ABS Holds Professional Development Event at the Morgan Library

New York, NY

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Josep Maria Llop

Art Beyond Sight is pleased to feature a special post by Josep Maria Llop, disability rights advocate and ABS partner who resides in Barcelona, Spain.  

On Wednesday, October 22 at The Morgan Library in New York, Art Beyond Sight held a day of professional development sessions that explored the advantages of new technologies and the importance of the human factor in fostering access to art and culture for people with disabilities.

Topics included: difficulties in captioning for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; the broad array of apps that are improving the quality of life for people with vision loss and other disabilities; how technology cannot succeed without training for staff at museums and other cultural institutions on how to interact with people with disabilities. 

In my brief remarks that day, I urged participants to lobby their own administrations as well as political leaders and institutions on behalf of people with disabilities so that there are equal opportunities for all.

As an European citizen, I particularly liked the fact that this event was not organized by a large institution. It’s inspiring that a small organization like Art Beyond Sight can influence a wide array of people working in museums and other cultural institutions on behalf of equal opportunities.

I believe that initiatives like the day at The Morgan Library must continue and I encourage all to explore the idea of an international think tank group around issues of access to museums for all people.