Category Archives: Disability Services

Pawtucket Library explores assistive technology tools

Pawtucket Public Library Director, Susan Reed and Assistant Director, Chris Jeffers, listen to Gloria Stuart of Tech ACCESS RI describe the purpose of the ALL Access Exploration Station. Susan and Chris came to the Providence Public Library yesterday to hear more about ALL Access activities and are planning to implement many of the programs at their library in the upcoming year.

Pawtucket visits Exploration Station


Exploration Stations enable library visitors to try out a wide range of assistive technologies and tools at the library with guidance from trained librarians and assistive technology experts.

Visit an Exploration Station to:

  • discover and use assistive technologies to help access digital and print resources
  • explore how assistive technologies might meet the needs of your family members, students, clients, or employees
  • determine whether you or your clients would benefit from a more in-depth evaluation.

To learn more, click here for the Exploration Station page..

Our presentation at COABE 2015: Adult Education and Libraries: New (Emerging) Models for Learning and Workforce Development

Our presentation at COABE 2015: Adult Education and Libraries: New (Emerging) Models for Learning and Workforce Development

Karisa Tashjian and Mary Jo Feeney attended the annual conference for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) last week, and presented “Adult Education and Libraries: New (Emerging) Models for Learning and Workforce Development” to an enthusiastic and receptive group on Friday. In our presentation we demonstrate how in Rhode Island, ALL Access in theContinue Reading

Betsy Dalton on Inclusive Library Services

JR Franco conducted a great interview with Betsy Dalton. Check it out here:

What is Assistive Technology?

Congressman Jim Langevin and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung Visit C-Lab

The new C-Lab at Cranston Public Library is the location of ALL Access services. It was an honor to host Congressman Jim Langevin and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung yesterday. Congressman Langevin posted on Facebook: When is the last time you visited your local library? Our libraries are essential centers of our communities and they doContinue Reading

Senator Jack Reed Visits New C Lab

Great coverage in the Cranston Herald in a piece by Kelcy Dolan “Library highlights adult learning programs, new technology during Reed visit.” Included in the article is a quote from Magdalena DeSousa, an ALL Access user who reports: “I worked in the financial industry for 17 years, and then to be cost effective they decidedContinue Reading

Visit an Exploration Station at Providence or Cranston Public Libraries

Do you or someone you know have a difficult time seeing the computer screen or using a mouse/keyboard? The ALL Access Assistive Technology Exploration Station has arrived at the Providence Public Library! Gloria Stuart from Tech ACCESS RI will be at PPL every other Thursday from 12:30 to 4. Gloria’s hours at Cranston Public Library SockanossettContinue Reading


On a recent snowy day in Providence, while heading out for lunch, I ran into an older gentleman outside the library.  We immediately recognized each other and quickly reconnected.  “Hi Miss, I remember you from the library.   Thanks you so much for your help.  I was able to get my back rent and I haveContinue Reading

Access is the challenge – Technology can help.

People have a wide range of needs when it comes to accessing and using all of the great resources in our libraries. If you can see and read print, then you can probably use most library materials. If, on the other hand, you cannot see, have a hard time seeing, have difficulty reading print, orContinue Reading

This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services Grant LG-07-13-0318-13