Institute Publications

Our online and print publications for museum professionals, educators, students in special educations, museum studies and art education.

cover of the DSQ magazineMuseum Experience and Blindness.Special Issue of the Disability Studies Quarterly, 2013, edited by Georgina Kleege, Nina Levent, and Joan  Pursley.



cover of the bookSpeaking Out On Art and Museums, 2011

This report presents findings from a joint study carried out by the Museum of Science, Boston Research and Evaluation Department (MOS) and Art Beyond Sight with museum visitors who are blind or have low vision. The purpose of this study was to gather information that can inform the development of pilot museum programs that meet the needs and interests of visitors who are blind or have low vision and to provide professional development for museum professionals. Focus groups occurred during 2010 at seven major art museums across the country including the Brooklyn Museum; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the National Gallery of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Seattle Art Museum.

Available for download or contact the office regarding hard copies.

pix of the website for the handbookHandbook for Museums and Educators, 2005

An online multimedia publication complete with video and audio interviews and demonstrations. This Handbook includes Disability Awareness Training materials and Accessibility Programming A-Z, as well as materials pertaining to employment of people with disabilities for Human Resources. The Handbook includes a series of modules that takes you step-by-step through the process of creating an accessible arts program for people with visual impairments. Each module contains: An Overview, Practical Considerations, Agendas, Checklists, Troubleshooting Tips, Funding Strategies.


Art Beyond Sight: A Demonstration of Practical Techniques for Teaching Art to People Visual Impairments, 2004.

A video/DVD (1hr. 4 min, audiodescribed) co-produced with the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2004. The video includes a 23-minute overview of how to use verbal descriptions, touch tours, tactile diagrams and art making in museums and classrooms. The video also includes how-to vignettes and demonstrations of these techniques.

Available through Amazon.


Art Beyond Sight book coverArt Beyond Sight: A Resource on Art, Creativity, and Visual Impairments, 2003.

This 500-page volume is co-published with the American Foundation for the Blind. This one-of-a-kind resource  provides vital information on all aspects of exploring art and creativity by people who are blind or visually impaired. Developed by Art Education for the Blind/Art Beyond Sight, this beautiful, fully illustrated manual is the result of a decade-long international collaboration among researchers, art educators, teachers of visually impaired students, psychologists, museum professionals, and blind and sighted art enthusiasts. Includes a section of reproducible pages for classroom or workshop activities.

Available for purchase through AFB Store and Amazon. Translated in Lithuanian and Korean. Spanish translation is coming.


Art History Through Touch and Sound, 1999-2001.

This is the first-ever multisensory art encyclopedia for art lovers who are blind and visually impaired. Each volume is written by an expert in a particular art period and is complete with a tactile diagram manual, recorded verbal descriptions and interpretive sound images. The following volumes are available for purchase: Building Blocks of Art; Art of Ancient Egypt; Art of Ancient  Greece; Baroque Art; and  Art of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas. The Modern European Art volume is sold out.

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