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Dimensions, November/December 2012—Accessibility: Breaking New Ground


November/December 2012

In recent decades science museums have made significant progress in meeting the needs of visitors with a range of disabilities—physical, cognitive, and behavioral. But much more remains to be done for the inclusion of people with disabilities to become the norm. In this issue, we explore what it means to be inclusive and how science museums can adopt universal design practices to make accessibility part of their institutional culture. The articles include personal perspectives from two authors with disabilities as well as guidelines, resources, and specific suggestions that any institution can use to provide a successful experience for every visitor.

  • Changing Practices: Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Science Museums, by Christine Reich>/li>
  • An Institutional Culture of Inclusion, by Elizabeth Fleming
  • Universal Design: Inclusive and Accessible Museum Experiences, by Sina Bahram
  • The Adaptive Mindset: Reflections on Accessibility, by Gabrielle Trépanier
  • Engaging Students with Disabilities in Accessibility Reviews, by Sheryl Burgstahler and Lyla Crawford
  • From Access to Inclusion: Welcoming the Autism Community, by Paula Rais

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