This Blog includes information related to Library Adaptive Technology events, archives, presenter and participant recommendations and suggestions.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Adaptive Services Closed for additional week

Due to delays in the moving process, the Adaptive Services Division will be closed an additional week, through Dec 29th. We will not be taking calls or answering emails during this week. Please get your book requests in as early as possible to avoid delays during this time period.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Below are some Ustream links to our last two Saturday Technology Training Sessions.

Nov 15th, 2008 - Brigid Doherty from the Metro Office of Accessibility talks about orientation and mobility training in the Metro system.

Dec 6th, 2008 - Janiece Peterson-Kent talks about Braille and Braille Literacy.

Dec 6th, 2008 - Chika Oguledo demonstrates My Telespace, and audio social networking system over telephone, and talks about social networking in general. Todd Wiggins talks about doing interviews on Youtube.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Adaptive Services - Closed Dec 15-19

The Adaptive Services Division at the DC Public Library will be closing from December 15th through 19th, so that we can move our offices back to the newly renovated room 215, across the hall from where we are now, room 225. We will not be taking calls or answering emails during this week. Please get your book requests in as early as possible to avoid delays during this time period.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Saturday Technology Training Session December 6th.

The next Saturday Technology Training Session will be on December 6th from 1 to 4 pm in the second floor west lobby of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Janiece Peterson-Kent will talk about Braille literacy. Janiece Kent is a long time Braille advocate and teacher who sits on a number of boards and panels in the community related to Adapative Technology. She is also a musician who performs regularly at the Old Europe restaurant on Wisconsin Ave. She may do a few pieces for us as well if we can coordinate the use of a piano or a keyboard.

Chika Oguledo and Patrick Timony will talk about social networking. Chika will demonstrate My Telespace, an online audio social networking site.

Correy Thompson and Janice Rosen will be performing a couple of pieces on keyboard.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Free Audio-Described Movies

Here is a collection of free audio-described movies from Blind Mice Mart. The movies are audio - mp3 format with audio-description. Download them by pressing enter on the linked name of the movie on the following webpage. The movies are stored on a third party website called, and will download from there.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

ACB Radio Main Menu Audio Technology Show archive

Check out the American Council of the Blind Radio Main Menu Audio Technology Show archive.

Grand Opening of Rennovated Adaptive Services Division

Stay tuned for more details on the Saturday, February 7th, 2009, Grand Opening of the Renovated Adaptive Services Division, room 215, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Renovations have been ongoing this fall, and include a new carpet, new walls, furniture, classroom-meeting space, and a new recording studio. A live webcam video of the renovation is posted at . Unfortunately it is only video and not accessible to screenreaders.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

eSight Careers Network

eSight Careers Network is a powerful resource for learning how to manage your career or effectively deal with disability employment issues.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Blind Boys of Alabama

Blind Boys of Alabama concert DAR Constitution Hall, 6:30 Thursday November 6th
Free tickets for people with disabilities, family and caregivers at the Adaptive Services Division, a $55 value! You must come in and pick the tickets up at the library.

Monday, October 27, 2008

“Feast of Sharing” dinner this Thanksgiving

Join us for A “Feast of Sharing” dinner this Thanksgiving season
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Washington Convention Center
Hall D - 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC
9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Free Thanksgiving Meal, Health Screenings, Lots of Give-a-ways,
Job Fair, Training, and Employment Opportunities!!
Limited transportation is available. Transportation provided by SUNTRUST BANK

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


To register: Visit

Or call 18663276669 V/TTY
DATE: November 3, 2008
TIME: 10:00 AM — 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
The Polaris Room
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Monday, October 20, 2008

Columbia Lighthouse Employment Connections

Interested in meeting and networking with Employers?
Dress for Success and bring copies of your resume!

WHO: Job seekers with disabilities who are interested in obtaining full or part-time employment.

WHAT: Informational Interviews with CLB and Networking with Employers
WHEN: Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Montgomery Works One Stop Workforce Center
Westfield South Office Building
11002 Veirs Mill Rd.
Wheaton, MD 20902
Wheaton Metro Station (Red Line)

Westfield South Office Building is next to the Westfield Shoppingtown Mall. The One Stop Shop is two blocks from the Wheaton Metro station behind the Circuit City store and next to the movie theater.

Recruiters from government agencies and the private sector will be on site to provide information and conduct informational interviews. This is a great opportunity to explore your employment options.

Deadline to register is October 28th
Accommodations must be requested at time of registration
Contact Columbia Lighthouse to register

Don Galloway at Oct 18th STTS

Audio of Don at the October 18th STTS:
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Jamal Mazrui at Oct 18th STTS

Jamal Mazrui from the Federal Communications Commission talks about his work and life and demonstrates his free computer applications, pdf2txt (a PDF to Text file conversion utility), FileDir (a very robust file manager), EdSharp (a very accessible text editor), and web sites and .
Jamal’s application links:

Audio of Jamal at the STTS on 10/18/08:
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Career Fair Dept. of Treasury

Department of the Treasury will host a Career Fair for Individuals with disABILITIES
Friday, October 24, 2008
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
at the
Marriott at Metro Center
775 12th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
Please bring a resume - you may be
invited to an on-the-spot interview.
Please visit “” to pre-register.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mid-Atlantic ACB Affiliates Convention

November 21-23, 2008
Holiday Inn, Rosslyn at Key Bridge
1900 N. Ft. Myer Drive
Arlington, Virginia.
Room rates are $99. per night, single or double occupancy. To book a room, phone the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at 703.807.2000, or 1.800.368.3408, and mention “ACB” for the convention group rate.


That’s the weekend for the second annual Mid-Atlantic ACB Affiliate Convention! If you were there last year, you know how informative and engaging the convention was, and if you missed it in 2007, you can stop regretting the fun you didn’t have, and get ready to attend this year’s regional ACB affiliate convention, where you’ll experience informative seminars, fabulous speakers, vendors from all over the DC metropolitan area selling and demonstrating products and services to fit every blindness need, a wonderful banquet where the former national ACB president and current Board of Publications Chairperson, Paul Edwards, will be the featured speaker. Renew old friendships, meet new people who understand, like you, the meaning of blindness and visual impairment, and share your experiences with others. This year’s theme is “Short on Sight, Long on Vision,” so you will certainly have ample opportunity to renew your commitment to living a full and fulfilling life, no matter how much you see, or don’t see…
The Mid-Atlantic ACB Affiliate convention will take place at the Holiday Inn, Rosslyn at Key Bridge, located at 1900 N. Ft. Myer Drive in Arlington, Virginia. Room rates are $99. per night, single or double occupancy. To book a room, phone the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at 703.807.2000, or 1.800.368.3408, and mention “ACB” for the convention group rate.

November STTSs

The Novemeber 1st STTS will feature Jane and Pat Sheehan talking about Reader’s Advisory and the Veteran’s Administration Assistive Technology Program. The Novemeber 15th STTS will feature Ray Raysor and Brigid Doherty talking about the Randolph Shepherd Vending Program and the Metro Office of ADA programs’ Travel Training for people with visual impairment.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Free telephone directory assistance

Free telephone directory assistance numbers:
1-800-FREE-411 (1-800-373-3411)
1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411)

MyTeleSpace Telephone Social Networking

Submitted by Chika Oguledo:
MyTeleSpace is a social networking site that is entirely accessible over a telephone.
To get your own Mytelespace account Please Call: 712-432-9675
Login at

Thursday, September 25, 2008

CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine's Career Expo For People With Disabilities

Monday, November 17, Washington DC. 10am-3pm
The largest and most successful career event for the disabled community in the United States
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20004


Office of Disability Rights events for October:

DC Disability Awareness Conference and Disability Mentoring Days
Date: October 7, 2008
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Location: One Judiciary Square, Old Council Chambers: 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Near Judiciary Square Metro on the Red Line)

For more information go to:

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mayor's Citywide Job Fair Sept 23 10am-4pm

DCHR, DOES Host the District’s Premier Recruiting Event

WASHINGTON, DC — The DC Department of Human Resources (DCHR), in partnership with the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES), is proud to announce that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's Fall 2008 Citywide Job Fair will be held September 23, 2008 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

This premier recruiting event will showcase employment opportunities with many of the District's top employers, including job opportunities with the Government of the District of Columbia. Recruiters and hiring managers from more than 125 District government, Federal government and private sector employers will be on hand at the job fair looking for qualified jobseekers. In addition, some hiring managers will be conducting on site interviews and issuing tentative offers of employment. This means qualified applicants could potentially leave the fair with a job!

The event is free and open to everyone. No preregistration is needed.

For more information on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's Fall 2008 Citywide Job Fair visit

WHAT: Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's Fall 2008 Citywide Job Fair

WHEN: September 23, 2008 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Hall C
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20001

The District of Columbia is an equal opportunity employer

Monday, September 8, 2008


Helping People Achieve Success!

You are cordially invited to join us in the celebration and growth of CPRHELP an advocacy group dedicated to helping persons with disabilities living in the DC METRO area.

When: Friday September 12, 2008

Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where: Prince Georges County Hyattsville Public Library

6530 Adelphi Rd.

Hyattsville, MD 20782

Phone: 301-699-3500 - Call for directions or nearby bus stop – Near Prince George’s Mall
TTY= 301-808-2061
**Use of library meeting space does not constitute endorsement of program/meeting or
Its content by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. Please arrive safely
and enter at your own risk

Free refreshments - Load up on valuable financial information from our millionaire partner.

We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, August 29, 2008





Monday, November 17th, 2008, 10AM TO 3PM, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Thursday, August 28, 2008

List of Audio Book Resources

The following is a list of audio book resources that was originally published on the Braillenote listserv:

Accessibleworld Webinars

The archive of the Stream Tips and Tricks webinar from this past Monday Aug 25 can be downloaded from:

A September 5th online webinar on the Victor Reader Stream especially of interest to Bookshare readers.

Topic: Transferring Files To Your VR Stream

- How do you transfer books and other files to your Victor Reader Stream?
- Can the Stream Companion be used to transfer files?
- Are there other methods and, if so, which is the easiest?

beginner, intermediate or advanced
Time: 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 p.m. Mountain, 7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern and
elsewhere in the world Saturday 0:00 GMT.

Place: Friends of Bookshare Community Room at:

or, alternatively, select the Friends Community Room at either

This event will be recorded so if you are unable to participate live at the above times then you may download the presentation or podcast from the archives on our website at

All online interactive programs require no password, are free of charge, and open to anyone worldwide having an Internet connection, a computer, speakers, and a sound card. Those with microphones can interact audibly with the facilitators and others in the virtual audience. Text messaging is also available.

If you are a first-time user of the Talking Communities online conferencing software, there is a small, safe software program that you need to download and then run. A link to the software is available on every entry screen to the Accessible World and Friends of Bookshare online rooms.

Children’s Vision Health Initiative Telephone Support Groups

Are you a visually impaired teenager or young adult?
We are forming a telephone support group just for you!

Starting in September 2008, The Children’s Vision Health Initiative, a program funded by The Jewish Guild for the Blind, will form telephone support groups aimed at the concerns of visually impaired teenagers and young adults around the country.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss common social concerns. Some of the subjects we expect to discuss are:
-Driving / Traveling at Night
-Scientific Advances

Groups will be facilitated by a professional familiar with blinding diseases, and will meet on a weekly basis by phone, through a toll-free number, for 60 to 90 minutes. The groups will be small, so everyone will have the opportunity to take part. Interesting guest speakers, including renowned scientists, will join the groups occasionally.

The Guild currently provides telephone support groups for the parents of blind and visually impaired children and adolescents. It was at the suggestion of some of these parents that the Guild decided to expand their program by creating groups for the teenagers and young adults themselves. The group facilitator will conduct parent orientation sessions before the groups commence.

For a parent, teenager, or young adult to register for a telephone support group, please call:

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Victor Stream Tutorial

Victor Stream Tutorial