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Teen Project Leader Reflects on the “Dementia Project”

New York Paige Walker, a junior docent at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY, writes about what she learned as the teen leader of Join Me, the “dementia project” created in 2013 through funding from Generations United. Working on the “dementia project” was a memorable, heart-warming experience from start to finish. From the training […]

Touch Tour a Sensory Hit With Students from Governor Morehead School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Raleigh, NC  Alice Zincone collaborated with Diana Phillips to offer a Touch Tour for students from the Governor Morehead School for the Blind & Visually Impaired. The tour occurred at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Zincone, a teacher at the school, coordinated students while Phillips, now retired, trained docents and organized logistics. Students experienced the […]

Students Learn Independent Living Skills with Art

Lisa Mirabile, ABS Lab for Learning Art Instructor, discusses teaching independent living skills to students at the Lighthouse Guild. I have been working as an Art Instructor for Art Beyond Sight for nearly a year.  I hold a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development.  Through ABS’s Lab for Learning I have been able […]

ABS Holds Professional Development Event at the Morgan Library

New York, NY 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 […]

Advocate Addresses Misconceptions about People with Hearing Loss

Janice Schacter Lintz has dedicated her life to raising awareness about hearing loss and accommodations that help facilitate inclusive experiences for this population. In 2002, she founded Hearing Access Program, an organization that helps the world’s corporations, cultural and entertainment institutions, government agencies, and mass transit organizations improve their accessibility for people with hearing loss. Janice is […]

Art Beyond Sight Supporters “Come to the Table” to Celebrate Access and Inclusion

Last night, museum professionals, patrons of the arts, disability rights advocates, and celebrities from New York’s restaurant world convened at the annual Art Beyond Sight (ABS) gala. This event raised awareness of the importance of access to the arts for people with disabilities and celebrated ABS accomplishments in promoting inclusive programming throughout museums, cultural institutions, […]

Tenement Museum Celebrates Disability Awareness Month with Walking Tours in ASL

New York, NY On October 6, the Tenement Museum celebrated Disability Awareness Month by hosting its very first walking tour in American Sign Language (ASL). As a museum that is only available through guided tour, the Tenement Museum is excited to be able to continue expanding offerings for visitors who are deaf and hard of hearing. Alexandria Wailes, […]

Social Engagement is Sparked by Special Interests at the New York Transit Museum

As humans, we seek out like-minded individuals who share our interests. People with autism are no different. At the New York Transit Museum, shared interests in trains and transportation are at the heart of our Subways Sleuths program for 2nd-5th graders diagnosed with autism. Through this program students excel in an environment where they are experts. […]

Access Across the Globe: Statped-Alt in Oslo, Norway Supports Academic Achievement with Accessible Images

Oslo, Norway Statped-Alt is a national service for special needs education in Oslo, Norway. One of the services offered through Statped-Alt is the development of accessible images for middle and senior high school students who are blind or have low vision. For example, they can create accessible maps of Vikings plundering, continents shifting, volcanoes erupting, etc. […]

Picture Books Come to Life for Kids with Visual Impairments!

Great Expectations, a collaboration between National Braille Press and Bridge Multimedia, brings popular picture books to life for children with visual impairments. This program uses a multi-sensory approach, combining songs, tactile play, picture descriptions, body movement, and engaged listening to promote active reading experiences. Great Expectations also teaches parents how to describe images in a […]

Have You Picked Your Crash Course Sessions?

The ABS Telephone Crash Course is just one week away. On October 27, starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, museums and cultural institutions will convene in a live teleconference to discuss best practices for promoting inclusive experiences. Join us for the entire day or dial in during sessions that are of the greatest interest […]

Lincoln Center Enhances Access with Audio Description

New York, NY Lincoln Center recently teamed with Bridge Multimedia to offer the first-ever Live From Lincoln Center program with audio description. This momentous event featured the New York Philharmonic’s acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd. Audio description is supplementary audio content that provides an explanation of the visual information that a person with a visual impairment or learning difference […]

Birmingham Museum of Art Provides a New Way for Students to Experience Art

Birmingham, AL The Birmingham Museum of Art recently partnered with the Birmingham Alabama Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and Phillips Academy teachers to engage Phillips’ students in a special tour designed to meet the needs of people with visual impairments. This opportunity served as an empathy experience and gave students a better understanding of how people […]

Pérez Art Museum Miami Offers Guided Audio Description Gallery Tours

Miami, FL The Pérez Art Museum Miami celebrates ABS Awareness Month with free tours, October 1-31, by appointment. Guided Audio Description Gallery Tours featuring touch materials are available for groups with advance booking (similar tours are also available year-round.) Please allow two weeks notice. For more information, call Kerry Keeler at 786-345-5627 or visit […]

The Art League Houston Offers “Healing Art”

Houston, TX The Art League of Houston offers Healing Art, a program of art classes for adults living with severe illnesses including cancer, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and physical disabilities. Healing Art is the only program of its kind for adults in Houston outside of hospital or clinical settings. Students participate in two ALH sponsored events: […]

The Art Institute of Chicago offers Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery

Chicago, IL Visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago can experience how the sense of touch can enrich their appreciation of art at the Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery. The Touch Gallery was designed for visitors with low vision, but everyone can explore the gallery. Four bronze and marble sculptures of human faces from different time […]

Contemporary Jewish Museum Celebrate ABS Awareness Month

San Francisco, CA The Contemporary Jewish Museum is celebrating Awareness Month with a special Art Beyond Sight Musical Tour. Various musical guests, including local choir Awesome Orchestra and banjo player Roger H. Siminoff, perform songs highlighting the The Museum’s architecture and current exhibitions. People who have low-vision or who are blind can explore the exhibition through sensory […]

Going Blind: Coming out of the Dark About Vision Loss

Comes to Netflix Oct. 15 – Lovett to speak in Awareness Month Crash Course Oct. 27 As of October 15 – one week after World Sight Day – Netflix, the global leader in subscription internet television with over 50 million members in more than 40 countries, will begin carrying Going Blind: Coming out of the […]

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Promotes Access to the Arts through the Mashburn Marshall Tactile Gallery

Colorado Springs, Colorado The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center reminds visitors about the Mashburn Marshall Tactile Gallery as they celebrate Awareness Month. The Tactile Gallery offers visitors the opportunity to experience art, not only visually, but with their hands. The mission of the Tactile Gallery is to enrich the museum experience of each visitor to […]

Inclusive Programs at the Meadows Museum

Dallas, TX The Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas is on a mission to engage everyone in the arts.  Here are just a few examples of their inclusive programs.  Whether you’re local to the area or in town for a visit, the Meadows team would love to have you stop by for a visit! INsights & OUTlooks October […]

The Willoughby Art Gallery hosts “Animal Kingdom”

Cincinnati, Ohio In conjunction with Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month, the Willoughby Art Gallery hosts “Animal Kingdom,” an exhibit by Dana Metcalf. Metcalf is a ceramic artist who has a visual impairment and takes classes at the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He has a great love and respect for the animal […]

Cincinnati Art Museum Accessibility Programs

Cincinnati, Ohio The Cincinnati Art Museum has a vibrant and diverse offering of accessible programs. Touch Tours are offered on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Learning + Interpretation departments work closely with our registrars and conservators to select the artworks.  Most are 3-dimensional sculptures.  Touch tours are led by specially trained […]

October 1 Kicks-Off ABS Awareness Month!

By Elisabeth Axel, President & Creative Director, Art Beyond Sight

For 11 years, ABS and our partners around the world have been celebrating Awareness Month in October. This exciting time of the year gives museums and cultural institutions the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of making arts and culture accessible to people with disabilities.