This is the wiki for a job club that may be especially helpful to people with disabilities.  Resources focus on the DC/MD/VA area. 

Notes from the Job Club meetings are stored at the Notes Page:

Notes from the Tech Talk Tuesday meetings are stored at the following page:

Your homework for the first meeting of the Job Club that may be especially helpful to people with disabilities is to read the page below and think about what adaptive technologies are most useful to you.

The Job Club topics will include the following:

1. Feb 21, 2015: Adaptive, Social and Job-related Technologies (resources)

March 7, 2015 - CANCELED

2. March 21, 2015: What are my skills?  What do I like to do?

3. April 4thApril 18th, 2015: Marketing strategies - Business Cards, Resume, Elevator pitch etc.

4.    May 2nd, May 16th, 2015: Job searching - Agencies, Online, Cold Calls.

5. June 6th: Interviews - Dress for success, fielding questions, mock interviews

6. July 18th: Decision making, clarifying priorities, determining fit and salary, negotiating salary, continuing the search, staying employed, dealing with unemployment, making it routine:

7. Entrepreneurship



Job Clubs have been successful in other locations across the country.  Please see the link for details.

Job Club Resource list - for a continuing list of resources:


Introduction to the Job Club

Welcome to the Job Club. This is all about relationships


We offer: 

. A support group 

. Adaptive Technologies, Training and Networking

. A space to interact and work


What We Can Do For You 


The Job Club provides: 


. A bi-weekly meeting

. Support and advice

. Training 

. Presentations, demonstrations, discussion and the chance for one-on-one consultation


What We Cannot Do For You 


. Provide jobs or a job list.

. Facilitate employment placement.


What You Agree To Do 


Treat your job search as a job! 

Look for leads, 

Make the telephone calls, 

Build your network of contacts, 

Go to appointments (job interviews, informational interviews, etc.) and 

Generally commit yourself to the hard job of finding a job. 

Respect the confidentiality of all participants in the meeting.

Complete all agreed-upon assignments.

Approach network contacts with courtesy

Treat all with respect.

Share information

Comply with the rules and procedures

come back and share with others your experience





You may have questions:


. What do I want to do? What should I be doing? 

. What tasks and activities are necessary for a successful outcome? 

. Where do I start?.


Your search is a project and will need to be managed. There will be many phases to your search including, discovering the role you are called to do, marketing yourself, and measuring your success in completing tasks.



Finding a Job 


. Know your Adaptive Technologies

. Get over anger, disappointment, and fear, relax. and get on with it

. Identify the job/vocation to which you are led.

. Prepare a resume, job hunt materials.

. Research your options.

. Research companies/informational interviews.

. Target best options



The Job Search or Career Discovery Process 


This guide is organized around the following points: 


1. Know your Adaptive Technologies


. Computer Access Technologies

. Community Resources

. Spiritual Practices



2. Identify your Purpose and Direction 


. What Are Your Strengths, Gifts 

. What Makes You Happy? What Do You Enjoy? 

. Where Do You Go From Here? Putting it all together. 



3. Marketing Strategy 


. Research 

. Elevator Speech 

. Resume Creation 

. Business Cards 

. Define the Target Market/Industry/Companies 

. Communications Plan 



4. Traditional and Non-Traditional Approach 


. Responding to Ads - Cover Letter Writing 

. Internet Usage 

. Working with Recruiters 

. Alumni Associations 

. Informational Interviews 

. Networking 

. Accountability Groups 



5. Interviewing 


. Preparation and Additional Research 

. Thank You Letters 

. Follow Up 

. Rejection 



6. Decision Making 


. Offers of Employment – What to do? 

. Negotiation 



7. Routine 


. Daily Activities 

. Unemployed 


1. Know your Adaptive Technologies


The following Adaptive Technologies are available at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and are also networked to all other locations:

JAWS - screen reader for people who are blind

MAGic - screen magnifier for people with low vision

WYNN Wizard - scanning and literacy software for people with learning disabilities

The following stand-alone devices are available in some library locations:

Topaz - closed circuit television video magnifiers that magnify printed text up to 70 times

SARA - stand-alone scanning and reading device: simple to use, self-contained print-to-speech systems that have large tactile buttons that make them ideal for first-time users

Technologies for Customers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Video Relay Service: two-way video station that allows American Sign Language access to remote video stations and conventional telephones via a free remote sign language interpreter. (MLK Only)

Handheld Amplifier (PocketTalker): audio amplifier that allows users with T-switch hearing aids to amplify conversation.  Available at 25 branch locations and Martin Luther King Reading Rooms.

Induction Loop Assistive Listening Device: electromagnetic loops that amplify sound that is already amplified in a Public Address system, for people who are hard of hearing and who wear hearing aids with telecoil or T-switch:  Room A-5 of the Martin Luther King Library.

TTY: telephone typewriter permits an individual who is deaf, hard-of-hearing or has a speech difficulty to make and receive telephone calls. The conversation is read on a lighted display screen and/or a paper printout on the TTY. Persons using a TTY may call any standard phone user by placing the call through Telecommunications Relay Service, or they may call another TTY user directly.


Deffinitions of Adaptive Technologies available in the Center for Accessibility at DC Public Library

Screen Reader Software - describes information on a computer screen in synthesized speech for people who are blind or have difficulty reading: JAWS and WindowEyes.

Screen Magnification Software - magnifies information on a computer screen for people who have low vision: ZoomText and Magic.

Print-to-Speech Readers and Software - convert printed text into synthesized speech by using a flatbed scanner and optical character recognition software through a PC:  Kurzweil 1000 and OpenBook.

Stand-alone Scanning and Reading devices - simple to use, self-contained print-to-speech systems that have large tactile buttons that make them ideal for first-time users:  The Freedom Scientific SARA.

Braille Translation software - translates digital text into digital Braille and sends it to be embossed by a Braille printer: Duxbury.

Braille Embosser - a Braille printer that embosses Braille onto specialized Braille paper: Juliet Interpoint Braille embosser.

Refreshable Braille Display - a hardware device that uses tactile pins to display Braille characters from a computer:  Freedom Scientific has a PacMate 20-cell Braille display on loan to the library.

Speech Recognition: software converts spoken language into digital text, as an alternative to keyboard text input: Dragon Naturally Speaking.

CCTVs - closed circuit television or video magnifiers that magnify printed text up to 50 times:  Tabletop models include SmartView, MagniSight , MyReader and Topaz. Handheld model is  Senseview.  PC-compatible models include Optelec and Prisma. Tabletop model CCTVs are also available in six neighborhood libraries: Cleveland Park, Palisades, Lamond-Riggs, Capitol View, Washington Highlands, and Woodridge.

Adjustable furniture - includes computer tables that adjust in height by electronic switch from 29 to 45 inches to suit the needs of individual patrons. Adjustable keyboard and mouse trays adjust to any angle and height to accommodate physical mobility issues.

Large screen (27”) computer monitors - one on an adjustable arms so screens can be pulled close to the face for better viewing.  Monitors are on three-part extendable Monitor Arms.

Low-tech adaptive technology - adhesive tactile dots on a keyboard give users who are blind or have low vision an anchor around which to navigate the keyboard quickly.  Wide felt-tip markers make handwriting accessible to users with low vision. A hand-held Braille Labeler produces labels for common office items. The library has a sample large-key calculator, talking tape measure, TV amplifier and other items.

Typing Training software - lets blind or low vision learn touch typing: Talking Typer, Talking Typing Tutor.

Accessible Portable AudioBook Players - portable devices that allow the user to listen to digital audio books in various formats: Victor Reader Stream and BookSense for Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) downloadable digital Talking Books; Victor Wave for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic CDs (for loan to LBPH patrons); Creative Zen Stone for the library’s downloadable Overdrive and Recorded Books (demonstration only); Playaways (for loan to all DCPL patrons).

Handheld Digital Photo and Reading Device - the Kurzweil National Federation of the Blind Mobile Reader is a portable reading device that takes a photo of printed text and reads it back to the user using a synthesized voice.

RollerMouse Pro - an ergonomic pointing device that helps prevent strain and tension of upper extremity muscles, including shoulders and elbows.

Adjustable workstation ergonomic accessories - Ergoform adjustable keyboard tray, and monitor arm accommodate many body types.

Portable CCTV - the Humanware SenseView is a hand-held portable video magnifier that magnifies from 4 to 22 times

Augmentative communication device - a communication board that let users with physical disabilities communicate by punching various programmable labeled buttons: Cheaptalk 8 + Universal Iconmaker CD.

Alternative Mice - easier to access for people with physical disabilities:  Trackball, RollerBall, RollerMouse.

Alternative Keyboards - with large print keys, larger key size or alternative key arrangement: Zoomtext Keyboard, BigKeys. 

Magnifying Glasses and handheld magnifying lenses - in various strengths from 2x to 10x with LCD illumination: 3X LED Magnifiers available at branches and in Martin Luther King reading rooms.

Braille Note hand-held PDA - with refreshable Braille display and keyboard.

BookSense Portable Book Reader - a competitor to Victor Stream, but with 4Gb memory, a radio and wireless capability.

Digital DTB Player - the new Digital Talking Book Reader from the National Library Service (NLS).  Plays books on cartridges or downloaded over the Internet.  Allows for navigation by chapter at the push of a button.

PlayAway - one-book-per-player MP3 audio book device that you can borrow from the library and return just like a print book.

Accessible Games - chess and card games that have tactile markings and large print.

OpenBook - scanning and reading system for people who are blind

Kidspiration - visual organization software for kids

InspireData - visual organization software with an emphasis on math

Inspiration - visual organization software for people with learning disabilities

Word Prediction - WordQ and SpeakQ software that make writing easier by offering suggestions and using voice recognition.

Switches - large one-click buttons that can be used along with software to make computer access easy and fun for people who have physical or intellectual limitations that prevent them from gaining access to computers.

Switch Games - software that can be used in combination with button switches.

Head Tracker and On-screen Keyboard optical mouse - for people who have limited physical dexterity. A reflective dot is worn on the forehead and a camera and software track the positioning and translate this into mouse movements and clicks. ScreenDoor on-screen keyboard allows alphabetical and numerical typing using the HeadTracker.

iPad and iTouch -- mobile technologies with gestural interfaces made by Apple.  Both have the Voiceover screenreader and Zoom magnification.


Community Employment Resources for people with Disabilities in the District/Maryland/Virginia



DC Public Library Jobseekers site:



DC Public Library 

Center for Accessibility

Room 215

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

901 G Street, NW

Washington DC, 20001



Inspirational 3 Support Group 

"Faith Hope and Love"

Support Group Telephone 559-726-1300

Access Code 813025#

Every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm


DC Assistive Technology Resource Center 

220 I Street Suite 120, NE, Washington, DC 20002

202-589-0288 EXT 137 or EXT 139 (Voice) 

Email the DCATRC (


DC Department on Disability Services

Rehabilitation Services Administration 

1125 15th Street Northwest #2, Washington, DC 20005

(202) 730-1700


Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington

1775 Church Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036

(202) 234-1010


IONA Senior Services

4125 Albemarle Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20016

(202) 966-1055


Independent Living Center

1400 Florida Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

(202) 388-0033


Columbia Lighthouse of the Blind

1825 K Street, NW, Suite 1103

Washington, DC 20006


Columbia Lighthouse of the Blind offers programs and training for people who are blind and visually impaired, including programs about assistive technology, counseling, children's services, and rehabilitation services.


Dress for Success

Dress for Success Washington, D.C.

7826 Eastern Avenue, NW, LL12

Washington, DC 20012

Phone:  (202) 269-4805

Dress for Success in DC provides professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools for disadvantaged women.





1901 Mississippi Avenue SE 

Washington, DC 20020

Phone: (202) 450-2787

Perry School Office

128 M Street NW, Suite 335 

Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 289-2525

LIFT-DC provides services to DC residents that include employment services, housing, children's services, education/job training, legal services, computer literacy, and others.



5606 Dower House Road, 

Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 | 

Phone (301)599-8000 | 

Fax (301)599-0180 | 




Create employment opportunities and choices for people with significant disabilities.

8401 Old Courthouse Rd
Vienna, VA 22182
(888) 411-8424



ServiceSource is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to deliver exceptional services to individuals with disabilities through innovative and valued employment, training, habilitation, housing and support services.

Virginia Regional Office
Employment & Rehabilitation Services
Serving Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland & Colorado
ServiceSource Disability Resource Center
10467 White Granite Drive
Oakton, VA 22124


(DORS) Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services  

Division of Rehabilitation Services • 2301 Argonne Drive • Baltimore, MD 21218 • 410-554-9442 • 888-554-0334

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) offers programs and services that help people with disabilities go to work or stay independent in their homes and communities.


One Stop Career Centers

DC Works! One-Stop Career Center  - Headquarters

4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20019

Monday - Friday

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Main: (202) 724-2337,a,1233,q,538261.asp

Each One Stop Career center provides career counseling, career planning, resume assistance, direct job placement, classroom and on-the-job training, access to America's Job Bank (both online and via telephone), information about local and national labor markets, unemployment compensation and much more. (Nearby centers are also in Largo and Laurel in Maryland.)


American Council of the Blind (ACB)

DC Council of the Blind

Marilyn Lutter, President

1330 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Apt. #810

Washington, DC 20005-4132

(202) 783-0548

A membership organization that advocates for the blind and visually impaired.


National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Shawn Callaway 

President, NFB-DC 

(202) 352-1511

A member organization that conducts advocacy, research and educational programs for the blind.


The US Office of Personell Management has a site on disability employment:

The Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. We offer a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

Hiring people with disabilities into Federal jobs is fast and easy. People with disabilities can be appointed to Federal jobs non-competitively through a process called Schedule A. Learn how to be considered for Federal jobs under the noncompetitive process. People with disabilities may also apply for jobs through the traditional or competitive process.

To find Federal jobs for which you can apply, use USAJOBS









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