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

Monday, September 28, 2009

BBC iPlayer

David Bales has produced another of his guides for JAWS users, though they will benefit most any screen reader user. This one demystifies the BBC iPlayer:

Monday, September 14, 2009

Career Fair for Individuals with Disabilities

U.S. Department of the Treasury
Career Fair for Individuals with Disabilities
and Disabled Veterans
Friday, October 9, 2009
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Washington DC - Invitation Only (See below)
Treasury has identified career areas where they may be hiring in the next 6 months. In order to ensure that the event is most beneficial to candidates seeking employment, Treasury will review all registrations and invite those candidates with skills in these career areas to the fair.

Registration is required.

Visit to register.

Accessible World

Accessible World is an archive of podcasts on new technologies like the EyePal, a portable scanner and reader, and the Orator screen reader for Blackberry:

Learning Disability Resources

A list of links to Learning Disability Resources from the Friends of Quinn website:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Accessibility Camp DC

Accessibility Camp DC

October 10th, 2009
10am – 5pm
Second Floor
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC

Accessibility Camp DC is an informal conference on Web Accessibility where computer professionals and people who use Adaptive Technology gather to educate each other about the issues around internet access for all. It will consist of a series of presentations and discussions held on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on October 10th from 10am to 5pm. All who are interested in Web Accessibility are welcome, however please be aware that many of the presentations will be aimed at a technically-oriented audience. For more information go to the website or contact Patrick at the email and telephone listed below. If you need accommodation in order to participate, please see our accommodation statement at the end of this email.

We expect between 100 and 150 people and about 20 presentations in 4 spaces, the second floor East and West lobbies, the Adaptive Services Division, Room 215, and their adjacent learning lab. The presentations will start at the top of each hour, at 11am, 12, 2, 3, and 4pm.

Some presentation topics will include:

· 508 Compliance
· Practical Ways to Make Your Website Accessible
· Accessible PDF's
· Making Flash Accessible
· what is WAI-ARIA - (Web Accessibility Initiative - Accessible Rich Internet Applications)
· Accessible Video and Transcription
· Panel Discussion on “Issues Affecting Individuals with Disabilities on the Web”
· Captioning

The agenda is as follows:

10:00am -- introductions and scheduling of concurrent presentations
11:00am -- first presentations
12:00noon - second presentations
1:00pm -- lunch
2:00pm -- third presentations
3:00pm -- fourth presentations
4:00pm -- fifth presentations
5:00pm -- clean-up

The DC Public Library encourages persons with disabilities to participate in our programs, services and Board of Trustees meetings. If you have questions about physical access, need handouts in alternate format, or require American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or other reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Venetia V. Demson, Chief, Adaptive Services, by email:, phone: (202) 727-2142, videophone: (202) 559-5368 or TTY: (202) 727-2255, Monday-Friday 9:30 am-5 pm. Please request accommodation as early as possible, but at least 7 days in advance of the meeting, so that proper arrangements may be made. If you have requested ASL interpretation or other accommodation, and find you cannot attend, please contact us promptly to cancel your request.


sponsored by
CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine
Washington, DC
November 13, 2009
Ronald Reagan International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Meet with Fortune 500 Companies and Government agencies looking to recruit new talent.

You must pre-register in order to attend the Annual Career Expo.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Technologies:

New Technologies:

Eye-Pal is a portable instant scanning/reading machine for the blind and deaf-blind that allows output to a Braille display and speech.

Zoom-Ex is a 1 lb instant reader, magnifier, and book scanner.

Zoom-Twix adds a second camera to zoom up on the teacher or blackboard and captures images with a single keystroke, eliminating a lot of note taking. Students love that, and it is an advantage over sighted colleagues.

K-NFB reader demo

K-NFB reader demo at the White Cane and More Store in Silver Spring MD, Tuesday September 15 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Wednesday September 16 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The address for the White Cane and More Store is 8720 Georgia Avenue, room 302. 301-589-0866. please rsvp

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Joint Utility Discount Day

The annual Joint Utility Discount Day (JUDD) will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Thursday, September 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Low-income residents of the District of Columbia can apply for discounts and financial assistance on their utility bills.

Please be sure to bring the following documentation:

· Picture ID

· Proof of Income for all members in the household

· Social security cards

· Copies of all utility bills (electric, water, gas, phone)

· Copy of Rent Receipt or Lease only if gas is included in rent.

For those individuals with a disability or those individuals who are homebound, Energy Office suggests that the application be completed and sent to their office at: DC Energy Office-Reeves Center 2000 14th Street, NW, Third Floor Washington, DC 20009-4484. Application can be found at After October 1st, these individuals will be contacted for an office appointment or home visit appointment. However, the best method to ensure timely processing is for arrangements to be made to deliver the application to the office prior to October 1st. For more information, call DDOE’s Energy Hotline at (202) 673-6700.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What Can YOU Do?
The What Can YOU Do? Web site is the centerpiece of the Campaign for Disability Employment, which seeks to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Through outreach and public education, the Campaign aims to encourage employers and others to recognize the value and talent that people with disabilities bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work.