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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Odin Mobile

Odin Mobile

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July 19, 2014 Describe/Caption-athon and Discussion on Accessibility and the Maker Movement

The Describe/Caption-athon ran on July 19, 2014 from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. in the 
Adaptive Services Division, room 215, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and offered participants the opportunity to add audio description and captioning to YouTube videos.  We used the YouDescribe software created by Josh Miele at Smith Kettlewell, and the YouTube captioning tool, and Amara for captioning. A discussion on Accessibility and the Maker Movement was included and the transcript is at the link below: 

Enabled by Design-athon DC Edition at MLK Library and Google Washington DC November 5-7, 2014

Designers, hackers, manufacturers and assistive technology community members get together to, the hear from leading makers and hackers, and prototype new products that are more accessible, attractive and easier to use.
The event focused on accessibility and usability in product design and prototyping through lightning talks by notable speakers, product demonstrations, and team exercises.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Passings in the Deaf and DeafBlind communities

Gertude Galloway, a well known Deaf leader, passed away on July 17, 2014.
Dr. Robert Smithdas, a famous DeafBlind leader, also passed away on the same day.
More information at the following links.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Describe/Captionathon and discussion on accessibility and the maker movement, DC Public Library

The Describe/Captionathon and discussion on accessibility and the maker movement, today (7/19/2014) at the DC Public Library (#d19ndc) will have two parts: the hands-on lab in the morning which will take place from 10am to 12pm at the library (please feel free to contribute remotely at and, and the discussion in the afternoon, from 1pm to 4pm which will be remotely accessible via conference call and Adobe Connect at:
and at conference dial in number: (209) 647-1600, participant access code: 951481 .

The Adobe Connect session will have an ASL interpretation video window, a CART real-time captioning transcription window, and a chat window.  We only have a trial version of Adobe Connect which is limited to 25 seats so please use only if you need it, so as many people as possible can participate.  The conference call is not limited in number of participants.  Tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #d19ndc . 

Name: Accessibility and the Maker Movement 2
Date: 07/19/2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Conference dial-in number: (209) 647-1600
Participant access code: 951481

More information at

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Joe Olson’s DIY-Enabled Wheelchair

Joe Olson is disabled but he’s also a maker with DIYability, a term used by John Schimmel on a website of that name for do-it-yourself “assistive technology.”

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MIT Finger Device Reads in Real Time

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Krafters Korner
Krafters Korner is for everyone and it takes everyone to make Krafters Korner what it is.
Who we are: A division of the National Federation of the Blind. We are an organization of blind crafters seeking to support each other in the pursuit of enjoyment or profitability from our handmade creations.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Video Describeathon

Smith-Kettlewell Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

The Third Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014, and we are celebrating by holding the first-ever Video Describeathon.

Apple Store, Clarendon, VA has a special iOs accessibility event

Even if you don't own a mac, you might be interested in knowing how one is used by folk with vision loss.

What: Vision with OS X Mavericks
When:  Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Where: Apple Store, Clarendon

When you arrive, please check in with any Apple Store employee.

We look forward to seeing you.
Your Apple Store team,
Apple Store,

Metro access does go there.
Get directions to the store

Saturday, February 15, 2014

WindowEyes free with MS Office 2010 and above

GW Micro Announces Global Window-Eyes Initiative for users of Microsoft Office

Thursday, January 16, 2014


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