Access Smithsonian is a catalyst for consistent and integrated inclusive design that provides meaningful access to the Smithsonian Institution museums and content for visitors with disabilities.
How can Affiliates collaborate with Access Smithsonian
Mornings at the Museum – for families to practice going to a museum or cultural organization that respects sensory processing and cognitive difference across the spectrum. Watch the introductory video to learn more.
See Me at the Museum – for adults with dementia and their care providers to dialogue, share observations, and socialize with loved ones.
Project SEARCH – a 10-month internship for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to learn marketable job skills.
Smithsonian’s Accessible-Design-Guidelines.pdf, including a checklist for accessible visitor information desks
Best practices for Inclusive-Digital-Interactives.pdf, a collaborative research report by the Smithsonian, Institute for Human Centered Design, and MuseWeb
Smithsonian’s guidelines for Accessible-Exhibition-Design.pdf
The Smithsonian’s general accessibility standards, including legislation and regulations
Ashley’s excited to talk about –
- Smithsonian Access programming that could be adapted to Affiliate sites
- Tips and videos related to best practice in museum accessibility
- Brainstorming ways to improve accessibility practice and design as organizations reopen (this NPR interview contains some powerful thoughts)
- Helping Affiliate staff to network with advisors and experts to catalyze initiatives and/or task forces in your community
Senior Program Specialist