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Earth Day and March for Science - April 22

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Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, first held on April 22, 1970. Activities for Earth Day, and often for the whole week, focus on the environmental issues that the world faces. These issues include extreme weather, rising sea levels, and altered ecosystems due to increased levels of CO2 in Earth's atmosphere.

In conjunction with Earth Day, the March for Science is conducted on April 22, celebrating science and the role it plays in everyday life. Scientists estimated that 1.07 million people participated in rallies and marches in 2016.

Related Media Resources

All About the Holidays: Earth Day

All About the Holidays: Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day. It is a national day to focus on the environment, and rallies are held to promote sustainable alternatives for a healthy planet.

Grades 4-8

My Little Planet

My Little Planet Series

This 26-part animated series introduces young viewers to the natural and biological wonders of the planet. Each episode explores an environmental theme, such as atmospheric pollution, solar energy, population growth, and photosynthesis. Olli and Hanna are aided by the helpful spider Suzie as they explore the natural world around them.

Grades 3-6

Eco S.O.S.

NEW! Eco S.O.S. Series (Spanish)

Eco, the little bear, travels around the world observing human interactions with the environment. During his journey, he meets many other friends from the animal kingdom and gets a firsthand look into some of the environmental and social problems facing the planet. Eco and his friends provide ways for humans to ensure a healthy planet for the future.

Grades 2-5


TIP: Learning Center, eLearning Resources, & Help Center

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Learning Center

DCMP's Learning Center contains hundreds of posts packed with information pertaining to accessible media for education. Easily find information on captioning, description, using accessible media in the classroom, parent and teacher resources, and more.

Premium Resources

DCMP's Captioning Key and Description Key are the go-to guidelines for anyone wishing to make educational videos accessible.

eLearning Resources

Our eLearning resources include offerings for teachers; professional and amateur captioners and describers; students in transition and their teachers; and ASL interpreters. Registration is free, and DCMP members can use their existing account.


Free, online training modules developed by pepnet 2 and updated by DCMP are self-paced and available 24/7. Subjects include offline captioning, realtime speech-to-text, getting a job, transition, and notetaking. 


QuickClasses are asynchronous, online classes for professionals working with students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low-vision, or deaf-blind.


Webinars feature top professionals in the field of accessible media. Archived webinars include topics on using and adding description to videos for classroom use.

Help Center

Here you can find answers on how to manage and customize your DCMP account information, find handy shortcuts, and learn about valuable features that may be new to you.


Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month
Hearing and vision screening for very young children can be difficult to diagnose when the child also has autism. It is possible for a child to have a significant visual impairment and autism, or a hearing loss and autism. Up to 40% of children with hearing loss having an additional disability.

Collaborative efforts between parents, doctors, and teachers are important in appropriately diagnosing children. Cooperative efforts between vision, hearing, and autism programs can be critical in ensuring children have all the resources they need. For more information:

Related Media Resources

Heart Child

Heart Child

This documentary chronicles the story of a mother's journey to create and sustain a non-profit organization for autistic children. Crys Worley is the mother of an autistic son, Sasha. While she has health struggles of her own, she starts A. Skate (Autism. Skating with Kids through Acceptance, Therapy, and Education) as a resource for other autistic children and their families.

Grades 9-12


Yoga for Physical and Mental Health

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Every parent and teacher knows that daily exercise is crucial to a child's mental and physical development. In the modern classroom, physical activity isn't just for gym class anymore.

Some schools have introduced active classroom furniture such as pedal desks and kid-sized ball chairs to keep students moving while they learn. Some teachers are even integrating yoga into English class.

Kids who move better, learn better. Helping kids be more active in a controlled environment, whether it's in the classroom, the gym, or at home, improves mental health, behavior, attention spans, and even grades.

Related Media Resources

NEW! Ooommm Mmmooo Yoga For Children (Spanish)

In this series, children learn the benefits of yoga. The yoga master cat and a group of cows teach the different yoga positions and explain the health benefits for mind and body.

Grades PS-3


Benefits of Exercise

Discusses how aerobic exercise makes us sharper mentally, and providing protection against mood disorders. Teens describe how exercise helped them deal with depression, anxiety, and stress.

Grades 7-12
Includes Pre/Post Test

New Releases from PBS and CafeMom Studios

Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi Series

Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi
Join Emmy Award-winning travel host, producer, and dancer Mickela Mallozzi on her adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time. From rediscovering her family’s roots in Southern Italy to exploring the diverse regions of Central Asia in the hills of Turkey, Mickela’s travels explore the traditional dances of every culture while connecting with the local community through celebrations.
Grades 7-12  

Our Special Life Series

Our Special Life
Parents share their experiences of raising children with disabilities. They discuss getting a diagnosis, finding support, and creating a positive family life. Each episode profiles a family and chronicles their life. See more at the CafeMom Studios channel.
Grades 7-12

On Broadway With Kids: Featuring Parents From Mamma Mia! Series

Ever wonder how to raise a family, maintain the fast-paced life of Broadway, and look cool doing eight shows a week? This series offers viewers a peek behind the curtain and glimpse beyond the apartment doors of three moms and one dad who work on the hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia! from CafeMom Studios.
Grades 10-12


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American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference

Oakland City Center Marriott, CA
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting. #AFBLC18 AFB site


Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf

St. Augustine, FL
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting. #CEASD CEASD site


National Outreach Conference

St. Augustine, FL
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting. NOC site


About DCMP

DCMP membership provides unlimited access to thousands of accessible educational videos. We're fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education, so there are no costs associated with any of our services. Family members, school personnel, and other professionals who work with early learners through Grade 12 students with a hearing or vision loss do qualify for membership. DCMP members can:
  • Access thousands of educational videos that are described and captioned in our Media Library, including training for parents, teachers, and interpreters.
  • Check out videos on DVD (with free return postage), or watch instantly on PC, Roku, tablets, and smartphones. iOS users can use the DCMP iOS app.
  • Create and share Student Accounts to assign videos and promote independent learning.
  • Access resources on education, accessibility, and advocacy in our Learning Center.
  • Stay up-to-date on news and recently added videos by subscribing to our monthly newsletter.
  • Watch accessible television series such as The Magic School Bus, BizKids, Daniel Tiger, Ocean Mysteries, and Bill Nye.
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