Center for Accessibility

History and Etymology of American Sign Language

Celebrate Clerc-Gallaudet Week (Dec. 1-7)!Linguist Emily Shaw, Ph.D., will speak on the history of American Sign Language (ASL) and its roots in French Sign Language (LSF).  ASL and voice interpreters will be present.Adaptive Services Division, Room 215More information, call 202-559-5368, voice or videophone.

2013 Mayor’s Annual Disability Awareness Expo

This free event is for all the D.C.

ASL Story Hour

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri Why is the little squirrel is so busy he doesn’t have time for his friends today?   Deaf Services Librarian Janice Rosen will sign the story in ASL at the West End Neighborhood Library. After the story, enjoy craft activities related to the story.ASL/voice interpreters and therapy dogs from People Animals Love will be present.

Accessibility Camp DC

Fifth annual un-conference on improving web accessibility.

Talking Book Club

We will discuss Shadows of Glory, by Owen Parry.  In 1862, Major Abel Jones from Faded Coat of Blue is sent to upstate New York by President Lincoln to investigate two murders of federal

Talking Book Club

We will discuss the DC Reads selection, Frederick Douglass in Washington, D. C.: The Lion of Anacostia, by John Muller.  Douglass has been chosen to represent the District of Columbia in Statuary Hall in the U.S.

Talking Book Club

Broken Harbor by Tana French is our selection for August.  Dublin murder detective Mick Kennedy and his new partner Richie Curran investigate a case in the neighborhood where Kennedy's childhood took a dark turn. The two puzzle over the deaths of a father and his small children, as doctors work to revive the wounded mother. Bestseller. 2012.

Let's Communicate in American Sign Language: Conversation Group

Do you want to practice American Sign Language? Come to a free conversation group, where you can practice ASL in a casual atmosphere. The group meets every Monday and Tuesday from July 8 to Sept. 24 (except Labor Day) from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Second Floor East Lobby.Questions?  Call 202-727-2142 or email

Talking Book Club

Faded Coat of Blue by Owen Parry is our selection for July.

The Abbe de L'Epee as Seen Through the Eyes of Yvonne Pitrois

The Abbe de L'Epee, as seen through the eyes of Yvonee Pitrois, noted deaf-blind biographer of the early 20th century, with author and retired Gallaudet University Professor Rachel M. Hartig. ASL and Voice interpreted. The presentation will be in room A-10.For more information, call 202-559-5368.