Museum Accessibility Week 4 Readings

Feb 21, 2020


Charlotte Coates article

  • The article “Best practice in making Museums more accessibile to visually impaired visitors” explains the importance of multi sensory experience in museum so that various people with disabilities can feel inclusiveness and enjoy museum.

  • The number of people with low vision is approx 1.3 billion in the world. 25.5 million in US.

  • Some ways museums cater for people with low vision: audio guide, audio descriptive displays, tactile exhibition, 3D printing, sight, sound, touch and smell.

  • Museum for the bling: It was founded in 1992 with the aim of offering blind and visually impaired people the chance to access a museum in a standard way. Items include touch, tactile art, models of artworks, art made by blind people, document and history of people with visual impairment. It gives “welcome” feeling to visitors.

  • Example of The V&A: The museum started to offer ractile sessions for visually impaired visitors since 1985. It often change contents so that they can eonjoy new experiences when they come back. It also offers packege of tools to welcome people with different disabilities, including pre-booked tour, tactile books, audio descriptions, tactile abjects, sensory backpack, and so on. The information is availble online so that people can check it beforehand.

  • Smithonian's InSight tours: To show there are other ways to experience art, apart from visual experience. With small group of people, they can ask questions, touch art works, etc. Talk about colors, smells, and sounds.

  • New tech: 3D printing, 3D models of existing arts, touch feeling with VR glove,

  • Multi sensory: touch, smell, light, etc.

  • The four principals of accessibility: content should be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust.

Interpreting Interpretation

  • Connection between teller and receiver.

  • Length, word choise, form(e.g. bullet point), plain/difficult, subjective/objective, fun/boring, knowledge gap, who is target audiences.


Interpreting Interpretation article reminded me of a Japanese article 「読まれる文章」をnoteで書くためのコツをまとめてみるよ (How to write so that people want to read). Some of the points are:

  • Length: People is getting less willing to read long paragraph. This might be because of the new style of reading via sich as twitter or messenger that people read short messages a lot. This implies people get used to process/understand information a lot with short sentences rather than their ability to read and understand become poor.

  • Logic: 5 years ago, people prefer logical writings using bullet points/nesting. But now people prefer story with logic. Something like; you get quetsions while you read, then you find the answers one by one like you read a logic story.


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