DCMP July Newsletter    View Online
Described and Captioned Media Program
July 2, 2018 shem.gif shem.gif shem.gif

In this issue:

IEP Resources

Cartoon of several people sitting around a table.
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written plan for each public school child who is enrolled special education. The IEP is tailored to a student's needs by educators, parents, support personnel, and students, and is reviewed at least once a year. It is meant to give the student a chance to participate in regular school culture and academics as much as is possible.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires the inclusion of certain information in the IEP but beginning the process can sometimes feel overwhelming. DCMP has several resources to help parents, educators, and students navigate the process.

Related Learning Center Resources

Amy's Start Toward a Successful Future

Amy's Start Toward a Successful Future: Why is It Important to Talk About the Future?

When I was in 2nd through 4th grade, I started attending IEP meetings to plan for my future. I felt so confused and overwhelmed when I listened to their discussions about my future. Later, when I was in the 6th through 7th grade, I finally started to participate and discuss issues on how to improve my education and plan my future a little bit at a time... Read more

Related Media Resources

Isabel Needs Assistive Technology

Isabel Needs Assistive Technology

This video helps parents prepare for the IEP meeting and provides additional resources. Parents are introduced to key terms found in the IEP documents as well as witness a dramatization of an IEP meeting.


TIP: Media Responses

A person sits at a desk typing on a laptop.
Each time you view media, we ask that you provide valuable feedback by completing a Media Response. The information collected helps justify the growing need and continued funding for DCMP's free services.

For each media item you view, you will receive an email with a Media Response request. Clicking the link will take you to your Media History page where you can leave feedback for each media item. Or, you can leave responses via the link in your Dashboard.

Completing Media Responses takes just a couple of minutes, and includes collecting the following information:
  • Did you view the media?
  • How many students who are deaf or blind viewed the media?
  • How do you rate the quality of the media and its accessibility features?
  • Do you have any additional comments?
Thank you!

New QuickClasses for Educators

DCMP quick classes
DCMP will offer two QuickClasses August 13–September 2, 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.

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.

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 July 16 and closes August 8, or when the class is full. Please contact Cindy Camp at with any questions. 

Independence Day

Animated colonial dog characters from Pups of Liberty hold a thirteen-starred American flag. Characters from Pups of Liberty hold an American flag with thirteen stars.

Related Media Resources

All About the Holidays

All About the Holidays: Independence Day

It is the Fourth of July. Learn about the history of the country's birthday and discover why Americans celebrate Independence Day. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

Grades 4-8

America--The Story Of Us: Revolution

America–The Story of Us: Revolution

The colonies declare independence, taking on the might of the British Empire. Washington's army is near defeat, but new weapons and battle tactics turn the tide. Forged through revolution, a new nation is born. As shown on the History Channel. Part of the "America: The Story of Us" series.

Grades 9-12
Includes Activity Guide and Idea Book for Educators


New Releases From Weston Woods and Coilbook

The Water Princess

The Water Princess
Based on supermodel Georgie Badiel’s childhood, a young girl dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village. With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land, but clean drinking water is scarce in her small village. Based on the book by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel. From the DCMP Weston Woods channel.

Grades K-3

From the Coilbook Channel



Toys (Series)

Max the Glow Train and his friends take a trip to the zoo, race with race cars, jump with monster trucks, and visit an amusement park. During all these adventures, viewers learn colors, numbers, letters, and the value of teamwork. This series helps early learners develop literacy and numeracy skills.
Grades PS-2

Shawn and Team (Series)

Shawn the Train and his friends learn the value of friendship as they rely on one another. As they conquer each adventure, they also learn numbers, colors, and letters. This series helps early learners develop literacy and numeracy skills.
Grades PS-2

Real City Heroes (Series)

Every city needs heroes. This animated series follows police officers, firefighters, an ambulance crew, and garbage trucks as they keep the city safe and clean. Viewers will learn ideals such as teamwork, honesty, hard work, and friendship.

Grades PS-3


Map with a biplane flying above it with red dotted line showing path.



American Council of the Blind Conference & Convention

Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, MO
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting. ACB site


Texas Statewide Conference of Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Hilton DFW Lakes, Grapevine, TX
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting. SWCED site


Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Peppermill Resort and Spa, Reno, NV
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting. AER site


EPICS 2018 Native American Conference on Special Education

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Albuquerque, NM
DCMP will be exhibiting and presenting. EPICS 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 Electric Company, The Dog Whisperer, Franklin and FriendsPlaza Sésamo, PAW Patrol, and Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown.
Twitter   Facebook    Learning Center    Track New Titles     Register     Media Library