Learn Braille & Tech Skills (Free)

Our friends at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in New York offer an ongoing remote braille study group, in addition to scheduled online workshops on various topics in assistive technology and culture. These offerings are open to all, regardless of location.

  • Use the link within each listing to register.
  • To receive a reminder about each upcoming workshop or to find out about additional pop-up offerings, email heiskelltech+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
  • Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org or call (212) 206-5400 and ask for zoom links for tech workshops, where available.


Braille Study Group – Remote (Ongoing)

Saturdays, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Zoom

Tuesdays, 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Zoom

We welcome learners at all levels! Bring your questions, get support for your learning goals and find out how to learn Braille for free from home. To register, please email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org or call (212) 206-5400, extension 3.


iPhone Chat for Voiceover Beginners

First Saturdays: July 2, August 6, September 3

1:00 to 2:15 PM Eastern

If you’re new to using Voiceover on the iPhone or if you’re still working toward confidence, this discussion group is for you. We’ll spend some time going over the theory of how screen readers work, gestures everyone needs to know, and some strategies for getting help. Then, we’ll open it up for questions and networking.

This event will take place online.

Join the Zoom for Voiceover Beginners


iPhone Chat for Voiceover Users: Beyond the Basics

First Saturdays: July 2, August 6, September 3

2:30 to 4:00 PM Eastern

Talk about customizing gestures and settings, exploring new apps, choosing accessories, dealing with bugs, and whatever else comes to mind. This is a space for any and all Voiceover topics that go beyond the basics of using common gestures and built-in apps.

This event will take place online.

Join the Zoom for Voiceover: Beyond the Basics


Making Videos with Clips

Saturday July 23, 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Learn how to use this popular mobile app to create, edit and share your own videos.

This event will take place online.

Register For Making Videos with Clips


Fantasy Football with Accessibility in Mind

Thursday August 4, 7:00 to 8:30 PM Eastern

You probably have heard people discussing fantasy football at school or around the office. What is it, and why are millions of people playing it? Volunteer Brian Fischler will share his 20 years of knowledge playing fantasy football with you. He will explain the game and how to play for free on Yahoo Fantasy, discuss different strategies to the game, the live draft where you pick your own players, following your team, making trades of players, and how live scoring works. The great thing about fantasy football is that you can put as little or as much time in to it as you want. And as Brian says, fantasy football is the world’s greatest waste of time, but wow is it fun.

This event will take place online.

Register for Fantasy Football with Accessibility in Mind


Intro to NVDA: a Ten-day Summer Immersion 

August 8 through 19, Monday through Friday, 3:00 to 5:00 PM Eastern 

There are several Windows screen readers to choose from. Come discover how this free, open-source option compares. If you know how to type, understand Windows basics, can commit to attending ten sessions, and would like to become more confident and proficient with the NVDA screen reader, this workshop is for you! Please plan to join us each week for a hands-on lesson and discussion. This workshop also includes a group mailing list where you can post your questions and discoveries for other members of your cohort to read and respond, as well as a weekly recap that is optional to attend half an hour before the official start of each class. We’ll cover the basics of customizing NVDA settings, getting around in Windows 10 or 11, working with text, managing files and folders and exploring the web. This workshop will be limited to 30 participants, so please apply to participate soon! This event will take place online.

Register for NVDA Summer Immersion


High- and Low-tech Organization and Labeling Tips

Monday August 15, 7:00 to 8:30 PM Eastern

We all have items around that we need to identify. Whether a document, file folder, containers, books, or clothing, there are eyes-free strategies for identifying things around the home or office. Join this workshop to learn about and share resources and methods for labeling as a blind person. We will cover resources for adhesive labeling with a slate and stylus, Perkins brailler, as well as more high tech tools to label clothing for laundry and identification, and more.

This event will take place online.

Register for High and Low Tech Organization


Using Braille Displays with iOS

Monday August 22, 7:00 to 8:30 PM Eastern

Your Braille display can be a powerful companion to your iPhone or iPad, but there’s so much to know as you begin. We’ll go through common Braille display commands, settings and customizations, known bugs and workarounds, and apps that work especially well with Braille.

This event will take place online.

Register for Using Braille Displays with iOS


Google Apps with Accessibility in Mind

Wednesdays (August 24-September 28)

4:30 to 6:30 PM Eastern

Let’s explore popular free tools that you can use on the web or with mobile apps to manage your time, share your work and collaborate. Participation in all sessions is encouraged, since we’ll be building your knowledge from week to week. All sessions meet on Wednesdays, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM Eastern.

August 24: Drive and Docs Basics

August 31: Drive and Docs: Formatting, organization, editing, and version control

September 7: Docs: Commenting, Collaboration, Track Changes, Sharing Permissions and Publishing 

September 14: Calendar (including invitations, shared calendars, and Meet)

September 21: Sheets

September 28: Slides 

This event will take place online.

Register for Google Apps with Accessibility in Mind