• Conversations about inclusivity and accessibility have become common place within the museum community. Issues of inclusivity can take account of a variety of audiences with special needs: those with mobility limitations, deaf/hearing impaired, blind/visually impaired, developmental, cognitive, or learning disabilities, and on the autism spectrum. As many museums have realized over the past two decades, […]

  • In this session, participants will gain ideas for enhancing accessibility for all visitors in ways that go beyond the legal obligations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Panelists include professionals who are actively promoting accessibility through innovative programs and partnerships at history museums of varying size, scope, and location. Chair: Caroline Braden, Guest Accessibility/Special […]

  • Programming for People with Special Needs: A Guide for Museums and Historic Sites will help museums and historic sites become truly inclusive educational experiences. The book is unique because it covers education and inclusion for those with both intellectual and learning disabilities. The book features the seven key components of creating effective programming for people with […]

  • This interactive panel for historic houses and historic sites offers attendees the opportunity to learn how to create a truly inclusive environment for all visitors, including those with a range of disabilities. The panel is made up of four museum professionals who are actively promoting accessibility at historic sites and structures through programs, exhibits, and their […]

  • This article explores the connection between the historic freakshows of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and modern museums. Additionally, the article offers a short history of dime museums as predecessors to today’s museum. Most museums and exhibits still try to entertain the masses, but with an emphasis on education; there are some, however, that still […]

  • LISTEN:  Download audio On July 26, 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, the disability community’s civil rights act. Today, museums are only beginning to realize the implications of creating environments that connect to people with disabilities. Panelists discuss their museum’s efforts to commit to full accessibility and challenge other museums to do the […]

  • The New Hampshire Project was a statewide cultural database formed in the early 1990s that contains information about the cultural resources of New Hampshire. This leaflet explains how The New Hampshire Project formed, beginning with feasibility studies. The project surveyed institutions across the state to determine their most significant collections. After receiving feedback, a follow-up […]

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 revolutionized the expectations of employers and access to facilities. This leaflet explains how the ADA affected museum’s hiring practices and the design of museum buildings. Guidelines establish what questions are no longer appropriate to ask on employment applications, health insurance coverage, and the expectations for employees to ask […]