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Community Culture and Technology Fair: “Hands On! Exploration, Creation, and Education.”

Touch Graphics is excited to be participating in this Fair. See information below.

Join us Sat. Oct. 15th at the Heiskell Library from 10am – 4pm for this year’s FREE Community Culture and Technology Fair:  “Hands On! Exploration, Creation, and Education.” The fair has expanded to two floors, and will be offering creative workshops, speakers, and tablers bringing hands-on activities and the newest technology including the Orbit and Braille Note Touch. Learn about accessible museum programs and adaptive recreation, and find out how to get free memberships to cultural institutions with the IDNYC card. Come to the workshop floor to try out basic electronics building on an Arduino and see if you’d like to learn to code. Draw with our 3D plastic creation pen to build touchable objects, check out some relaxing, accessible origami, or hear celebrated local author Lloyd Burlingame talk about his newest book, or check out the Hadley Institute’s education programs. We’ll have free library totebags, snacks, and new surprises while they last. No registration is necessary for this free fair open to the public. Hope to see you there.

 Tech highlights:

Try out and learn about the new Braille Note Touch, the low-cost refreshable braille device Orbit Reader 20,  the OrCam My Eyes or My Reader, the Traveler HD, and the Davinci Pro, among others.

 Featured speakers and workshops:

  • 11am: Accessibility Maker Bob Paradiso talks about his creative DIY adaptations, modifying existing electronics and creating custom hardware to enable people to do more.

  • 12:00 pm: Gaming and Making at the Library: Draw with our 3Doodler plastic creation pen to build touchable objects, try the makey makey, and the drawing tablet with the Heiskell coaches, and have fun with Accessible Gaming from the Brooklyn Public Library.

  • 1:00 pm: What’s Happening at Hadley?  The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually impaired is the largest educator of people with blindness worldwide. Learn more about Hadley’s “cutting edge” programs and initiatives.

  • 2:00pm Author Lloyd Burlingame “To Create is to Live”: former Broadway stage designer and NYU Emeritus  professor  will speak  on how  loss of sight has cause him to reinvent himself as an author of 3 published books. One celebrating his love for  and adventures with two  Seeing Eye dogs, another  a tribute to old Broadway  in it’s glorious sunset years and the third, and most recent “A Blessing Well disguised” is about a blinded artist’s inner journey out of the dark.

  • 3:00 pm Accessible Origami with the Origami Therapy Association

 Hands-on Featured Exhibit:

The architecture of identity, celebrating history and a shared vision for peace.  Large print, Braille, and audio guides available. “Centered around Palmyra’s ancient triumphal arch, a total of seven tactile exhibits complete with braille, large print, and audio exhibition guide will explore the key architectural and decorative features.The exhibition will travel across the United States in parallel with a sister exhibition in the United Kingdom.  Presented by the Institute for Digital Archeology: “We aim to develop and deploy 3D printing technology to help to make architectural cultural heritage — something which is traditionally very hard for those with low or no vision to experience — more accessible.”

 Confirmed tablers so far:

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, KNFB Reader, LinkNYC,  Newsline, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Blind Arduino Project, Google inc., Accessible Gaming with Brooklyn Public Library, Theater Development Fund (TDF), Queens Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Bob Paradiso, Origami Therapy Association, Historic House Trust of New York City, National Parks of NY Harbor / Gateway National Recreation Area, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, Independence Science, NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, InTandem Cycling, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Touch Graphics Inc., C TECH, The Museum of Modern Art, Greater New York Council of the Blind, Lighthouse Guild, Guide Dog Users of New York, Pedestrians for Accessible and Safe Streets (PASS), Eye Assist LLC, Computer Center for Visually Impaired People: CCVIP of Baruch College, Cornell Tech, Citizens’ Advisory Council of the Heiskell Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, National Federation of the Blind, Bookshare, NYS Commission for the Blind, Gatewave Radio, Adaptive Climbing Group, NYC Emergency Management, The Brailler Depot, IDNYC from NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and more.

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