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Technology, Culture and Community Fair for People who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Disabled


October 18, 2014

A man wearing sunglasses and walking with a cane carries a backpack and a bookWe will be hosting a Technology, Culture, and Community Fair for People who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Disabled on Saturday October 18th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Andrew Heiskell Library. Join us as we turn our library into a hub for representatives from the great cultural institutions, sports programs, technology vendors, and community organizations NYC has to offer. Everyone is welcome, but the focus of the fair will be accessibility for people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise disabled. Hear a career assistance panel address challenges and opportunities for visually impaired job seekers; attend showcase sessions about accessible culture and technology; try out assistive technology for reading, communicating, learning, and surfing the web; meet our team of peer technology coaches and set up a free appointment. Organizations represented include Lincoln Center, The Rubin Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, Google, Apex, Adaptive Climbing Group, Touch Graphics, Abisee, C-Tech, Orcam, Vis-ability, Eye-Assist, ICanConnect, The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, New York State Commission for the Blind, Independence Science, Lighthouse Guild International, Baruch CCVIP, National Federation for the Blind, Creative Adaptations for Learning, PASS Coalition for Accessible and Safe Streets, 3D Photo Works, Gatewave Radio, Touch Graphics, Visionary Media, American Council of the Blind, The New York Public Library's Job Search Central, Peconic Landing Sculpture Garden, Vision Replacement for the Blind, and more. All information will be available in large print and braille.

You can download a flier here

Or listen to the audio spot here.

Agenda for Showcase Sessions: 

Moderator: Nefertiti Matos Olivares

11 AM: Welcome

11:05 AM– 12:15 PM: Information Literacy for Everyone. Learn about options for finding assistive technology tools that work for you and developing the skills you’ll need to make the most of those tools.

11:05 AM: National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program – Helen Keller national Center

11:25 AM: Lighthouse Guild International – Technology Demo Center

11:45 AM: Computer Center for Visually Impaired People – Baruch College

12:05  PM: Meet the Library’s Peer Technology Coaches

12:15 – 1:20 PM: Innovative Technologies for Nonvisual Access. Learn about accessible technologies for communication and learning, including the latest accessibility improvements to Google’s productivity apps; Orcam’s text and object recognition camera; and Creative Adaptations’s for Learning’s line of  tactile learning materials.

12:15 PM: Creative Adaptations for Learning

12:25 PM: Orcam

12:50 PM: Google

1:20 -3:00 PM: Accessibility at Work. Hear from professionals who are blind or have low vision about their careers, and discover how NYPL can assist job-seekers with disabilities.

1:20 PM: Ed Plumacher, Assistive Technology Professional, Apex

1:35 PM: Brooke Fox, Musician and Director, Visionary Media

1:50 PM: Kate Carroll, Accessibility Advocate and Attorney

2:05 PM: Cary Supalo, chemistry educator and CEO, Independence Science

2:20 PM: Science, Industry and Business Library, Job Search Central

3:00 – 4:00 PM: The Art of Accessibility. Learn about accessibility at New York museums and hear from Emilie Gossiaux, an artist who is blind.

3:00 PM: Guggenheim Museum

3:20 PM: Emilie Gossiaux

3:40 PM: Metropolitan Museum of Art