January 10, 2011
National Center on Accessibility, Indiana University - Bloomington
The purpose of the project was to convene museum and site exhibit stakeholders, including government and private sector museum staff, Federal and State accessibility specialists, exhibit designers, consumers with vision impairments, and related stakeholders in a workshop to consider issues in exhibit design and operation for people with low vision and blindness. This project was conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Architecture and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) and the National Park Service. The project involved the commission of four white papers by experts who had conducted research or projects in subjects related to exhibit or interpretive media design for persons with low vision or who are blind. The four issues identified for white papers were in the areas of: Effective Communication: What Visitors with Vision Loss Want Museums and Parks to Know about Effective Communication (Beth Ziebarth, Smithsonian Institution); Tactile Mapping and Orientation: Tactile Mapping for Cultural and Entertainment Venues (Steve Landau, Touch Graphics); Tactile Models with Audio Description: Research on Effective Use of Tactile Exhibits with Touch Activated Audio Description for the Blind and Low Vision Audience (Rebecca Fuller and Bill Watkins, RAF Models); and Current Media Technology: Current Media Technology, Appropriate Application of Technology, Future Research Needs (Larry Goldberg, National Center for Accessible Media).