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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