Creating Access, One Video at a Time
The Deaf Professional Arts Network, known by many as D-PAN, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based near Detroit, Michigan. D-PAN emerged from a vision by Co-Founder Sean Forbes while he was a student at RIT/NTID. He was on a mission to make music more accessible with videos that featured talented deaf performers. D-PAN’s early years focused on making ASL music videos for notable musicians, including but not limited to John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, and Eminem.
Following D-PAN’s initial success, it became clear that there was more work to be done in the realm of access. Information that was accessible in American Sign Language was lacking, leading D-PAN to launch DPAN.TV: The Sign Language Channel in 2016. This
propelled D-PAN through a journey of providing ASL accessibility during event coverage spanning from the 2016 Presidential debates, Super Bowl Halftime shows, COVID-19 briefings at varying levels of government, high profile music concerts, and so much more.
In 2019, after years of producing content in house, D-PAN opened their doors via ASL Captions, a captioning service with a focus on content in American Sign Language. As D-PAN continues to grow and evolve, their mission stays the same: Change the game of accessibility and become a one-stop shop for accessibility services.