DIY (Do It Yourself) Fair for People with and without Disabilities
This event was inspired by the maker movement in general and specifically Maker Faires. Typical exhibits from Maker Faires in other cities include robotics, 3-D printing, open source computers, gaming, crafts and performances. Some of the exhibits that were on display at this DIY Fair included the first-ever permanent Ablegamers.org Accessibility Arcade @ DC Public Library gaming station, which just opened up in the Adaptive Services Division; an adapted Snap Circuits project with Braille tagging; some 3-D printed sample parts, a moveable maker space, an open source remote control robot, an open-source technology computer display, and a One Laptop Per Child Laptop.
Some participating organizations included:
- HAC DC
- United Cerebral Palsy LifeLabs
- BroadBand Bridge
- Kids and Technology
- Robots in DC
- Fab Lab DC
This event was also inspired by the annual AccessibilityCamp unconference, which has been held at the library since 2009. Unconferences are participant-driven meetings that try to avoid the high fees, sponsored presentations and top-down organization of conventional conferences by being mostly self-organized.
We hope to continue this energy by starting a monthly meet-up at the library on the topic of accessible maker spaces in libraries.
If you have questions about this event, please contact co-organizers Phil Shapiro at firstname.lastname@example.org or Patrick Timony at email@example.com. You can also contact the Adaptive Services Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 202-727-2142.
Some photographs of this and some of our other adaptive technology events this fall are included here: