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Especially for Me: Innovative Ways Museums Can Support Visitors of All Abilities

The registration deadline for this workshop is TODAY – so run, don’t walk, and sign up!

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Especially for Me:
Innovative Ways Museums Can Support Visitors of All Abilities

Monday, March 28 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wistariahurst Museum

Holyoke, MA

Registration Deadline: March 21, 2011

Registration Fee (lunch included): $50 NEMA members / $60 non-members / $40 students
Click here to register.

With an estimated 19% of Americans classified as disabled, how can museums be responsive to this segment of the population? Join us at Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA, as we explore innovative ways to design exhibits and programs that promote inclusion and disability awareness. Topics will include collaborative programs with the special needs community and universal design.

9:30 am   Registration and Coffee

10:00 am Welcome and Introductions

10:15 am   Universal Design 101
Emily Robertson, Product Coordinator, Temporary Exhibit Operations, Museum of Science, MA & Jan Crocker, President, Jan Crocker Museum Associates, MA
Jan and Emily will present a talk on the principles of Universal Design (UD). UD provides design choices that create a better experience for visitors with disabilities, but ultimately all visitors benefit from these choices. Through discussion and hands-on activities during the talk, they will explore practical strategies for improving current programs and exhibits, the differences between ADA and Universal Design, and how to work with advisory boards on planning teams.

11:00 am   access/ABILITY
Gail Ringel, Vice President of Exhibits & Productions, Boston Children’s Museum, MA
Gail’s presentation will focus on the Boston Children’s Museum’s exhibit access/ABILITY which is a highly interactive, yet sensitive, disability awareness exhibit that delivers the message to visitors that as human beings, we are more alike than different. This unique exhibit presents people living with disabilities as participants in the world and features fun and engaging activities that show the similarities and differences in how each of us with or without disabilities go places, communicate, have fun, and learn.

11:30 am   Forever Young Treehouses
B’fer Roth, “Treehouse Guy,” Forever Young Treehouses, Designer/Builder, VT

Accessible Treehouses! Who would ever imagine those two words would be used together, but it’s true. We will see firsthand, how boundaries are so happily broken by way of experiencing the joy of being up in a Treehouse in a wheelchair.
12:00 pm   Lunch

1:00 pm   Exploring Our Way
Deb Jurkoic, Autism Family Support Specialist, Easter Seals, The Family Place, NH and Paula Rais, Visitor Services & Outreach Coordinator, The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, NH
Exploring Our Way: the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s Autism Partnership Program provides free visits to families with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The presentation will outline the ways in which CMNH provides opportunities to enjoy family time at the museum in a safe, understanding environment.

1:45 pm   Especially for Me: Expanding Access to Museum Fun for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants & Toddlers
Amy Spencer, Director of Early Childhood Education & Parent Resources, The Discovery Museums, MA, and Denise Fournier Eng, Speech Language Pathologist, Children’s Hospital of Boston at Waltham, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, MA
Amy and Denise will speak about the collaboration between their two organizations that offers families with deaf or hard of hearing infants and toddlers opportunities to explore the Children’s Discovery Museum during a special time just for them using ASL interpreters to facilitate language and play within the creative and interactive exhibits.

2:45 pm Wrap Up & Evaluations

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Upcoming NEMA Workshops

There are some really great workshops coming up this spring, and if you’re a NEMA member, they’re only $40 each. Scroll down to check out a series of workshops sponsored by the NEMA Young Emerging Professionals – $15 each, 6-8pm, and focused on interviewing and building your resume.

Exhibitions & Conservators PAGs Workshop
Best Practices in Exhibit Lighting
Friday, March 4, 2011
deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
The Exhibitions and Conservators PAGs are teaming up this year to bring you a workshop on exhibit lighting — by popular demand!
Sponsored in part by Gaylord-Your Trusted Source®
Register

Historic Sites PAG Workshop
From Docents to Smart Phones: Creating a Compelling Interpretive Experience at Historic Sites
Friday, March 25, 2011
Gore Place, Waltham, MA
The ultimate goal of any historic site is not only to engage the visitor but to make their visit so memorable that they will return, support, and promote by word of mouth. This workshop will explore how historic sites create a compelling visitor experience.
Sponsored in part by Gaylord-Your Trusted Source®
Register

Children’s Museums & Exhibitions PAGs Workshop
Especially for Me: Innovative Ways Museums Can Support Visitors of All Abilities
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA
With an estimated 19% of Americans classified as disabled, how can museums be responsive to this segment of the population? Join us at Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA, as we explore innovative ways to design exhibits and programs that promote inclusion and disability awareness.
Register

Membership, Development, PR and Marketing PAG Workshop
Best of Times, Worst of Times: Making the Most of What You Have
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Fitchburg Art Museum
This year’s workshop sessions will demonstrate strategies for getting a lot accomplished with small staffs and small budgets. Learn to effectively promote and execute fundraising events; discover ways to prosper as a development department of one; and share ways to get the best publicity possible for your institution.
Register

New This Year!!

Learn, Laugh, Live: A New Series of Mini-Workshops with Maxi-Impact
A series of mini-workshops*
Presented by the Young and Emerging Museum Professionals (YEP) PAG
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on March 23, April 20, May 11, 2011
Otis House, Historic New England, Boston, MA
Co-sponsored by Historic New England
LEARN — How to Interview “Big Wig” Speed Dating Style
LAUGH — How to Break into a Tricky Field in a Tough Economy
LOVE — How to Build Your Resume Through Internships, Articles, Conferences, and Presentations
* Each mini-workshop is $15 for NEMA Members, $25 for Non-Members. Members can register for all three mini-workshops for $40.
Register

Space is limited. Please visit www.nemanet.org and sign up today!

Registration Fee (includes lunch): $50 NEMA members / $60 non-members / $40 students

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