Museums offer array of programs for the disabled

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Museums today offer an array of creative programs and technology that allow people with disabilities to enjoy their collections.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Cultural programming for this special group has greatly expanded in that time.

There are classes and tours for people with learning and developmental disabilities. People with vision impairments can "see" a work of art with the help of audio describers — persons trained to vividly convey an image. Visitors with hearing loss are aided via assisted listening devices.

Lowered wall labels and cases help people in wheelchairs.

One expert says the most "meaningful" change in the last 25 years is that disabled visitors now know to expect access to all of these offerings instead of hoping that they're there.