Today, in Catalonia, we have outstanding performances from some of the most emblematic monuments and museums, but several issues emerge from the museums’ own practise and visually impaired users’ experience: Is it a fad? Are the principles and rules of a general access policy particularly accessible to them? Are they sufficiently widespread? And finally, are they effective and meaningful? The study we present is therefore a review of the state of the art from a theoretic perspective based, on the one hand, on mainly Anglo-Saxon literature, and on the other on empirical data provided by questionnaires and user interviews and our own observations.
To respond to the questions which are formulated:
First we reviewed the featured literature on the subject; Second, we explained the background and historical evolution, as well as the legislative framework and the number of people recognized as legally visually impaired in Catalonia; Third, we collected and classified heritage settings; Fourth, we collected and classified visually impaired users opinions through interviews and questionnaires; Lastly, we empirically analysed the above data to deliver results and accomplish a major objective of the research: developing a protocol of action to target museums and heritage sites in the task of making available the contents of the collections they put on show. This document, structured according to the four substitute senses of sight, is a compilation and synthesis of proposals and information gathered from various sources and tools used. We think it would be interesting to consider it as a practical approach to design projects that take into account the users opinions.
|Keywords:||Blindness, Visual Impairment, Intellectual Access, Museums, Heritage Sites, Catalonia|
Head of Department in Secondary Education., Department of Education, Generalitat of Catalonia, Department of Education, Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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