Accessibility Accelerator Series

Accessibility Accelerator Series

Fall 2012 Adaptive Technology and Innovation events

The Adaptive Services Division will sponsor a series of events this fall that bring different communities together around the topics of innovation and Adaptive Technologies (AT).  AT users, developers, kids who are interested in technology, Seniors who need to use AT, and people who are interested in learning about ATs will get together, share information, produce requirements, build soulutions, and plan follow-ups.

The events will include:

AccessibilityCampDC 2012, Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
This is an unconference that brings the web accessibility community together to share information.  The event will feature impromtu talks on web accessibility, an adaptive gaming station, as well as opportunities for kids who like to play with technology to meet and mingle with people in the community, learn about adaptive technologies and web accessibility, and gather ideas for new tech projects.  Register here: http://accesscampdc12.eventbrite.com/#

The Accessibility Track of the Library Tech Project during DC Week, Nov. 2-10
This will be a series of events around DC Week, a citywide tech event that brings together developers and organizations, that will include mentorship of young adults with disabilities and development of new adaptive technologies:
  • The Secondary Transition Fair and Forum on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, where young adults who are interested in technology, and who have disabilities, and who are transitioning to work or higher education, will have the opportunity to propose tech solutions that would help them, and then participate in the process of developing an application that meets their needs.  SimpleEmotion.com, a company that makes an emotion-recognition software, will open their API so that developers can build solutions proposed by the young adults.
  • An iPad Accessibility and Imagining session on Nov. 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that will introduce participants to iPad accessibility and then allow them to imagine how an emotion recognition app could be built and be useful to people using an iOs device.
  • An Accessibility Hackathon where young adults and developers work together to build the proposed solutions using the API.  Date and time TBA.
A DC DIY (Do It Yourself) Fair for People with and without Disabilities, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 17, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 18, in the Great Hall of the MLK library.
Based on the model of the Un-conference, this is a relatively informal celebration of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset, showcase for incredible projects and space for innovation, in the disability community.  This will be a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect to people and projects in their local community.

We will be working with a number of orgnaizations in the community on these events, including:
  • SimpleEmotion.com, who will provide an API of their emotion recognition software that recognizes simple emotions in vocal intonation and facial expression.  They will work with members of the community who may have needs that can be met by solutions using this software.
  • United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), who will co-host, with Adaptive Services, a regular meetup that pushes forward projects initiated during this series of events, and that will be held on alternating dates at the library and at UCP headquarters. UCP is also planning to set up an Accessibility Hackspace in the D.C. area, where these efforts can be continued.
  • The Broadband Bridge, a community-based wireless mesh network program to provide underserved people with free broadband, who has hosted DISCOver TECHnology events all over the city, and who will bring together a number of groups with an interest in innovation, technology and the Do-It-Yourself mindset, to cosponsor the Mini Maker Unfaire.
  • HACDC, a community hackspace in Mt. Pleasant that will be helping the community to produce an accessible snap circuits product.
  • WikimediaDC, who has worked with the library on the LibraryLab project and a proposed Accessibility User Group.
  • The Federal Communications Commission, whose Developing with Accessibility and other events have initiated several projects that may be carried through at these library-sponsored events.

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