Disability Awareness Training

Defining Accessibility

The disability paradigm shift
includes two fundamental concepts
that impact the way we approach accessibility:

Disability is a mainstream experience of being human.
Put aside the presumption that disability resides in only some individuals. All of us do or will experience some change in ability, whether permanent or temporary.

Disability is a contextual experience:
Functional limitation is a fact.  Disability is a phenomenon of the experience that occurs by the individual intersecting with the environment, including physical, information, communication, social and policy environments.

The changing paradigm of disability impacts why and how we create accessibility. This training focuses on how we can design the museum environment - with particular emphasis on the information, communication and social environment - to minimize disabling experiences for all who use the museum.


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Disability Awareness Training
  A New Paradigm
  WHO New Definition of Disability
    Social or Human Rights New Model
    Accessibility and "Invisible" Disabilities
  Defining Accessibility
  Why Access to the Arts?
    Artists' Perspective
  Personal Perspective
    Legal Perspective
    Economic Perspective
    Institutional Perspective
  Accessibility Skills
    People-first Language
    Disability Stereotypes
    Communication Tips
    Sighted Guide Technique
  Assistive Technologies
    Mobility Accommodations
    Sensory Accommodations
    Cognitive Accommodations
  An Accessible Museum: Universal Design
  Tools For Accessibility
  Practical Exercises


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