Recently, a few people have approached us wondering how they could be involved with the Incluseum. This is great, as we want the Incluseum to be a dynamic tool that uses and builds upon your expertise. Here are some concrete ways in which you can contribute to the project:
- Give us input and feedback: What are your thoughts/concerns/questions about social inclusion in museums? What sub-topics would you be interested in reading about? What kind of activities would you want to participate in?
- Share your projects and research with us. We would love to give visibility to what you’re working on, so let us know about it! You could guest blog for us or we could conduct an interview with you.
- Have you read a book, a report, or visited an exhibit that connects to themes of social inclusion in museums? You could write a review about it.
- Write a personal commentary piece in which you explore your ideas about social inclusion in museums
- Get in touch if you want support. We are eager to support inclusive projects that museum professionals are working hard to get off the ground. Is there a program you would love to run but need more time or resources in order to coordinate? Interested in planning a project but needing some collaborators to brainstorm with? We would be happy to talk with you about how we could support your effort.
We look forward to working with you in 2013!
Hello wonderful Incluseum! I’m going to be in touch soon, writing a ‘business plan’ this month for an exciting new project and would love as much feedback as possible 🙂
We look forward to hearing from you! You can email us at email@example.com
Thank you, I will be in touch soon 🙂
I am a participant in the upcoming You Can’t Do That In Museums Camp, which will take place at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz this July. Nina Simon who wrote, The Participatory Museum is hosting. Perhaps you would consider with sponsorship. Here is some other information about it:
Hi Elizabeth, We have heard about this camp and think it sounds great! We currently are not able to sponsor events like this camp as we are a small operation (two gals devoting time and energy to our passion!) However, if we can swing it, it sounds like something we would like to attend. What is your background in museums and otherwise? Thanks for the comment!
Hello! The Incluseum initiative is fantastic. There aren’t many blogs dedicated to highlighting initiatives and projects providing accessibility to visitors with disabilities in museums. About the content, I haven’t seen a blog post focusing on the use of technology, such as mobile phones, audio tours, audio descriptions, or assistive technology and software (ICTs) that can aid the experience of persons with disabilities (PWD) in museums. Also, we also fail to include senior citizens and their specific / unique requirements when they visit museums – which are sometimes similar and often times different to how PWD experience cultural spaces, both from an accessibility point of view and from a perspective / knowledge angle.
On a separate note, we know that children with disabilities quickly adapt to technologies such as Smartphones and tablets, whether in schools or at home, to communicate better and participate in activities that require coordination and engagement with other pupils. How would such gadgets help their social experience, in this instance, visiting museums and exploring artifacts?
From an Indian perspective, the most inclusive step that our National Museum has undertaken is to have Braille signage for visitors who are blind or visually impaired. Audio tours are not accessible to those who are blind and deaf. So, incorporating basic accessibility features to suit the country (population, socio-economic background, facility with technology) also needs to be looked into. Any posts on country-specific accessibility initiatives would be most timely.
Thanks and hope we can collaborate on posts in the future!