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In this issue:

Spooktacular Videos

DCMP has plenty of spooky and not-so-spooky videos for monsters and ghouls of all ages. You and your students can find over 50 frightful videos with captions and description, including The Teacher From the Black Lagoon, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)Salem Witch Trials, Clash of the Gods: Tolkien's Monsters, and Wild Chronicles: Tarantulas.

Click for more spooky videos.

TIP: Printing Caption Transcripts

Transcripts of a video's caption file can be printed by clicking the "Print" button under "Transcript Options." Teachers can print transcripts to review content for inclusion in classroom discussions and tests, while students can use them to study vocabulary words and increase comprehension.

Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) Contest

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The American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program are cosponsoring an exciting opportunity for blind and visually impaired young people, in four categories from ages 7 to 21: the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) contest.

Kids love movies! Multimedia experiences are integral to public, private, and special education curriculum. Audio description provides access to all the visual images of the films and videos that sighted young people enjoy.

Students can choose an audio-described film or video from the thousands of titles available through DCMP, borrow an audio-described video from a library, or find dozens of audio-described videos available for purchase through the ACB-ADP website.

Reviews can be submitted in writing, in braille, or via an audio recording. Entries can also be submitted via email or postal mail.

Deadline for entries is Friday, December 3, 2018. Contest winners in each category will be chosen by January of 2019, and the grand prize winner will receive an iPad Mini! Each first-place winner will receive a $100 iTunes gift card. Second-place winners will receive a $50 iTunes gift card, and the third-place winners will receive a $25 iTunes gift card. Each supporting teacher who has a first-place winning student will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card. Prizes are provided by ACB.

Earn CEUs With DCMP QuickClasses and Training Modules

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Interpreters and teachers can earn CEUs from DCMP online trainings. DCMP is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. CEUs are now available for the following online trainings:


  • Access: Post-Production/Offline Captioning Module (0.2 CEU in GS)
  • Access: Realtime Speech-to-Text Module (0.15 CEU in GS)
  • Access: The Fundamentals Module (0.1 CEU in GS)


The following QuickClasses are approved for 1.5 CEUs in GS through RID:
  • Using Accessible Media in the Classroom With Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    October 8 – 28, 2018
    November 26 – December 16, 2018
  • Using Accessible Media in the Classroom With Students Who are Blind and Visually Impaired
    October 8 – 28, 2018
    November 26 – December 16, 2018
Registration is now open for the October classes. Registration for the November classes will open October 22, 2018.

Simply complete the training and fill out the CEU request form. CEUs are submitted at the beginning of each month. For additional information contact Cindy Camp (

New Releases From Field Museum, Green Planet Films, and More

Field Museum Channel

The Brain Scoop
The Brain Scoop (Series) Host Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent at The Field Museum, explores the many collections at the museum. Each episode provides a behind-the-scenes look at research, species preservation, and new scientific developments. Experts in various scientific fields discuss their fieldwork and share stories about their collections.

Grades 10-12

Natural News From The Field Museum
Natural News From The Field Museum (Series) This news-style series highlights current topics in the science community. Host Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent at The Field Museum, offers insight into topical stories related to timely scientific questions.

Grades 10-12

The Video Project Channel

From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City
From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City Residents of Flint, Michigan describe their personal struggles with medical issues which arose from contaminated water. Lead from aging lines leached into the local water supply, along with bacteria and other contaminants, creating a serious health crisis. This Student Academy Awards-winning documentary highlights the stories of residents who were personally injured, along with the work of local organizations and individuals that rallied to support them.

Grades 10-12

Green Planet Films Channel

Stories From the Seventh Fire
Stories From the Seventh Fire (Series) Gifted Native North American artists, animators, storytellers, actors, and filmmakers have produced these animated legends for all to share. World-renowned Ojibwa artist Norval Morrisseau’s paintings come alive with animations of Wesakechack, the benevolent culture hero of the Cree. The legends are narrated by actor and storyteller Tantoo Cardinal.

Grades 3-6

White Cane Safety Day — October 15

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Federal law authorizes the President of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as "White Cane Safety Day." Its purpose is to gain recognition for the growing independence and self-sufficiency of persons with a visual impairment, and also to gain recognition of the white cane as the symbol of that independence and self-reliance.

Related Media Resources

Raising A Visually Impaired Child

Raising A Visually Impaired Child (Series)

Children with visual impairments and their family members discuss their lives, highlight activities they participate in, and promote the message of inclusion and respect.

Grades 7-12 / PT-TT

Our Special Life: A Child With Blindness

Our Special Life: A Child With Blindness (The Planson Family)

Emma is an active five-year-old who enjoys gymnastics and Girl Scouts. She was born with a visual impairment. In this episode, her family discusses learning to read and write in Braille. Part of the Our Special Life series.

Grades 7-12


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 Bare Feet With Mickela Mallozzi, Bubble Guppies, Rock the Park, Lucky Dog, and The Inspectors.
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