Research Reports on Accessibility in the Arts

Technology Solutions to Enhance Accessibility and Engagement in Museums for the Visually Impaired BY ELIZABETH LONG

Most museums attempt to achieve full accessibility for all members of their community, however few adults with disabilities in the United States engage with the arts with only 23.3% attending a live performing arts event and 25% attending a visual arts event in 2012 (NEA. “A Matter of Choice? Arts Participation Patterns of Americans with Disabilities.” ) Fortunately, technological innovations are increasing opportunities for visually impaired patrons to engage with the arts. This paper explores experience enhancement and the development and implementation of new programs and resources to increase accessibility for low-vision and blind individuals to provide an overview of what is possible for museums and other visually-oriented art forms.