Here you will find a collection of resources, documents, tools, and other professional development materials organized by topic. If you have documents or links that you would like to include, please send them to email@example.com.
Resources from MACA Programs
Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (October 2018): UDL Graphic Organizer
Opportunity to Observe: Community Connect Dementia Program (April 2018): Communication and Alzheimer’s
“Assistive Technology Tools for Learning Differences, ADHD, and Executive Function Challenges.” Technology to Unlock Potential.
Bienvenu, Beth. “Museums and ADA@25: Progress and Looking Ahead.” Museum, September/October 2015, pp. 29-34.
Braden, Caroline. “Welcoming All Visitors: Museums, Accessibility, and Visitors with Disabilities.” Working Paper in Museum Studies (12), Museum Studies Program, University of Michigan, 2016.
“Expanding Your Market: Maintaining Accessibility in Museums.” U.S. Department of Justice, 2009.
“Home Mobility Needs for the Elderly.” Nationwide Lifts.
Levinsky-Raskin, Sheri and Greg Stevens. “‘Nothing About Us Without Us’: Reflections on Inclusive Practices at Cultural Institutions.” Museum, January/February 2016, pp. 18-24.
Library Accessibility Toolkits. Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA).
“Museums on Call: How Museums are Addressing Health Issues.” American Alliance of Museums, 2013.
Resources on sleep for people with disabilities and their caregivers from Tuck: “Sleep Products for People with Disabilities - 2019 Buyer’s Guide,” “Why caregivers should focus on better sleep.”
Skulski, Jennifer K., Ray Bloomer, and Jeffrey Chait. “A Survey of Ticket and Accommodation Policies for Performance Venues, Theaters and Sports Arenas.” National Center on Accessibility, August 2002.
Stemler, Barbara Johnson, Annie Leist, and Sheri Levinsky-Raskin. “Visitor Voices: A Story of Accessibility and Inclusion.” Museum, September/October 2015, pp. 36-42.
ADA Title III Regulations (Places of Public Accommodation and Commercial Facilities)
ADA Fact Sheets from the ADA National Network
Fact Sheet - ADA Requirements: Effective Communication
Fact Sheet - ADA Requirements: Service Animals
Fact Sheet - ADA Requirements: Ticket Sales
“Guide to the ADA Standards.” United States Access Board
“Hospitality & Disability: An ADA National Network Initiative.” ADA National Network
Salmen, John. Everyone’s Welcome: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Museums. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Museums, 1998.
“Disability Awareness Training.” Art Beyond Sight.
“Working Document of Best Practices: Tips for Making All Visitors Feel Welcome.” Museum Arts Culture Access Consortium.
Exhibitions / Universal Design
Bader, Miriam. “Historic Sites and Universal Design: Lessons from the Tenement Museum.” Exhibitionist, 34(2), 2015, pp. 28-33.
“Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook.” National Endowment for the Arts.
Drabble, Jenny. “Old Salem’s ambitious plan goes beyond wheelchair ramps to put history in every hand.” Winston-Salem Journal, June 15, 2018.
Hartley, Michele. “Shifting the conversation: Improving Access with Universal Design.” Exhibitionist, 34(2), 2015, pp. 42-48.
Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1996.
Blind / Low Vision
“Courtesy Rules of Blindness.” National Federation of the Blind.
“Learning Tool: Touch Tours and Other Tactile Experiences.” Art Beyond Sight.
Levent, Nina and Christine Reich. “How Can My Museum Help Visitors with Vision Loss?” Museum, July/August 2012, pp. 21-22.
Taggart, Jen. “Literacy for Youth with Low Vision.” Adaptive Umbrella: Accessible and inclusive library programming, collections, & services, September 12, 2017.
Deaf / Hard of Hearing
Autism Spectrum Disorder
“Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet.” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
“Examples of Social Narratives for Visitors.” Museum Arts Culture Access Consortium.
“Facts about ASD.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Guidelines for Autism-Friendly Programs.” Museum Arts Culture Access Consortium.
“Learning Module: Creating a Social Narrative for Visitors with Autism.” Museum Arts Culture Access Consortium.
“Learning Module: Creating Visual Schedules and Checklists.” Museum Arts Culture Access Consortium.
Project PALS (providing library services to people with autism)
Shrikant, Aditi. “How Museums are Becoming More Sensory-Friendly for those with Autism.” Smithsonian, January 5, 2018.
Stevens, Greg, Rebecca Sinel, Charlotte Martin, and Ashley Terrell-Rea. “Rise and Shine: Early Morning Programs for People with Autism.” Museum, September/October 2016, pp. 39-44.
Burns, Norman. “The Memory Café: Creating a museum program for people with dementia,” 2019.
Jackson, Sharyn. “As America ages, museums are adapting to audiences with memory loss.” Star Tribune, January 4, 2016.
Diversifying the Workforce
Esfahani Smith, Emily. “Smithsonian is trying to help people with disabilities get jobs - one intern at a time.” The Washington Post, June 13, 2019.
Gregory, Meredith, “Neurodiversifying the Museum.” Center for the Future of Museums Blog, January 10, 2017.
Miller-Merrell, Jessica and Josh Christianson, “7 Ways to Make Your Hiring Process More Inclusive and Accessible.” Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), April 13, 2018.
“Supporting Transitions: Cultural Connections for Adults with Autism.” Museum Arts Culture Access Consortium.
“Tips for Mentoring a Student Intern Who Has a Disability.” Employer Assistance and Resource Network.
“Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview.” World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
“A Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People with Disabilities.” ADA National Network, 2015.
“Accessible Temporary Events (Two Perspectives from the Field).” Great Plains ADA Center, 2017.
“Guide to Accessible Festivals and Outdoor Events.” Accessible Ontario, 2016.
Smith, Nicole. “The A in DEAI: Seven tips for greater accessibility at events.” American Alliance of Museums, September 17, 2018.