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In this issue:

Happy Holidays!

holiday card
Image description: A light snow falls as a smiling crescent moon hangs low in the night sky. Nestled among the roots of an old tree, several mushrooms with red tops and white spots poke through a layer of snow. A larger mushroom sports a windowed door with a light shining from within. A DCMP logo is painted on its spotted roof, and smoke wafts from a stovepipe chimney. A smiling mushroom character with a white cane and plaid pants carries a gift-wrapped box through the snow toward a path leading to the DCMP mushroom. A bearded gnome with a hearing aid wears a long, pointed hat and carries a gift. A blackbird wearing a top hat sits astride a low-hanging branch and waves.

TIP: Ordering DVDs

Request a DVD button on video player page.
While most members use our video streaming service, DCMP offers a DVD loan service to support schools and homes in rural areas without broadband Internet access, and for those times when it's just easier to have a physical copy of a video. Here are some tips for ordering DVDs:
  • After you find the video you want, look for the "Request a DVD" button below the video player.
  • You can order DVDs a week to several months in advance in preparation for classroom lessons and activities.
  • When choosing a delivery date, allow about a week for shipping via USPS.
  • DVD loan and shipping are free, and DVDs are shipped in a postage-paid returnable envelope.
  • Double-check your shipping address.
  • Each DVD is shipped with a card for reporting problems.
  • Please complete a Media Response for each DVD you view. Your valuable feedback helps us justify to the U.S. Department of Education the continuation of our free services. When you log in, look for My Media Responses on your Dashboard.
  • When you borrow a DVD, it must be returned by the due date printed on the shipping envelope. If you need more time, log in, go to your Media History, and click the button to extend your due date for another week.
  • To cancel or report a problem with a DVD order, log in, go to your Media History, and select "Cancel" or "Report a Problem."
  • Each DVD will have all available accessibility options for that particular title, and most have audio menus.
  • Parents can order DVDs to take along on vacation so that students can watch them during car trips.

A young woman stands with her back toward us in a doorway with hands on the door jambs, facing a bright light outdoors.
Life is a series of transitions. Children face changes and challenges as they transition from kindergarten to first grade; from elementary to middle school; and from middle to high school. But perhaps the most challenging transition comes after graduation from high school, because there are so many choices. Teachers and parents often struggle to ensure that their students are ready for this major transition... Read more

Related Resources

Map It

Map It: What Comes Next? Module

This is a free, online, interactive training module designed for transition-aged students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The training utilizes three questions: Who am I? What do I want? How do I get there?
Free Registration Required


Getting a Job

Getting a Job! Module

This online training module was developed and designed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and the professionals who work with them. Focusing on the transition from school to work, the training offers a series of activities, supporting documents and topical videos designed to help the job seeker prepare for the world of work. All the videos in the modules are presented in ASL, and are also voiced in English and captioned.
Free Registration Required


Is Your Student Ready for College?

Going to college is a major life transition. Students experience more freedom and responsibility than ever before. They may be living on their own for the first time, either in a dorm or apartment. They need independent living skills to make sure they wake up on time, eat healthy meals, and can do their own laundry. There is suddenly no one to tell them to go to class, much less do their homework. And students with disabilities must now self-disclose and seek accommodations when they may have been used to everything being done for them in high school... Read more

Related Resource

Real Life 101

Real Life 101: College Prep

With college just ahead of them, the hosts receive some helpful suggestions from a college counselor about applying to schools, meet a special tutor whose job is to help students ace SAT exams, and speak with a woman who gives writing tips for college application essays.
Grades 6-12

Is Your Student Ready for a Job?

Once students have finished with school, whether it be high school or college, they face the sometimes daunting transition into the world of work. Although we go to school to prepare for a job, the reality is often different from what we expect. And in a competitive job market, the process of finding a job is often a lengthy one... Read more

Related Resources

Career Options for Women

Career Options for Women: Emerging Opportunities (Series)

This series raises viewer awareness, confidence, and excitement about career opportunities. Young women who have not yet entered the workforce will see that the sky is the limit, and viewers in general will understand how companies and work environments are enriched by greater diversity.
Grades 7-12

Career Connections

Career Connections (Series)

In this PBS Learning Media series of 60 videos, 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.
Grades 6-12


Everyone Needs a Role Model - Jake Olson

Jake Olson smiling and wearing a football uniform on the field.
Children often hear the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” They may respond by sharing their goals of wanting to become an astronaut, rock star, princess, or president. While these professions are unlikely outcomes for most children, we try not to discourage their dreams. Do we offer the same level of encouragement to students with disabilities? We should. There are many role models for these students who show us anything is possible.

Most people would say that a blind person couldn’t play football. But Jake Olson didn’t let that stop him... Read more

Related Resources

Game Changers with Kevin Frazier

Game Changers with Kevin Frazier

Host Kevin Frazier interviews college football player Jake Olson, who is blind. Part of the Game Changers series.
Grades 5-12

Super Deafy

No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie

As SuperDeafy seeks to redefine himself in the entertainment industry, he also influences Jacob to redefine what "being normal" means and to find the courage to stand up to a school bully.
Rated PG 
Drama/Comedy  1h 19m

New Releases

Women Make Movies Channel

Great Unsung Women of Computing.
Great Unsung Women of Computing (Series)
In the United States, women are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields, holding under twenty-five percent of STEM jobs and a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees. This three-part series shows how women revolutionized the computing and Internet technology used today. It also chronicles some of the current advancements women are making in technological fields.
Grades 7-12

Weston Woods Studios Channel

Leo a ghost story, Two Friends, Wolfie the bunny, Friend shape.Leo: A Ghost Story
Leo likes to draw. He makes delicious snacks, and most people can’t even see him. Leo is a ghost. When a new family moves into his home, Leo’s efforts to welcome them are misunderstood. He decides it is time to leave and see the world. That is how he meets Jane, and they become friends. Based on a book by Mac Barnett.
Grades K-3

Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass
Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. Based on the book by Dean Robbins.
Grades 2-5

Wolfie the Bunny
The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and their daughter, Dot, is the only one who realizes Wolfie can and might eat them all up. Adjusting to a new family member can be difficult. This story treats it in a fun and loving way. Based on the book by Ame Dyckman.
Grades 2-5

Everyone needs friends. Friends provide laughs in times of fun and advice in tough times. Students learn the meaning of true friendship. Based on the book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
Grades K-4

PBS Learning Media Channel

Do the Penguin ShuffleDo the Penguin Shuffle
This musical animation explores beats and rhythm as six different animals, including a shuffling penguin, move to their own slow, medium, and fast songs. The animation challenges kids to make up their own beats and move like an animal. Part of the Art to Heart series.
Grades K-5


Winter Holidays

A snowman with a stocking cap and carrot nose.

Santa and his eight reindeer visit a family's home... A wealthy merchant learns the true meaning of Hanukkah... Sam goes with his mother on Chinese New Year's Day to spend his lucky money...

DCMP has resources to help your students learn about winter holidays and offers these accessible videos to get your class off to a good start.


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  • 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.
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  • Watch accessible television series such as The Magic School Bus, BizKids, Daniel Tiger, Ocean Mysteries, and Bill Nye.
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