The Inclusive Art Museum: Determining Disability Access

By Rebecca McMillen.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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This case study investigates disability access at a Midwestern contemporary art museum (MWCAM) in the United States using a nine-step strategy of accessibility for museum visitors published by the American Association of Museums (AAM). The AAM’s guidelines in Everyone’s Welcome: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Museums were designed to assist museums in becoming accessible to all individuals, including people with disabilities. The results of this study reveal that Salmen’s nine-step strategy to accessibility provides sound strategies for museums to implement in order to achieve accessibility in manageable steps. The MWCAM diligently is working toward disability access and has made significant strides to improve disability access through its outreach program for audiences with disabilities. If art museums will utilize Salmen’s nine-steps to disability, not only will museums become more accessible, they also will be better equipped to provide richer learning experiences for all people, not just people with disabilities.

Keywords: Disability Access, Art Museums, Social Inclusion, Americans with Disabilities Act, American Association of Museums

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.101-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 754.854KB).

Rebecca McMillen

Art Program Director, School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California, USA

Rebecca McMillen is the Art Program Director at Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California. She is currently completing her PhD through the University of New England, in New South Wales, Australia. Her current research focus is disability access in art museums.

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