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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) Class Updates

Classes Start Tomorrow!

(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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American Sign Language Classes Fall 2022 on Zoom

*Important: Please make sure you have a working web cam on your computer before you sign in to the class.  In order to get the most out of learning ASL, the instructor needs to be able to see the participants and the participants need to be able to see each other as well as see the instructor. 
To register, please choose which class(es) you wish to attend and email or call us with your email address.  We will email you the link to the class(es):
BEGINNING Level (2 separate series)

Thursdays,  5:30-6:30 p.m.
September 8 – November 17, 2022
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
October 1 – November 8, 2022
This will be a chance for Beginning Level signers to meet and practice conversing and learn some basic signing skills, up to 100 vocabulary words, and rules of grammar. Although focus is on beginners, everyone is welcome to join the class, regardless of skill level.
INTERMEDIATE Level  (2 separate series)

Mondays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
October 3 – November 7, 2022
Saturdays 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
October 1 – November 5, 2022
This will be a chance for signers with some level of signing skill to meet and practice conversing in ASL and learn signing skills, vocabulary words and rules of grammar.   To get the most out of the class, participants should have completed a beginning level ASL class and be familiar with at least 100 signs and basic ASL grammar.  
Questions?  Contact the DC Public Library Center for Accessibility at
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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