ERIC Number: ED437754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Everyone's Welcome: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Museums.
Salmen, John P. S.
This manual was designed to assist museums in becoming accessible to all individuals, including people with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA). Following an introduction that addresses museum attendance, accessibility, universal design, and different types of disabilities, chapter 1, "ADA Basics for Museums," explains the basics of the law and outlines the legal requirements of museums under the ADA. Chapter 2, "A Strategy for Accessibility," outlines a nine-step strategy of building blocks for achieving ADA compliance. The steps include: (1) accessibility statement; (2) accessibility coordinator, (3) accessibility advisory council; (4) staff training; (5) review of existing facilities and programs; (6) planning for accessibility; (7) promoting and advertising accessibility in the museum; (8) grievance procedures; and (9) ongoing review of access efforts. Chapter 3, "Accessible Facilities and Exhibits," gives a wide range of practical and specific recommendations on how museums can design accessible exhibits and programs. The final chapter, "Content Communication," presents alternative ways that museums can effectively communicate information about the content of their collections to all visitors. A 20-page resources section is provided that includes further sources of information about the ADA. (CR)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adults, Arts Centers, Building Design, Children, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Exhibits, Federal Legislation, Museums, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Teamwork
American Association of Museums, 1575 Eye St., NW., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-289-1818; Web site: http://www.aam-us.org
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Civil Rights Div.; American Association of Museums, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc., Takoma Park, MD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990