The creator of the hit literacy series Super Why has teamed with the US Department of Education to help students with disabilities via dedicated programming.
Out of the Blue Enterprises is participating in the department’s subscription video on demand service that will digitally stream children’s and family television shows to students.
The programmes will be made available free, on-demand, to qualifying students, all of which has been audio described and captioned.
Super Why is a pre-school series designed to help kids aged three to six with the critical skills needed to learn to read. An interactive reading adventure, the show is set in Storybook Village and centres on four best friends.
The Accessible Television Portal was created to offer these learning opportunities to children with unique learning needs, explained Dr. Melody Musgrove, director of the Department of Education Office of Special Education Programme.
“Children with disabilities deserve access to quality programming, and with the technology we have available to us, there is no reason for them to be left out,” he said.
Samantha Freeman, CEO, Out of the Blue Enterprises, added: “We are delighted to have episodes of Super Why available on the Portal Project for children who might not have the opportunity to fully experience them otherwise.
“The Department of Education has created a tremendous programme utilizing video on demand technology and we are thrilled to be part of their esteemed content portfolio.”
Teacher and parents can access Super Why on the new video on demand platform at www.dcmp.org.
The site features more than 80 episodes of 20 different children’s television programmes with more content planned over the next two years.