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Texas Advisory Committee for the Education of Students with Visual Impairments

Social Skills Cinema: Lessons for the Real World Video Contest Winners

You may view the 2011 winning videos and accompanying lesson guides at the Described Captioned Media Program (DCMP) website or go to DCMP’s YouTube site.

  • 2011 Winners
    • GAME NIGHT - Students selected special activities to gain more opportunities to practice their social skills. Social Skills Cinema "Game Night" built skills through common games.
    • MY DREAM NIGHT OUT - Follow 12 high school students from the New York Institute of Special Education (Bronx, NY) as they get ready for their "Dream Night Out."
    • REWIND BUTTON - Every teacher wishes they had a rewind button in order to give a student the chance for a "do-over." Emily gets that chance. Watch what happens as she walks to her friend's house so they can go shopping.
    • GREAT CUP STACK CHALLENGE - The goal is to provide an interactive, hands-on game or challenge which enhances the students' social skills with their typical peers. Teamwork and communication challenges have been the focus of this lesson.
    • RAISING CANE! - Raising Cane is an easy-to-follow lesson plan that will teach students and peer groups how to appreciate differences in themselves and others.
    • DCMP YouTube Channel
  • 2012 Winners
    • Feeling Confused - Students with visual impairments need many opportunities to learn how to read nonverbal gestures and tone of voice of peers and adults.
    • Off-Topic / On-Topic - Recognizing off-topic and on-topic conversational comments and questions are key areas for this social skills video lesson.
    • Self-Advocacy Solutions to School Problems - The social skills lesson builds upon a student, who is visually impaired, learning to communicate with a trusted adult about concerns/problems encountered at school.
    • That's Me - Learning to integrate listening skills in the classroom, community, and at home is critical for children with visual impairments.

  • 2013 Winner

Contest Overview:

In May 2011, the Texas Committee for the Education of Students with Visual Impairments offered teachers, parents, and students with visual impairments across the United States and Canada an opportunity to submit a short video on the theme, "Social Skills: Putting the 'C' in Cool." The contest provided a perfect opportunity to highlight a favorite lesson to teach social skills at home, school, or in the community. In 2012 and 2013, the contest was continued with the theme, "Lessons for the Real World."

For each winning video, you will find a short description, lesson guide, and the video lesson.

We are pleased to say the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) partnered with Texas Committee for the Education of Students with Visual Impairments to provide captions and description for each video.

The videos are available to DCMP members through the DCMP library (see links above), through the DCMP YouTube channel (2011 YouTube playlist, 2012 YouTube playlist, and the 2013 YouTube playlist), and through the website of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI.

Social Skills Subcommittee of The Texas Committee for the Education of Students with Visual Impairments:

  1. Virginia Haas, Administrative Supervisor of Low Incidence Populations, Austin Independent School District
  2. Alaine Hinds, Parent and Community Organizer, ARC of Texas
  3. Cyral Miller, Director of Outreach Programs, TSBVI
  4. Rona Pogrund, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Special Education, Texas Tech University
  5. Mary Ann Siller, M.Ed., Educator of Children with Visual Impairments