Getting Started: A Sample Schedule

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How to Gear Up Your Institution
(...and How to Keep It Going in the Following Year!)

A Sample Schedule

Part I: Launch

Activity

Relevant Handbook Modules

Months 1 and 2

  • Training I. Disability Awareness Training for all Staff
  • Advisory Board Meeting
  • Disability Awareness Training
  • Developing an Advisory Board
  • Launching a Pilot

Month 3

  • Training II. Accessibility Tools and Resources Training for Core Staff and Educators
  • Advisory Board Meeting: Introduce Program and Set Goals
  • After Advisory Board Meeting: Practical Steps and Timeline Involved in Launching a Pilot Program
  • Accessibility Tools Training (Useful Throughout Process of Implementing Program)
  • Developing an Advisory Board
  • Launching a Pilot
  • The Museum Team

Months 4 and 5

  • Museum Team Meeting to Review Program and the Responsibilities of Different Departments (Get the team's input into the shaping of the program.)
  • Staff Meeting: Discuss Practical Steps Involved in Launching a Pilot Program and the Timeline. Plan to Pilot a Small-scale Program in Month 9.
  • Staff and Advisory-group Meeting: Preparing for Docent and Volunteer Training
  • Developing an Advisory Board
  • Launching a Pilot
  • The Museum Team
  • Staff and Docent Training
  • Museum School Partnerships or Three Program-specific Modules

Months 6 and 7

  • Docent and Volunteer Training (This may be done in two parts, one for all volunteers, one for a select group that will be more involved with the program for blind visitors.)
  • Advisory Board Meeting: Review Plans for Pilot Program and Materials
  • Continued Staff Meetings to Finalize Plans and Prepare Materials for Fall Pilot Program
  • Launching a Pilot
  • The Museum Team
  • Staff and Docent Training

Month 8

  • Advisory Group Meeting Three: Plan Community Outreach Specifically Directed Towards Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month
  • Developing an Advisory Board
  • Community Outreach and Open House
  • Museum-School Partnerships
  • Awareness Month Web site

Month 9

  • Create a Small-scale Pilot Program with a Team of Dedicated Advisors, Docents, and Volunteers
  • Make It Last!

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Part II. Keep it Accessible! Annual Re-trainings and Ongoing Community Outreach

In the first year (months 10 and 11):

In the following year:

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