Individuals with Mobility Limitations:
large-print versions of primary source materials, objects to touch, and training for staff members to help them use descriptive language during their tours .
We recognize that 18th-century architecture may present difficulties for those with physical disabilities and are working hard to ensure guests with disabilities have a wonderful and inclusive experience. Discounted Colonial Williamsburg Single-day and Multi-day admission tickets and Annual Passes (50% off) are available at on-site ticketing centers.
Individuals Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted:
“Seeing Through Drawing.” In this program, participants create works of art inspired by objects in the museum’s collection that are described to them by sighted instructors and that they can touch.
In this display, a raised, tactile map of a section of the White House is accompanied by Braille and three different opportunities for tactile interaction (a piece of horsehair upholstery fabric once used on a chair in the Cross Hall, a reproduction of a bison head carved on the State Dining Room mantel, and a reproduction of a doorknob from the North Portico Entry). While some of these features are specifically aimed at creating a more meaningful experience for visitors who are visually impaired, they actually enhance the experience for all visitors by extending and adding to the information in labels and photographs. In this way, the exhibit takes visitors’ different needs and abilities into consideration by incorporating both visual and tactile representations of content.
Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The Whitney Museum of American Art has also developed video blogs, or vlogs, with short videos featuring deaf museum educators communicating about artworks in American Sign Language. In addition to giving people an opportunity to access the museum without being physically present, these vlogs have also become popular among people without hearing impairments.
Individuals with Developmental and/or Learning Disabilities and Those on the Autism Spectrum
Subway Sleuths is an after-school program at the New York Transit Museum that uses a shared interest in trains among kids on the autism spectrum as a means to encourage peer-to-peer interaction and develop social skills and confidence through goal-oriented sessions. Using a strength-based approach, participants explore the Transit Museum’s decommissioned subway station home, solving transit mysteries, becoming transit experts and sharing that enthusiasm with others. By working in pairs as well as collaborating as a group, “Sleuths” practice different forms of social engagement. Each class is facilitated by a special education teacher and a speech-language pathologist, both trained in ASD support, and a Transit Museum educator.
Sensory Assistance Kit at The Henry Ford.
Noise-canceling headphones, earplugs and a communication board are available in a sensory assistance kit located at the Welcome Center ticket desk.
Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers
the first museum to create and offer a program specifically for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. “Meet Me at MoMA” has served as a model for similar programs across the country.