Accessibility Boutiques

Accessibility boutiques are workshops presented by our access technology experts that provide introductions to accessibility best practices and the latest trends in access tech.

The accessibility boutiques are offered by the National Federation of the Blind at no cost to Maryland citizens with support from the state of Maryland through the Nonvisual Accessibility Initiative grant administered by the Maryland Department of Disabilities.

Register for one or more accessibility boutiques today.

March: Procurement of Accessible Software for the Office

Tuesday, March 31
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. EST
Zoom teleconference

This two-hour workshop will explore accessible software for blind and low vision employees available for office spaces like accessing emails, documents, online tools, and more. Tap into a talent pool of productive blind and low vision employees or support an existing employee losing vision by considering accessibility throughout your Enterprise software procurement process. If you’re a blind professional, this can help you be more knowledgeable about accessible software.

This quick boutique will briefly review screen reading technology and how blind people access computers, then discuss in depth the various considerations for accessibility in software for the workplace.

Learn about strategies to ensure that the software in your workplace is accessible to blind and low vision employees, including:

  • How to know in advance if an application will work with screen reading technology?
  • What can be done to remediate access issues for systems already in place?
  • What is a VPAT and how can it help in assessing the accessibility of an application?
  • What is JAWS Scripting and how can it help?

This is a great boutique for business owners, decision makers, the software contact in your organization, higher education and tech administrators, or for blind professionals who want to know what to request at the office. Register today!

April: Technology and Training Options for Seniors

Tuesday, April 28
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. EST
Baltimore, Maryland
NFB Jernigan Institute
Fourth Floor Computer Lab 

This two-hour session will explore the technology tools that may be beneficial for blind seniors. This boutique can help those who have recently experienced vision loss or a blind senior interested in learn more about new technology.

Presented by access technology specialists, learn more about easy, accessible, and powerful tools for seniors. Come take a look at the latest easy to use in-home technology, and learn more about the training options that are available for those new to technology. 

Stay tuned for more details. Register today!

May: Textbook Provider Showdown

Tuesday, May 26
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. EST
Zoom teleconference

For blind students already attending or about to attend college, learn the best ways of accessing textbooks and other resources in this two-hour workshop. In the past, your TVI and school district may have taken care of securing your textbooks. Now, among the myriad other things that are your responsibility, you must not only buy your schoolbooks, but you have to know where to get them, and know that they’ll be accessible to you. This boutique will cover:

  • Learning Ally, Bookshare, iTunesU, Amazon, where should you buy your textbooks?
  • ePub, PDF, iBook, Braille, Audiobook: What’s the best format?
  • What’s the best way for a blind person to get textbooks for the coming college term?

Take advantage of this free opportunity to learn more about college resources. Register today!

June: Document Accessibility Overview

Tuesday, June 30
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. EST
Zoom teleconference

This two-hour workshop will explore making those daily documents accessible. Every day we create a variety of documents, reports, forms, invoices, etc. There are multiple formats to choose from, each of which can be made accessible. Presented by access technology specialists, learn how to make a variety of documents accessible. Along with demonstrations and examples, this boutique will cover:

  • Word accessibility basics
  • Creating accessible HTML documents
  • Remediating PDF files
  • Basics of ePub 3 accessibility

This boutique is great for teachers, post-secondary students, and office professionals—blind or sighted. Register today!

More Information

For more information about our accessibility boutiques, please call 410-659-9314, option 5 or email