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In this issue:

On-demand Accessible Television for Home and the Classroom

Accessible Television webpage. Large image of Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown. Rows of small image previews of videos.
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education announced that several children’s television programs could now be viewed online with captioning and description through DCMP’s Accessible Television Portal. Since that time, DCMP has continued working with ED Television Access grantees to make accessible television content available at no cost to thousands of students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. Broadcast content is provided by the major television networks, as well as producers and distributors like PBS Kids, the Fred Rogers Company, Sprout, and Litton Entertainment.

The initial 73 episodes of 19 different children’s television programs has expanded to 473 episodes of 56 programs. Additional broadcast content from other DCMP partners brings the total to 108 television programs with over 1,300 episodes, including nearly 400 in Spanish. These include programs such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, Plaza Sésamo, Ocean Mysteries, and Teen Kids News.

We’ve made it easier for you to navigate through Accessible Television programs at A new graphical interface displays the most recently added episodes, and you can scroll through all the series and see how many episodes are available for each. Hovering over or tapping once on individual episodes reveals the duration, grade levels, and accessibility features.

Television has always been an important educational tool, but in some ways it has become more difficult to utilize in classrooms. By offering educational programs on-demand, the U.S. Department of Education, Television Access grantees, and DCMP provide a bridge that connects your students with high-quality educational content.

Map It: What Comes Next? Teacher Curriculum

Silhouette of several students tossing graduation caps in the air.
All students dream of a day when they will graduate high school and become independent adults. However, many don’t fully understand what this means or know how to plan for it. The challenges are often compounded for students who are deaf and hard of hearing because they miss out on incidental learning about the world of work, finances, and even independent living.

There are many resources available to help students transition from school to work or college, though most do not take into account the unique experiences students who are deaf and hard of hearing encounter in choosing a college and/or a career. Finally, there is a comprehensive curriculum for teachers and parents to use with students who are deaf and hard of hearing: Map It: What Comes Next?

This free, online module has been available for several years and has thousands of users. Now there is a companion: Map It Teacher Curriculum. This newly released curriculum contains lesson plans, guided activities, and resources that can be used to help students learn about self-determination and self-advocacy. The curriculum culminates with a student-focused transition plan and materials to support students' active involvement in the IEP process. It recognizes that educational settings and access to services vary across the country, creating different needs for students, educators, and professionals.

Use this valuable, free resource to create an inclusive transition plan for your students and meet Indicator 13 goals. Included assessments and activities can be shared with parents and vocational rehabilitation counselors. Students can work independently, in small groups, or as a class. And many activities are linked to companion videos in the DCMP collection.

TIP: Sharing Student Accounts

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When you’ve created a Student Account, you can share it with other DCMP members who are associated with the student. This prevents students from having to manage multiple accounts.

To share a Student Account, go to your Account Dashboard. Click the "Students" button. Then select the Student Account you wish to share. Click the "Share Student" button.

Clicking the "Share Student" button will generate a share code that is and will remain unique to that student. You can print out or email the code to share it with another DCMP member.

If a DCMP member has shared a Student Account with you, follow the steps to create a new Student Account. Instead of entering the student's name, select the option to enter a student share code. The student's account information will automatically be entered.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, surrounded by several other men and park rangers, Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at a podium covered with microphones, his right arm outstretched.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday that marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism during the Civil Rights Movement. It is observed on the third Monday in January, near his birthday on January 15.

When King was a boy, he was troubled by the racism that black people often faced in the segregated South... Read more

Related Resources

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reenacts King's life, beginning with his childhood in Atlanta and his relationship with his family. Covers King's becoming a minister in Montgomery, Alabama, where he worked for equality for African Americans.
Grades 2-5


Comments from Teachers

"Great resource for MLK Jr Day. Students enjoyed learning about his life. They really enjoy the biographies. Thank you!"

"Loved the content and the facts that gave some background knowledge other than what is usually said about MLK. The boyhood information helped my middle schoolers relate to him better."

"The kids were engrossed in this film. They really liked the reenactment format."

The Black American Experience

Chronicles the lives, passions, and contributions of African Americans who have left their stamp on history. Each program paints an intimate portrait of some of the most influential and inspiring individuals during turbulent and changing times in American history.
Grades 6-12

New Releases

Film Ideas Channel

Sites for Your Eyes
Sites for Your Eyes (Series)
This fourteen-part series highlights various destinations chosen for their beauty, their authenticity, and their richness. Each episode reveals unique, and sometimes inaccessible, landscapes in order to give viewers a complete understanding of the region.
Grades 7-12
  Of Hearts and Minds
Of Hearts and Minds
The heart is the most symbolic organ of the human body. Across history, it has been seen as the source of emotions and the center of human existence. However, by the seventeenth century, scientific understanding overturned historical ideas, and the heart was recognized merely as a mechanical pump. More recently, Professor David Paterson from the University of Oxford has been doing extensive research that challenges this view. He has discovered that the heart has millions of specialized neurons just like those that are in the brain. Neurons are the cells that give humans the ability to think. So what does their presence in the heart mean?
Grades 10-12

World Heritage
The World Heritage (Series)
This series transports viewers to some of the most popular and inspiring World Heritage sites. From lost civilizations to the splendors of Earth's beauty, across the continents and under the sea, viewers will discover why these treasures are so critical to preserve and enjoy.
Grades 7-12

Weston Woods Studios Channel

Scaredy Squirrel
Scaredy Squirrel (Series)
Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his tree because he is afraid of the unknown. Then something unexpected happens that may just change his outlook.
Grades 2-5

Mother Bruce
Mother Bruce
Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. He also loves to eat eggs. One day he takes some goose eggs home and prepares to cook them. However, they hatch before he has time to cook them, and Bruce finds himself surrounded by goslings. Even worse, the goslings are convinced Bruce is their mother. Based on the book by Ryan T. Higgins.
Grades 2-5

January Holidays and Observances You May Never Have Heard Of

Know Your Penguins. Cartoon of six penguins: Adelie, African, Chinstrap, Emperor, Erect-crested, and Fiordland. Graphic by Peppermint Narwhal

January is well-known for New Year's celebrations and resolutions. However, there are many lesser-known holidays that occur throughout the month. Some special days you might not see on your wall calendar:
  • Fruitcake Toss Day (Jan. 3)
  • Dress Up Your Pet Day (Jan. 14)
  • Winnie the Pooh Day (Jan. 18)
  • Penguin Awareness Day (Jan. 20)
  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (last Monday of the month)
DCMP has plenty of videos to help you teach traditional observances as well as pique your students' interest with celebrations they may never have heard of before.

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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