Tech Talk Tuesdays

Tech Talk Tuesdays take place the first, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room 215, Adaptive Services Department, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Please check DCPL calendar for changes during and immediately after holidays.) This meet-up is an opportunity for adaptive technology users to get together and share information on specific topics. If you need accommodation including American Sign Language interpretation, please let us know as soon as possible.  Please contact us at 202-727-2142 or lbph.dcpl@dc.gov.  Our accommodation statement is here:  http://www.dclibrary.org/node/2095.


First Tuesdays

The first Tuesday, we feature iPad accessibility training using the Voiceover screen reader, Zoom magnification and accessible apps for people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities.

iPad and iTouch devices are available for people to use on a first-come, first-served basis. Please feel free to bring your own iOS devices.

We try to fit the format of the meeting to suit the needs of the people who show up, so if you are a beginner, we will try to get you one-on-one hands on training, and if you have intermediate skills, we will try to put you in a group with experts.
 

Second Tuesdays

The second Tuesday is our Professional-level Employment-related meet-up, where community members get together to share information and strategies related to the job search.

The Job Club is an opportunity for job seekers to support each other, network and work towards employment. Each meeting starts with a group discussion with the opportunity for more experienced members of the community to offer advice. Some topics are listed below.  

After group discussion, there will be time for individual work in our Adaptive Workstation Lab, with one-on-one help as much as is possible, and facilitated break-out groups.
 
Job Club topics include the following:
  1. Adaptive, Social and Job-related Technologies, Local Wiki for resource sharing 
  2. What are my skills?  What do I like to do?
  3. Marketing strategies - Business cards, resume, elevator pitch etc.
  4. Job searching - Agencies, online, cold Calls
  5. Interviews - Dress for success, fielding questions, mock interviews 
  6. Decision making, clarifying priorities, determining fit and salary, negotiating salary 
  7. Continuing the search, staying employed, dealing with unemployment, making it routine

Fourth Tuesdays

The fourth Tuesday evening is Game Night for blind and low-vision gamers. All games are adapted for the vision-impaired with Braille and large print. Gaming is a fun and interactive way to promote knowledge, literacy and community. The event is open to all ages. Games include:
  • Braille Scrabble
  • Braille Bingo
  • Adaptive word games on the computer
  • Large print card games with braille
  • Braille and large print trivia games
  • And more

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