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Painting of a sunrise in shades of blue, purple, and orange. At the center, two arms overlayed from the background sign "sun" in American sign language, one hand flat palm down, the other rests above in a circular position.
Forming Meaning Through Our Most Personal Sense
Forming Meaning Through Our Most Personal Sense: Explorations on Global Accessibility Awareness Day “Body as home, but only if it is understood that place, and community, and culture burrow deep into our bones” –Eli Clare, Exile and Pride The senses move us through space Deaf mythology tells the story of planet Eyeth. Here, visual-based communication...
A museum gallery is filled with large, undulating partitions composed of colorful threads. Through the nearest partition, a man can be seen leaning forward to smell scented objects housed in glass domes. A sign on this partition reads "Inclusive Environments".
The Senses: Descriptive Audio Tour
Ellen Lupton, co-curator of the exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision, provides a descriptive audio tour through two dozen projects in the exhibition, with step-by-step guidance for visitors with blindness or low vision. Approximately 30 minutes. Part 1: Getting Started Part 2: Shaping Sound Part 3: Tactile Library Part 4: Wrapping Up (Also available on Soundcloud)....
Cooper Hewitt Takes on Verbal Description
Cooper Hewitt’s exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision (April 13–October 28, 2018) is one of our museum’s early explorations in developing exhibition design that is accessible to all visitors, including people with sensory differences. Many museums do a good job making their facilities wheelchair-accessible and meeting basic ADA requirements, but it’s another matter to offer...
Image of Paul Orselli, President and Chief Instigator, POW! and blogger ExhibiTricks, standing to introduce himself during a panel discussion at Cooper Hewitt. Audience members and panelists look on. Paul wears a red t-shirt with the words "Museums are not neutral" printed on it.
Lab | Universal Design Panel with Museum Access Consortium
The seven principles of Universal Design (1997) provide a philosophy and framework for creating inclusive and accessible places and experiences. The workshop brings together educators, curators, and spatial and interactive designers to examine how exhibition developers have used Universal Design in their work for museums and sites of life-long learning. Panelists include: Steven Landau, Research...
Web screenshot of online large print labels. Top reads exhibition title The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s. Below, introductory text is printed, the right includes dates and keywords.
Large-print labels are live!
Launching alongside the long-awaited Jazz Age exhibition, the exciting new large-print label feature on our collection site is a key part of Cooper Hewitt’s ongoing accessibility initiative. The original goal for the large-print labels project was to create a physical manifestation of our exhibition label content that could be distributed to museum visitors by our Visitor Experiences team...