Center for Accessibility

Lets Communicate in American Sign Language

Beginning Level. 100+ ASL vocabulary words and rules of grammar.  Any level is welcome to join the class, review, learn new signs. FREE and open to the public.No need to register. Instructor: Cheryl Lewis.Room A-10 (Lower Level)Questions?  Call 202-559-5368 or email

Author Visit: Cece Bell

Award-winning author and illustrator Cece Bell will talk about her latest book, El Deafo, a graphic novel that describes her experiences growing up deaf in the 1970s. As a child, Cece felt like she was a superhero with the special powers from her hearing aid. So she called herself, "El Deafo."

Baltimore's Deaf Heritage

Author Kat Brockway shares stories and photographs outlining the rich 200-year history of the deaf community in Baltimore, Maryland. Book signing and reception sponsored by FOLDA (Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action). ASL and voice interpreters will be present.Room A-10Questions?  or call  202-559-5368

The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice and Her Children: The First Teacher of the Deaf in the Philippines

Author Ronald M. Hirano on the life and work of Delia Delight Rice, the first teacher of the deaf in the Philippines.Book signng and reception sponsored by the Gallaudet University Class of 1957.ASL / voice interpreters will be present.Room 215Questions? or call 202-559-5368 voice or video

Duct Tape

Join us at the Adaptive Services Division for a chance to ignite your creative genius.

ASL Story Hour

Stories, games and fun in American Sign Language with Deaf Services Librarian Janice Rosen. ASL/voice interpreters and therapy dogs from People Animals Love will be present.Questions? email or call voice/video 202-559-5368.

Adaptive Technology Program Discussion

This is a general discussion and information gathering session on adaptive technology and accessibility programming at the library.  

Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: One Young Deaf Woman's Education

Ann D. Getty, teacher and Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: One Young Deaf Woman's Education author, will talk.The lecture is in room A-5 (lower level) and is ASL and voice interpreted. A book signing following the lecture.Questions? 202-559-5368 voice/video or

Film Screening: Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)

George W. Veditz' historic 1913 silent film Preservation of the Sign Language will be shown in the Great Hall.The film is in American Sign Language with no voice or captions. ASL/Voice interpreters will be present. Printed copies in English of the film transcript will be available.Discussion to follow film.

POSTPONED: 'Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren'

POSTPONED until Fall 2014.  Stay tuned for new date.Gina A. Oliva and Linda R. Lytle, authors of Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren, will discuss challenges faced by deaf and hard of hearing students in mainstreamed school settings.