Disability and Inclusion University Curricula

Disability and Inclusion Curricula For Museum Studies Students and Young Museum Professionals

Art Beyond Sight Institute is working to develop a Disability and Inclusion Curricula Program comprised of a flexible set of learning modules on museum audiences with disabilities. The learning modules cover a range of competencies, skills and
knowledge critical to museums’ interaction with people with disabilities, including
those with invisible disabilities. This is a collaboration with six museum studies programs:

Arizona State University, Tempe

University of Washington, Seattle

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Cooperstown Graduate Program, Cooperstown, NY

George Washington University, Museum Studies, Washington DC.

A needs assessment in the first year of this project will define a set of competencies that faculty, students, and alumni identified as critical. In the second and third year,
the modules will be tested at the universities, evaluated with students and faculty,
revised, and made available online. A final report and a set of recommendations regarding adding this content to existing course offerings will be produced.

Beta version of the Disability and Inclusion Curricula is in development.

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Independent evaluator:

Lois H. Silverman has 25+ years of experience in museum education, research and evaluation, and professional development for museums. Her specialty areas include using museums as tools for individual and social change. She is an author of Social Work of Museums, 2010. Dr. Silverman has already developed a detailed evaluation plan for this project.






Advisory Board for the Disability and Inclusion Curricula:

Janet Marstine, AAM’s Committee of Museum Professional Training, Programme Director, Art Museum Studies, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester: Founding Director, Institute of Museum Ethics, Seton Hall University. Research Interests: Museum Theory/Museum Ethics/Ethics in the Art Museum. My research focuses on the convergence of museum theory, museum ethics and art museum theory and practice to meet the changing needs of museums and society. Editor of New Museum Theory and Practice: An Introduction, 2005 and Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum, 2007.

Christine Reich, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Museum of Science, Boston, Instructor of museum evaluation at Tufts University, and Chair of the Committee for Audience Research and Evaluation—a Professional Network within the American Association of Museums.

Francesca Rosenberg, Director of Community and Access Programs, Museum of Modern Art, NY. Ms. Rosenberg develop and supervise programs and services for audiences with disabilities and special needs, from children through adults; Plans and implements projects for community organizations, ranging from local neighborhood centers, libraries, specific cultural or ethnic groups, as well as social service agencies; Selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates full time staff and freelance educators to work with audiences with varying needs and abilities; oversees advisory board of individuals with disabilities and specialists in the field.

Richard Sandell, Director and Head of School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. My research interests focus on the social agency and changing roles and purposes of museums. In 2007 I published (Museums, Prejudice and the Reframing of Difference (Routledge 2007)) the findings from a major research project, carried out over six years, which explored the ways in which museums counter prejudice and promote cross-cultural understanding between communities. Between 2006-09 I co-directed (with Jocelyn Dodd) a large-scale action research project to explore new approaches to the representation of disabled people. My current research is exploring the museum’s relationship with morality, human rights and social justice.

Carol B. Stapp,Museum Education Program, The George Washington University; EDUCATION:The George Washington University, Washington, DC Ph.D. (American Civilization), 1989; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, M.A. (Art History), 1969; Newcomb College, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; École du Louvre, Paris, France 1965-66; HONORS: American Association of Museums Committee on Education 2007 Excellence in Practice Award, Phi Delta Kappa, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa, Bourse de France. EXPERIENCE: The George Washington University, Director, Museum Education Program, 1983-present. Associate Professor in Museum Education – Lecturer in Education, present-1977.Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum Teacher, 1976-71 and 1970-69.

Ray Silverman, Formely Director Museum Studies, University of Michigan.


Link to the Disability and Inclusion Resource For Museum Studies Program

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