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In Touch with Art is Europe’s leading conference about museums, heritage and people with vision impairment, due to take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London from 13-14 October 2010. This blog discusses the perspectives on equal access to museums for people with vision impairment.

Some thoughts around the power of the audio guide from Wendy Moor - audio guide writer and producer

11 October 2010

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In his blog William Philips talks about a recent ‘Secret Shopper’ survey of Hampshire cultural sites. He says that "nearly everyone who carried out the survey said an audio guide would help them to negotiate and enjoy the sites." So – as vision impaired visitors have themselves identified the potential of this medium to meet their needs, museums and heritage sites should feel confident that making it a central part of their access provision will be a worthwhile exercise....

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Cassie Herschel-Shorland asks what makes a museum or gallery environment accessible?

10 October 2010

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Inclusive exhibition design I would like to pick-up on Marcus's questions about why new exhibitions and museums are still opened without being accessible to all? What makes a museum or gallery environment accessible? A simplified definition of 'inclusive design' that I use when working towards inclusive exhibitions is 'design that provides choice and flexibility for people'. This sounds straightforward and obvious when explained in a design team meeting or project workshop, but it is too often...

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Marcus Weisen on waking up to cultural rights!

10 September 2010

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DAO kindly invited me to contribute a blog to add to the lively exchange about equal access to museums, galleries and heritage for visually impaired people begun by Will Phillips There could hardly be a better start than William’s many reflections on remaining barriers. Here is a museum professional who can see both sides of the coin and rightly suggests that more could be done. When large print and Braille information are routinely missing, when intellectual access to the collections is...

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