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In this issue:

Happy Holidays from DCMP!

Image description: Several small animals gather together in the corner of a room. They view an accessible video on a computer tablet that is propped up against the wall. A mouse with blue hearing aids sits on the edge of a candlestick, holding a piece of popcorn. A gerbil lies on the wood floor, propped up on its elbows. Sitting on a thread spool, a chameleon holds a thimble as a drinking cup. A chipmunk with eyeglasses and a white cane sits on another spool, eating a grape. Through a small hole in the wall walks a squirrel with a white cane. Grapes and a piece of popcorn lie on the floor, and streamers hang from above. A sprig of holly is placed in the hole of a spool. A pocket watch hangs from a nail above the hole in the wall.


A person uses the DCMP app on a computer tablet.
DCMP members and their students can view accessible television programs and educational videos on iOS devices with the DCMP iOS app. Not only are videos captioned and described, but the app itself is accessible. With DCMP's iOS app, you can:
  • Easily log students in to their student accounts on classroom-shared iPads with one simple PIN.
  • Create Classes, or groups, of student accounts to expedite the assignment of videos.
  • Set video permissions for individual students or at the class level with a simple click.
  • Share student accounts with teachers and parents who are DCMP members.
  • Turn on the high-contrast theme for low-vision students.
  • Encourage independent learning through student accounts by granting access to accessible television programs and other educational videos.

How to Download the DCMP App

In order to use the DCMP app you will need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod running iOS 8 or later. You'll also need an internet connection fast enough to support streaming video.

Go to, or open the App Store, click "Search" and type "DCMP." It should be the first result. Our app is free, so simply click the "Get" button to install.

Click the "Open" button in the app store, or click the home button and open the DCMP app from your home screen. Enter your DCMP username and password and click "Sign In." If you don't have a DCMP account, you may click "Continue as Guest" to view the freely available videos we have in the collection.

Learn more about DCMP's iOS app and watch the video tutorial in our Help section:

December Holidays and Observances

This Is Emily Yeung Celebrating The Holidays
Features Emily, the six-year-old host, who celebrates Christmas and learns how to make Christmas cookies, Chanukah latkes, the Muslim traditional dessert seviya, and Kwanzaa cornbread. Using a natural, unscripted format, Emily investigates the world through her own candid comments and questions, engaging everyone she meets. Teaches young learners basic concepts about the world around them in a manner that is positive and nonthreatening.

Grades: K-3

The Night Before Christmas
Santa and his eight reindeer visit a family's home on Christmas Eve in this version of Clement Moore's classic poem. Iconographic style with slight animation.

Grades: Ps-3

In the Month of Kislev
A wealthy merchant learns the true meaning of Hanukkah (Chanukah) when he takes the family of a poor peddler to court for savoring the smell of his wife's pancakes from outside their window. Based on the book by Nina Jaffe.

Grades: 2-6

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
For each new day of Kwanzaa, a new candle is lit, and children and adults share their thoughts, songs, stories from the past, dreams about the future, and a delicious feast on the last day. Based on the book by Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Grades: 2-6

Sam and the Lucky Money
In this colorfully illustrated story, Sam goes with his mother to Chinatown on Chinese New Year's Day to spend his traditional gift of lucky money on whatever he chooses. Based on the book by Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van Wright, and Ying-Hwa Hu.

Grades: 2-6

The Gift of the Magi
Adaptation of O. Henry's short story of a young couple's devotion to each other. Della and Jim each sell a prized possession in order to have money to buy a Christmas gift for the other.

Grades 6-10

Gawain and the Green Knight
A dramatization of the 14th-century poem, one of the best known of the Arthurian legends. The Green Knight issues a challenge at King Arthur's Christmas feast.

Grades 9-12

SCSDB Students Help Create ILY Sculpture

The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind and sculptor Bob Doster unveiled a new sculpture in the heart of downtown Spartanburg, SC, in October. The sculpture, titled "I Love You," is in the shape of the American Sign Language sign for "I love you." The sculpture is comprised of students' traced hands making the "I love you" sign.

Josh Padgett, the school's fine arts coordinator, said, "It was just a great, great project for bringing people together. It showed what synergistic thinking can really create. We love the symbol that it is. The students had a great time making it."

Cathi Holst, a SCSDB graduate and an ASL teacher at the school, said, "When you see this hand shape, I want you all to remember that it represents a barrier-free access to language. Even though there are hearing people who may be able to sign and others that may not be able to sign, we have one hand shape that they may be able to use with family and friends to let them know that they love them."

If you find yourself in Spartanburg, home of DCMP headquarters, give us a call, and we'll let you know how to find the ILY statue.

Related Resources

Making an American Monument: An Epic Journey in Bronze
This documentary chronicles the work of three world-renowned sculptors over a period of 11 years as they create one of the world's largest installations of bronze sculptures.

Grades 8-12

Who Created the Statue of Liberty?
Nate Heck heads to Liberty Island in New York for an art lesson about the Statue of Liberty. He learns about the artists and techniques used to create this famous sculpture. Part of the Artrageous With Nate series.

Grades 7-12

Plaza Sésamo: Let's Paint the Forest! (Spanish)
In this episode, students focus on the letter B and number 13. Other segments discuss different works of art and sculptures. Students also learn how to recycle. Part of the Plaza Sésamo series.

Grades Ps-3

New Videos From Learning ZoneXpress, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, and American Museum of Natural History

Learning ZoneXpress Channel

Learning Zone Express.
Learning ZoneXpress is an award-winning nutrition education publisher whose mission is to improve the health and vitality of people by providing relevant, creative, and affordable teaching tools about healthy behaviors and nutrition.

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Channel

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab produces a veritable ocean of educational resources on weather, climate, and oceanic science for learners of all ages and backgrounds.

American Museum of Natural History Channel

American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History channel takes you behind the scenes of AMNH exhibits, into its world-class collections, out to the field with researchers, and through scientific concepts that illuminate the natural world.

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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