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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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Sign and Read with Us!  Virtual ASL Story Time, Tuesday, October 11th at 2:00 p.m.

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

Janice will sign in ASL and Allie 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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Center for Accessibility Assistive Technology (AT) classes 

(*Please note that Braille classes start Saturday, October 15th)

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 fall 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 September 28th and finishing December 10th. Please call 202-727-1335 or email to register. The schedule for in-person classes is:

JAWS Keyboarding  
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
For those not yet comfortable using a standard keyboard, or key combinations, without sight. 
JAWS Intro 
12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Learn to use word processing software, internet browsers, email, and book downloading with JAWS. 

JAWS Intermediate   
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
More advanced students get as close to one-on-one help as possible with projects.

VoiceOver Intro 
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
An introduction to VoiceOver for iPhone, device orientation, gestures, and settings. 

VoiceOver Intermediate 
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
More advanced students get as close to one-on-one help as possible with projects. 
Android Talkback drop-in clinic 
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This is a drop-in clinic. Bring your Android device and questions, and we will try to find an answer.
*NEW* Book and Music Club
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
This is an opportunity for students to share their favorite books and music and get practice using Youtube and Bard to look up information about books and music.
JAWS Drop-in clinic  
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This is a drop-in clinic. Bring your questions about JAWS for Windows and we will try to find an answer with our team of volunteers.
*Please note: Braille Class begins Saturday, October 15th
Braille Intro 
12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. 
Learn the Braille alphabet and practice using slate, stylus, and Perkins Braillers. 

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Accessible Game Night, Thursday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m.

Accessible Board and Card Gaming night will be held Thursday, October 27th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM in the Center for Accessibility at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Room 205). Please call 202-727-2142 for more information. 

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.

Black lettering against a background of tan, red, yellow, white strips of color resembling something burning spell out (top line) A BURNING; (middle line) A NOVEL; (bottom lline) MEGHA MAJUMDAR

ASL Book Club Wednesday, November 30th 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 at 6-7 p.m. The next ASL Book Club is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 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 November 30 is A Burning by Megha Majumdar
"After a fiery attack on a train leaves 104 people dead, the fates of three people become inextricably entangled. Jivan, a bright, striving woman from the slums looking for a way out of poverty, is wrongly accused of planning the attack because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir, a slippery gym teacher from Jivan's former high school, has hitched his aspirations to a rising right wing party, and his own ascent becomes increasingly linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely, a spirited, impoverished, relentlessly optimistic hjira, who harbors dreams of becoming a Bollywood star, can provide the alibi that would set Jivan free - but her appearance in court will have unexpected consequences that will change the course of all of their lives. A novel about fate, power, opportunity, and class; about innocence and guilt, betrayal and love, and the corrosive media cycle that manufactures falsehoods masquerading as truths--A Burning is a debut novel of exceptional power and urgency, haunting and beautiful, brutal, vibrant, impossible to forget"--Provided by publisher.
The book can be found in the DCPL collection in the following formats:

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Employment First Summit, October 20-21, 2022 at MLK Library!

Join us for the District’s first ever Employment First Summit and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities gaining meaningful employment. We will look back over the progress made the last 10 years and highlight shared goals and priorities for supporting DC’s disability community in employment.

The theme for the inaugural Summit is Achieving Employment Outcomes: Partnering for Change – The Next 10 Years of Employment First. This two-day event will offer many sessions relating to employment, benefits counseling, customized employment, employment opportunities, and much more. This event is open to employers, agency leaders, District government, providers, job coaches, staff, students, self-advocates, young adults/older adults including individuals with IDD, family members, culture groups, caregivers, DSPs, and DC residents.


The Summit will take place from 9 a.m. - 5 pm on Thursday, October 20th and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday, October 21st at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW.

*The event will be hybrid, so you may attend in-person or online. The event is in English with ASL interpretation, Spanish interpretation, and captions.

Register here:

Contact or 202-880-7580 (text/call) to request accommodations. Find more information at!

Sponsored by: The DC Developmental Disabilities Council, the DC Department on Disability Services, the DC Office of Disability Rights, The Arc of DC, the DC Coalition of Disability Service Providers, RCM of Washington, and Project ACTION!

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The Mayor's 15th Annual Disability Awareness Expo is Wednesday, October 26th!

The Mayor is bringing the annual event back to MLK Library on Wednesday, October 26th from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. This event is free and open to all.

Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20002

Disability: Part of the Equity Equation
This annual event aims to bring awareness and resources togehter, mainly focused on persons with disabilities. Topics of discussion include employment readiness, housing resources, workforce development, and mental health and wellness.

Register here

*Reasonable accommodations may be requested with your registration. For questions or more information, contact or 202-724-5055

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Aspiring Leaders Internship Program application open until November 1st!

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), supported by the National Library for the Blind Endowment, has launched a paid internship that offers individuals who are legally blind the opportunity to gain work experience and explore career options working in the areas of collections building, program delivery, and business oversight and management.

The program runs during the summer, between 12 to 15 weeks.  Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and those who have graduated within the past five years from an accredited two-year or four-year college or university are eligible to apply.

Application details can be found at

Disability Rights DC offers this Voting Rights Guide for DC Residents with Disabilities

This guide provides plain language explanations of the District’s voter registration and balloting processes for District residents with disabilities.

They are available in the following languages:

For more upcoming programs and classes, visit
The Center for Accessibility
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW, Room 205
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-727-2142
Videophone: 202-559-5368

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