Accessibility Advice for Museums
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Dr. Zaborowski: The most important thing for museums to do is number one, don't assume that you know what the blind person wants or does not want. The number one thing to remember is to always ask. And then work to improve the accessibility of your facility with a multitude of methods. Audio description of exhibits is very important. To have printed material in Braille, Large Print, and on tape. To have volunteer available to help escort blind people when it's appropriate and to share with them what's there.
Some of the best examples of accessibility are already in museums. They are when you walk into the museum and there's an audio cassette that describes the exhibition that's there for everyone. And the blind person and put the tape recorder on and can move around the museum just like anyone. Now some individuals might want someone to accompany them, to describe things or help move through the galleries. And other individuals will want to do it themselves and they'll just want some verbal direction to where they start and where they end.
Dr. Betsy A. Zaborowski
National Federation of the Blind
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