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Described and Captioned Media Program
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In this issue:

TIP: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
When I borrow a DVD, how long can I keep it?
  • The due date is about one week after you receive the DVD and is printed on the prepaid returnable envelope.

I have only one qualifying student. Do I qualify?
  • Yes. As long as you have at least one qualifying student who is deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind, you do qualify for membership and can use DCMP described and captioned media in your classroom to help make it inclusive.

I am a homeschool parent. Do I qualify for membership?
  • Yes. As long as you have at least one qualifying student, you do qualify for membership.

Do the videos have lesson guides?
  • Many of the videos do have lesson guides or related resources. They are listed below each video under "Available Resources."

Why is DCMP free?
  • DCMP is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Do you have videos in Spanish?
  • DCMP has hundreds of described and captioned Spanish-language videos, which you can find by choosing "Spanish Captioned" or "Spanish Described" in your Browsing Preferences.

What are video ratings? 
  • The star rating (★★★★☆) allows viewers to informally rate videos. This is an opportunity to share an opinion that may be helpful to other members.

Are there studies to support using captioning and description in the classroom?

DCMP Election Headquarters

DCMP Election Headquarters
Whether you're focused on national, state, or local elections, DCMP has accessible resources to support your classroom. These include dozens of described and captioned videos. Additionally, we have compiled information concerning the "Help America Vote Act" and other resources of special interest to voters who are blind or deaf:
  • The Blind and Visually Impaired Voter's Guide
  • The Blind Voter Experience
  • Why Should Deaf People Vote?
  • Deaf Voter Rights: Accessible Polling Places
  • Help America Vote - What is HAVA?
  • A Political Profile of Persons With Disabilities: Pew Research Center
Accessible videos with lesson guides include:
  • Duck for President
  • My Senator and Me: A Dog's-eye View of Washington, D.C.
  • Pups of Liberty
  • So You Want to be President
  • We are Citizens
  • We Vote

Career Connections for Students

A chef sits in an empty cafeteria. Caption reads - To be able to speak multiple languages, as a chef.
All kids know what they want to be when they grow up. Or do they? Careers continue to transform and evolve. Some experts claim that most of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. Educators work hard to give their students a broad base to help them make choices and adapt to change. And sometimes students discover a new possibility on their own.

A good way to introduce new career ideas to students is to let them peruse the Career Connections series. They’re bound to become inspired by some of these 86 short videos produced by the Ohio Broadcast Educational Media Commission.
Career Connections

Career Connections Series

Young professionals discuss their jobs and provide behind-the-scenes glimpses into their daily routines. Viewers learn about in-demand jobs, and what it takes to succeed in these careers. Career Connections is a powerful resource for students as they explore possible career options.

Grades 7-12

New Releases

Films Media Group Channel

Films Media Group
NEW Millennials: Growing Up In the 21st Century (Series) Filmmaker Rick Stevenson documents the lives of children over a time period of 15 years. He interviews them annually and asks a series of questions designed to encourage self-discovery. Each episode features the stories of several children.

NEW The Crowd and the Cloud (Series) Hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, each episode highlights several examples of citizens becoming involved in the scientific process, collecting data, and helping scientists further their research and understanding of many social and environmental issues.

NEW Classification Systems Carl Linnaeus was the first to propose a classification system of organisms. His system developed into the organizational structure used in the life sciences today. Viewers also learn how new scientific names are created and how the existing system has been further refined using DNA studies.

NEW Core Concepts in Psychology (Series) Psychology professors replicate various experiments to demonstrate essential psychological concepts. These experiments provide a foundation and understanding for conducting scientifically sound research in psychology. This series also provides practical application of vocabulary important to the field of psychology.

NOAA Channel

NOAA Channel
NEW The Science Behind... (Series) Scientists at NOAA Fisheries discuss their research into endangered and threatened species. They provide updates on the health of marine life around the United States. Their research focuses on habitat use and population growth of various species.

NEW Get to Know Your Seafood from Ocean to Plate How does seafood get from the ocean to the plate? This video shows the journey U.S. seafood makes to get to the tables of hungry seafood lovers. Viewers are also given tips for making sustainable food choices.

Green Planet Films Channel

Green Planet Films
NEW The Krill Is Gone Rising acidity in sea water is harmful to all ocean life. This short animated video explains how burning fossil fuels is increasing the acidity of the world's oceans. This is also impacting the fragile underwater ecosystems.

NEW Trees Rendered in woodcut-inspired 2-D, this short animation serves as a comic warning about the devastating effects of clear-cutting rain forests. The story unfolds in a lush jungle inhabited with exotic creatures. Suddenly, a chain saw can be heard in the distance, followed by the sound of trees crashing to the ground.

Fall QuickClasses for Professional Development

DCMP will offer two QuickClasses October 8–28 and November 26–December 16, 2018:
Using Accessible Media in the Classroom With Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing is for professionals working with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing in K-12 educational settings. (This class is preapproved for RID CEUs.)

Using Accessible Media in the Classroom With Students Who are Blind and Visually Impaired is for professionals working with individuals who are blind or visually impaired in K-12 educational settings. (This class is preapproved for ACVREP credit.)

The courses will explore the benefits of using media in the classroom. They will explain the importance of accessible media for students with sensory impairments as well as students with and without disabilities. You will learn to evaluate the quality of accessibility features and various techniques for utilizing media to enhance classroom instruction.
These classes are three-week, asynchronous, online training. Choose your preferred time during the week to work online and meet weekly deadlines. Expect to spend approximately five hours per week completing the required work. When you successfully complete the class, you will receive a certificate for 15 continuing education credits.

The class is sponsored by the Described and Captioned Media Program, is free of charge, and fully accessible.
  1. Log in or sign up for a DCMP account.
  2. Go to your eLearning Dashboard.
  3. Select a QuickClass from the Opportunities section to register. (If no QuickClasses are listed, either registration is not yet open or the class is full.)
Registration begins September 4 for the October class, and closes September 28, or when the class is full. Registration begins October 29 for the November class, and closes November 16, or when the class is full. Space is limited so be sure to register early. Please contact Cindy Camp at with any questions.

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 Electric Company, The Dog Whisperer, Franklin and Friends, Plaza Sésamo, PAW Patrol, and Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown.
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