden their horizons, and its free-loan library supports that mission through reading materials, videos, educational media and learning activities for all Nevadans, including those with unique learning needs and includes the following services:
Audio & Braille Books
Audiobooks including Playaways as well as Braille books are available along with many Caldecott and Newbery Award Winning titles.
Classroom Kit: Understanding Blindness and Visual Impairment
This comprehensive unit of study teaches teachers and students how to interact with peers who are blind and visually impaired while engaging the VI student as well. While participating in fun and interactive activities, students learn about Braille, Courtesy Rules for the Blind, Sighted Guide and more!
Closed captioned DVD
For the deaf and hard of hearing we offer many closed captioned titles. Captions display the audio portion of the program as text.
Audio description makes key visual elements in videos accessible to blind and visually impaired students.
Board games, puzzles and more for deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and visually impaired are also available on loan.
Family Literacy Kits for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Family Literacy Kits offer fun and interactive activities to be shared between you and your child. Large print and Braille books included along with descriptive video.
Family Literacy Kits for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Share a story book and related closed captioned video with your child along with engaging activities.
Wells Fargo also made it possible for Vegas PBS to expand the DCMC with the new children’s area and funds additional table space where paraprofessionals, educators and caregivers accessing the DCMC can use materials strategically to reach learning goals, conduct small meetings and consult with children and adults addressing special needs. With the support of a grant from Wells Fargo, Vegas PBS has expanded the DCMC with a new children’s area where early intervention providers can conduct parent/child interactive playgroup sessions, specialists can conduct evaluations and children can play safely while parents and caregivers visit the free-loan library.
For more information on the services provided by Vegas PBS through the DCMC, to create an account, or to order media, email [email protected], call 702.799.1010 x5419 or visit VegasPBS.org/dcmc/media.