Connect with Tech Week: People with Disabilities

Connect with Tech Logo: San Francisco, 2019

Accessible Technology and Events for People with Disabilities.

All SFPL libraries are accessible for wheelchair users. To request other accommodations, please call 415-557-4290 or email jane.glasby@sfpl.org. Requesting accommodations at least 72 hours in advance will help ensure availability.

People with Disabilities Program Guide (PDF)

Staff from Talking Books and Braille Center, smiling

All events are free. No registration unless indicated.

Apply for City Jobs through ACE. Tuesday, May 7, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Main Library, 5th floor Computer Training Center. Presented by Porsche Bunton, ACE program, SFDHR

Learn how to apply online for city employment through the Access to City Employment Program, which provides a route to city employment for disabled individuals. We’ll discuss filling out an application on the new ACE website and obtaining and uploading certification forms. The workshop will also explore the different possibilities that the City and County of San Francisco has in store for future applicants such as: Civil Service and Non-Civil Service routes, understanding the various appointment types, and all of the current ACE level recruitments.

The Tech Expo. Tuesday, May 7, 1 - 3 p.m., City Hall North Light Court.

The wide world of technology is open to everyone at the Tech Expo. Learn about free resources, see exciting technology in action, try virtual reality, check out the latest in Assistive Technology, and have some fun! Attendees can enter a drawing for a Chromebook and other prizes. Plus: cookies!

Can You Read it Now? Thursday, May 9, Main Library, 3rd floor Paley Room

Have trouble seeing the screen or reading your mail? Is the print too small in your favorite books and magazines? Come learn about keyboard shortcuts, CCTVS, magnifying software, and other powerful tools that can make reading easy on the eyes.

Talking Books and Braille Center Appy Hour. Thursday, May 9, Main Library, Stong Room, 1 - 2 p.m.

Discover the most accessible apps for people who are blind or visually impaired and learn how to re-envision the way you interact with your world. Along with a chance to get hands-on experience, we'll discuss and try out apps that identify objects, recognize faces, assist in navigation, turn images into text, read your favorite books to you, allow you to receive sighted help from a distance and more.

Easy Computer Reading with ZoomText. Friday, May 10, Main Library, 5th floor Learning Studio, 2-3 p.m. Presented by Adaptive Technology Services.

Wondering how to make the screen easier to read? ZoomText, a screen magnifier and reader, can help. In this introductory class conducted by Adaptive Technology Services, you will learn the basics along with some of its most popular features.

Assistive Technology. Friday, May 10, Main Library, 5th floor Learning Studio, 3:30-4:30. Presented by the Independent Living Resource Center.

Learn about Assistive Technology that can help you use computers and perform everyday tasks. The Independent Living Resource Center will explain how to sign up for the free Nick Feldman device lending library, which includes tablets and laptops with assistive technology software -- and even technology to help with everyday tasks like cooking. Presenters will also discuss the Economic Empowerment program.

Free Website Coding Workshop for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. Saturday, May 11, Community Living Campaign, 9:30-2:30. Presented by Community Living Campaign and Techtonica.

Are you a deaf or hard of hearing person who is comfortable using the internet and interested in learning how websites work? Together in a supportive environment, we will learn about how to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for website development. Volunteers will be communicate with participants via ASL, assistive listening devices, or typing. Computers, lunch, and childcare (if needed) will be provided. Register here.

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