D-PAN, The Deaf Professional Arts Network, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Ferndale, MI. D-PAN co-founder Sean Forbes had a vision, while a student at RIT/NTID, of making music more accessible with videos featuring talented deaf performers. The first several years were focused on creating ASL Music Videos of popular songs, notably John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, and Eminem. In 2016, upon realizing that access to information was not widely accessible in ASL, D-PAN founded DPAN.TV The Sign Language Channel, a platform with an emphasis on accessible content. This began the journey of making the 2016 Presidential debates accessible in ASL, along with The Super Bowl Halftime show, and more. In 2019 after many years of producing content in house, D-PAN formed ASL Captions, a captioning service with a focus on American Sign Language video content. D-PAN has one goal, to be the one-stop-shop for access.
- May 18, 2021