Accessibility

Making your museum more accessible will expand your impact and reach to include not only people with disabilities but also their families who are visiting with them. The resources below contain many simple, low- or no-cost ways you can make your museum or historic site more accessible to visitors with disabilities.


Resources

Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design (Smithsonian Institution)

Published by the Smithsonian as an in-house guide for creating accessible museum exhibitions, this document provides a thorough overview of the many ways you can make your own museum more accessible to visitors with a variety of disabilities. Topics covered range from color use in exhibitions to circulation routes to contemporary accepted terminology for people with disabilities.

Creating Accessible Web Sites (American Foundation for the Blind)

Many museums and historic sites have web sites and blogs, but many users of these resources could benefit from more accessible design. There are a lot of small changes you can make to your web presence (such as being sure to caption and describe all your images) to make it more accessible.

Roundup of Recent News on Accessible Design, as it Pertains to the Museum World (American Alliance of Museum’s Center for the Future of Museums)

This comprehensive guide provides links to a variety of sites and organizations that specialize in accessible media and museum functions. Learn about topics ranging from sub-titling video content to connecting your building’s sound system to hearing aids and cochlear implants to producing “elderly pathway design.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

This webpage can be used as a model for your small museum for creating an accessibility policy at your museum.  On their page, they include information for visitors with mobility impairment, visual impairment, service animals, and autism.

H-Disability Listserv           

Have a question about disability or accessibility? Submitting your query too the H-Disability Listerv might be a good place to start.