Disability Awareness Training

Creating Access: Practical Exercises




In the Lobby
You see a person who is blind or visually impaired standing in the lobby of the museum, looking lost or uncertain where to go.  What do you do?

At the Membership desk
A visitor who is blind and his/her companion approach the membership desk, and would like to become members.  At the end of the application process, you need a signature from the person who is blind. What do you do?

At the coat check
There is a person with a service animal waiting at the coat check. What do you do?

On a tour or in an art making project
You have one blind student in your class and you are working on a project to make a pyramid for your Egyptian art tour. What do you do?

In the Cafeteria
You bring a tour to the museum cafeteria for refreshments, and there is a self-serve beverage station.  How can the blind visitor in your tour get a drink? A companion may serve him or her the drink. But how can you make the self-serve beverage accessible so that the person with a visual impairment may serve a drink for herself or, for example, her young child? What do you do?


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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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