The Relationship Between Disabled People and Museums: A Research Based on Interviews with Visitors and Directors of Museums

By Viviane Panelli Sarraf.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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This communication, shows the results of the master research developed by the author about the relationship between disabled people and museum. The research was constructed by the voices of the visitors and the directors of museums and Brazilian museologic representatives. Meanwhile the visitors want more respect, less barriers to access, different ways of communication and best trained staff, the directors of the institutions talk about the financial and bureaucratic difficulties for offer inclusive resources.

But this visitor more than people who wants to be included in the cultural live of the society, represents a growing number of new visitors in the museums, and a way to be sustainable in the contemporary society. The objective of this study was to prove that this problem must be minimized with a cultural policy of accessibility in museums, because in Brazil don´t exist yet one politic that guarantee the rights and the desire of disabled people in the cultural access. The author of this research is Viviane Sarraf, a specialist of accessibilty in museums, and a militant student that research this problem in the Communication and Arts School in the São Paulo University.

Keywords: Inclusion, Accessibility, Disabled People, Museum, Cultural Policies

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.53-62. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 940.299KB).

Viviane Panelli Sarraf

Research, Escola de Comunicações e Artes - Comunication and Arts School, Universidade de São Paulo - São Paulo University, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Viviane Panelli Sarraf Master in Cultural Mediation and Action, Post-Graduated in Museology Graduated in Arts. Work since 1998 in projects and programs of inclusion and a acessibility in Brazilian museums and international exhibitions, like Bienal de São Paulo, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and Dorina Nowill Memory Center in the Fundação Dorina Nowill para Cegos (Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind. Present lectures, comunications, workshops, classes about Inclusion and Acessibilty in Museums in meetings and seminars (CECA - ICOM, ICOM-BR and others, universities, schools, education and social institutions and other kind of participations. Creator and coordinator of the site RINAM - Rede de Informação de Acessibilidade em Museus (Information Network about Acessibility in Museum). Win the prizes Enterprenership Artemisia 2007 and The Darcy Ribeiro Prize for the 20 best education program in Brazilian Museums for the Educational Program of Centro de Memória Dorina Nowill, given by the Culture Ministery of Brazil.

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