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The Center for Accessibility

The Center for Accessibility assists individuals with disabilities to access programs, services, and collections at all branches of the DC Public Library. For information about requesting accommodations, including sign language interpreters, please visit the DC Public Library Accommodation Statement.
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Center for Accessibility Assistive Technology (AT) classes 

Would you like to learn, or teach, JAWS, VoiceOver, TalkBack or Braille? Students and volunteer trainers are welcome to register at the DC Public Library Center for Accessibility for summer assistive technology (AT) classes. 
The Center for Accessibility at DC Public Library sponsors AT classes both remotely and in-person. The in-person classes are held on the second floor, Room 205 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and include Braille, JAWS for Windows, VoiceOver for iPhone and a TalkBack for Android drop-in clinic.

Remote AT training is held by phone or Zoom. Remote Volunteer Trainers and students both needed. 

The in-person classes go for a 10 week semester, starting June 1st. Please call 202-727-1335 or email to register. The schedule for in-person classes is:
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - JAWS Keyboarding 
For those not yet comfortable using a standard keyboard, or key combinations, without sight. 
12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. - JAWS Intro 
Learn to use word processing software, internet browsers, email, and book downloading with JAWS. 
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - JAWS Intermediate 
More advanced students get as close to one-on-one help as possible with projects.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – VoiceOver Drop-In clinic 
Bring your projects and get some one-on-one attention, for graduates of the Intro class.
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - VoiceOver Intro 
An introduction to VoiceOver for iPhone, device orientation, gestures, and settings. 
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - VoiceOver Intermediate 
More advanced students get as close to one-on-one help as possible with projects. 
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Android Talkback drop-in clinic 
This is a drop-in clinic. Bring your Android device and questions and we will try to find an answer. 
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - JAWS Intro 
Learn to use word processing software, internet browsers, email, and book downloading. 
12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Braille Intro 
Learn the Braille alphabet and practice using slate, stylus, and Perkins Braillers. 
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Sign and Read with Us!  Virtual ASL Story Time, Tuesday, June 14th at 2:00 p.m.

Join us on Facebook Live for American Sign Language (ASL) Story Time with Librarians Ms. Janice and Ms. Rachel!  

Janice will sign in ASL and Rachel will read aloud from a fun book, then teach some signs from our story, and how to sign the song “The More We Get Together.”

Even though the program is designed for ages 2-5, all are welcome. Automatic captioning will be available.
Stream on Facebook Live at Follow the Library's Facebook page to receive notifications when Facebook Live programs start.
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Accessible Game Night Begins Thursday, June 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

Accessible Board and Card Gaming night will start back up again this June 23rd from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Accessibility at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Room 205). Please call 202-727-2142 for more information. 

Night will continue on the fourth Thursday of each month through at least the end of the summer. Some of the board and card games available in our collection include Scrabble, Monopoly, Uno, Bingo, and Chess. Board and card games have specialized accessibility features like large print, braille, and tactile guides.

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ASL Book Club Wednesday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m.

Do you love to read and talk about books?  Are you interested in participating in an online book discussion in American Sign Language?  If so, this book club is for YOU!  

Come join us for an ASL Book Club on Zoom every other month on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 p.m.. The next ASL Book Club is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 6 p.m..

The ASL Book Club is facilitated by Janice Rosen, Librarian, Center for Accessibility.

To receive the link, email the Center for Accessibility at

NOTE:  Even if you do not know sign language, you are welcome to join us. Voice and automatic captioning will be provided.

The book for July 27 is The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
"Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium. Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they're committed to their job--bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America's past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women's friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond"-- Provided by publisher.
The book can be found in the DCPL collection in the following formats:
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Maker Talks with DCPL Labs – ASL interpreted

The schedule for June is:
  • Saturday, June 18th at 1:00 p.m.
Creating "Sadie's Home" with Hope and Faith
Sisters Hope and Faith are part of a two-person art collective that creates wall-sized collages. During this talk, they will break down how they created "Sadie's Home," a recent work that depicts a black woman at home in her DC kitchen. The program will be in the form of a Zoom webinar. It will be recorded and live streamed. There will be 3 speakers: the host and the 2 guest lecturers.  

Registration is required:
Questions?   Contact: The Labs at DCPL,, (202) 727-1275.
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Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

In the spirit of global accessibility awareness, the University of Maryland will be hosting its first Digital Accessibility Empathy Lab, accompanied by a scavenger hunt. The event will be held on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. via Zoom Webinar. The goal of this event is to increase awareness of digital accessibility fundamentals, gain perspective on how users with disabilities interact with the web, and how everyone as a community can work together to create inclusive digital experiences for all users.

Event name: Digital Accessibility Empathy Lab

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022 

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Online (Zoom)

Register here.    

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Prevention of Blindness Society (POBREADS) Low-Vision Book Club

Love reading? Love talking about books you’ve read? Join the Prevention of Blindness Society this summer as POBREADS gathers virtually each third Friday at 11:00 a.m. to discuss titles focused on different sorts of human interaction, then share your own reading recommendations. The goal of the club is enjoyment, so everyone can contribute to the conversation!  All of these books are available through your local Talking Books library for free, as well as for purchase through Audible or in Kindle format.  All who register will receive a special gift from POBREADS!
June 17 (Non-fiction): Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach (DB 105210, BR 23940)
July 15 (Mystery): The Maid by Nita Prose (DB 106298)
August 19 (Historical Fiction): The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (DB 105197)
Registration is required.  Call (202) 234-1010 ext 233 or visit to register.
For more upcoming programs and classes, visit
The Center for Accessibility
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW, Room 205-D
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-727-2142
Videophone: 202-559-5368

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