Disability Awareness Training

Disability Redefined

Disability is the world’s largest minority group,
a group that anyone can join at any time.

In this section of the Handbook, you learn about recent fundamental changes in how disability is understood, and how those changes impact accessibility in museums and cultural institutions.

Writers: & Clara Rojas Sebesta, ABS
Multimedia Producer: Lou Giansante

Contributors and Reviewers
Valerie Fletcher, Institute for Human-Centered     Design at Adaptive Environments
Carole Gothelf, AHRC-NYC
Suzanne Mitchell, Rehabilitation Services     Administration
Andrew Washburn, Department of Justice
Marcus Weisen, Museums, Libraries and Archives     Council, London, UK
Renee Wells, Consultant
Beth Ziebarth, Smithsonian Institution








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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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