Incorporating Disability In Diversity: An Exploration Of International Museums’ Approach To Inclusion

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2021

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Patterson, Meaghan
Fletcher, Tina

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Museums are living institutions, preserving the cultural history and serving as a hub for cultural transmission in communities of all sizes. People with atypical physical and neurological conditions are present in every community and culture. The aim of this research is to explore the international attitudes of museum staff and volunteers towards creating a welcoming and accessible space for people with physical and mental disabilities. A questionnaire is being disseminated to current and former museum staff and volunteers to assess the presence of accessible features and programs, and to explore the individual’s perception of the motivation for providing such services. It also addresses the perceived diversity climate of the organization. Data will be analyzed for trends by museum type and location. Creating a dialogue on cultural attitudes towards inclusion and diversity can uncover effective approaches and practices from other cultures and bring international attention to the needs of people with disabilities.

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Creative Arts and Research Symposium
Creative Arts and Research Symposium

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