Center for Accessibility

Tech Talk Tuesdays

Every first Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in room 215, Adaptive Services. This meet-up is an opportunity for adaptive technology users to receive training in specific technologies. Currently, we are featuring an iPad accessibility training using the voiceover screen reader and Zoom magnification. Please sign up for regular reminders about this and other adaptive technology events at the DC Public Library by requesting membership in the following google group:

Intermediate Level American Sign Language

Let's communicate in American Sign Language. Intermediate and conversational level, Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. No registration required. Instructor: Linda Mccrimmon.2nd Floor East Lobby.

Braille Book Club for Kids

Join our Braille Book Club for Kids which is for children in grades 1-6 (and their parents) who are Braille readers. This program is sponsored in partnership with Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.The Braille Book Club for Kids meets the first Saturday of every month, at 11 a.m. (except holidays or as advertised) in the Adaptive Services Division, Room 215.For more information, contact the Adaptive Services Division at 202-727-2142 or

Saturday Technology Training Session

Saturday Technology Training Session is a user group meeting for the Adaptive Technology (AT) community. It usually meets on the first and third Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m in room 215 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

American Sign Language Story Hour

Story to be announced. Gallaudet University students will sign the story in ASL. After the story, the Gallaudet students will join the children’s division librarians, who will lead craft activities for children. ASL interpreters and therapy dogs from People Animals Love will be present.Children's Division Programming Room, Room 200Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library901 G St. N.W.Washington, DC   20001 For more information, please contact Janice Rosen, librarian for the deaf community:

Beginning Level American Sign Language

Sign language classes are free and no registration is required. This is an ongoing class—just walk in and begin any day; come whichever day you wish.This class, with instructor Maurice Smith, meets Mondays and Tuesdays at the second floor East Lobby. 

Accessibility Hackathon

This Hackathon will be an opportunity for developers to get together and build tools that meet the needs of the user community. With the preparation of the Problem Identification Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 5, the Hackathon Preparation Session on November 8, and the help of organizations such as Bookshare, Random Hacks of Kindness, LibraryLab and the Wikimedia Foundation, we hope to be able to come up with a simple and completable ICT solution to one or more needs that are defined by the user community.

Accessible App Demo and Problem Identification Workshop

Presenters: Mark Reumann – Patent Office, Zuhair Mahmoud – Library of Congress, Don Barrett – Dept. of Education.From 1 to 3 p.m., presenters will demo and discuss accessible smart phone apps, like MoneyReader, Color Identifier and VisWiz.From 3 to 5 p.m. developers and project managers are invited to participate in a Problem Identification Workshop, to get requirements and problems out of this user community. This will be an opportunity to put heads together to come up with tools that can be built at a Hackathon that will be held the following Saturday.

Saturday Technology Training Sessions

Demonstrations of adaptive technology for the blind and disabled community and opportunities to network and share ideas. For children and adults who use adaptive technology. For special guest announcements, call 202-727-2142. Adaptive Services Division, Second Floor, Room 215.