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Blog Posts by Subject: Disabilities and Accessibility

The Five-Borough Map: A Nonvisual Design Challenge for New Yorkers

New arrivals, students, and professionals are united in their quest for tactile maps of New York City. Read More ›

Announcing Dimensions: Community Tools for Creating Tactile Graphics & Objects

Accessibility is more than a feature you request. It can also be something you make.Read More ›

When You *Can't* Look at the Sun: Exploring the Eclipse Through Touch & Sound

At the Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library, we’re always discovering new ways for patrons with all kinds of vision to explore information. As New Yorkers prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, here are a few ways to experience this rare event and other celestial phenomena in an accessible way.Read More ›

Listening Made Easier: Introducing BARD Express

the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) recently accepted the donation of a computer application for Windows that helps library patrons download braille and talking books and magazines in just a few steps. Read More ›

Open Audio Weekend Hackathon: Exploring Audio Accessibility for the Public Good

On June 25 and 26, the Library welcomed developers, designers, data scientists, audio producers, and others to a two-day hackathon designed to advance the cause of audio accessibility and explore future uses of media archives online. Read More ›

Announcing Bookshare: A New Partnership for Accessible eBooks!

NYPL is proud to announce a new partnership with Bookshare, making 370,000 accessible e-books free to patrons with print disabilities.Read More ›

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015: Celebrating 70 Years

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Read More ›

Update or Wait? Tips and Links to Help You Decide

At the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, patrons often ask us whether it’s a good idea to update to the latest new software release. We hope this post helps you think through your options and make the best decision you can.Read More ›

Celebrating the ADA

We asked our expert NYPL staff, “What’s your favorite book that features a protagonist with a disability, and why do you like it?”Read More ›

Employment Services for People with Disabilities

In an effort to support employment services for people with disabilities, the Institute For Career Development and Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) will present a career development program, Equally Strong - Job Search Best Practices for People with Disabilities and Veterans.Read More ›

Meet Our Visible Lives Oral History Project Volunteers!

This is a guest post by Joanne Dillon, interviewer for Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.Read More ›

Oral Histories for National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month, dedicated to educating the public about one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities. The New York Public Library’s “Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience” project recently interviewed two young men, who shared their very different experiences coping with life on the autism spectrum.

As a child, Dalton Whiteside moved with his mother from Tennessee to Europe and North Africa and then to New York 

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CSUN Recap: Accessible Tech for Workers and Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

In early March, I attended the 30th Annual International Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, better known as CSUN. This conference is one of the year’s best opportunities to find out what’s new and interesting in accessible technology, from business to entertainment to emerging technologies and beyond. Read More ›

Career Opportunity: Electronic Health Records Training

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a high percentage of jobs in Electronic Health Records Management (EHR) go unfilled each year because of a lack of qualified applicants. Jumpstart your career at Computer Center For Visually Impaired People (CCVIP).Read More ›

ReelAbilities Film Festival Inspires Students at the Library

This year is the 7th Annual Reelabilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. Organized by the JCC Manhattan, ReelAbilities runs from March 12 through March 18, The Festival will be showcasing award-winning films by and about people with special needs at over thirty venues throughout the New York Metro Area, many of which will be the US or NY Premiere.Read More ›

Our Patrons <3 Braille

Touching hearts with touchable, tactile Valentines at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.Read More ›

Dedicated Oral History Volunteers Restore Her Faith in New Yorkers

A guest post by Joanne Dillon, interviewer for Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.Read More ›

Got a Friend in Me: Libraries and Communities Working Together

Lifestyles Friends Gone Green is a program for adults with developmental disabilities. They work to recycle and help others in the process.Read More ›

Visible Lives Oral History Experience: Playing the Hand She Was Dealt

This is a guest post by Joanne Dillon, interviewer for Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. Joanne conducted her first interview for the project with storyteller Ann Chiapetta on Saturday, December 20. After you read her post, you can listen to Joanne's interview with Ann.Read More ›

My Interview with Daniel Aronoff: A Visible Lives Oral History Project Guest Blog

This is a guest blog post by Deena Greenberg, interviewer for Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. Deena conducted her first interview for the project with storyteller Daniel Aronoff on Tuesday, November 18. After you read her post, you can listen to Deena’s interview with Daniel. Read More ›
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