About the exhibition
“Fills one with real optimism…”—New York Times
There has been a surge of design with and by people with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities. Fueled by advances in research, technology, and fabrication, this proliferation of functional, life-enhancing products is creating unprecedented access in homes, schools, workplaces, and the world at large. Access+Ability features over 70 innovative designs developed in the last decade. From low-tech products that assist with daily routines to the newest technologies, the exhibition explores how users and designers are expanding and adapting accessible products and solutions in ways previously unimaginable.
A selection of objects featured in the exhibition.
tell us your stories
Help us raise awareness of accessible design with your personal stories of life-enhancing accessible products, systems, and services. Your input will help us decide which objects to rotate into the exhibition as we continue to expand its offerings. Please share your stories and photos at email@example.com by April 1, 2018.
Accessibility at Cooper Hewitt
In 2017, Cooper Hewitt committed itself to a campus-wide effort to broaden audiences and ensure the museum is welcoming to all. Toward that end, the museum is using its galleries and resources to raise awareness of accessible design innovation, inspire dialogue, and leverage the museum’s role as a design hub to promote problem-solving in support of inclusivity.
Cooper Hewitt offers a variety of access services and programs so that everyone may enjoy the museum to the fullest extent possible. Visit our Accessibility at Cooper Hewitt page to learn more.
Verbal description tours
Verbal description, docent-led tours of Access+Ability are designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision and are open to all. Discover highlights from the exhibition through rich and dynamic description and sensory experience. Touch tour components of some objects may be included.
Verbal description tours of Access+Ability will be offered every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. All public tours are free with museum admissions and no reservations are required.