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Presented in collaboration with the Education Committee (EdCom) and Diversity Committee (DivCom), Professional Networks of the American Alliance of Museums.

Supported by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums and the Museum Access Consortium, New York (MAC). 

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Any views, finding, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of IMLS. 

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3-Part Webcast Series

Stories of Inclusion: Inclusive Practices at Cultural Institutions 

October 7, 14 and 28, 2015
2–3:30 p.m. (ET)

Part of the AAM Accessibility and Inclusion Suite

Today, people with disabilities represent the largest minority group in our country, comprising upwards of 56 million Americans. Disability can affect anyone’s life at any given moment in a myriad of ways. In this three-part webcast series, advocates and experts explore issues of accessibility and inclusion from the perspective of visitors, staff and facility or program users in museums, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions. Presenters and special guests in each webcast highlight case studies and examples of inclusive practice, addressing and responding to the first-hand stories of visitors with disabilities.

How Will I Benefit?

After participating in these programs, attendees will be better able to:

  • Identify and address physical, intellectual or attitudinal barriers to access and inclusion in their institutions
  • Work collaboratively across their institutions to ensure programs, exhibitions, services and facilities are accessible and inclusive
  • Advocate for accessible and inclusive practices in their institutions, their communities and across the field(s)

Who Should Attend

Archives, library and museum staff and volunteers at all levels, disability advocates, directors and administrators, human resources professionals, development staff, public relations and marketing staff, facilities managers.

Series Moderators

  • Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, assistant vice president, education & evaluation, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York, NY (EdCom Chair Elect, Professional Development; MAC Steering Committee)
  • Greg Stevens, assistant director, professional development, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, DC

October 7: ADA@25 and Universal Design at Cultural Institutions

In this webcast, accessibility experts and advocates discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the principles of Universal Design in the context of larger social movements and the spectrum of regulations and recommendations that impact museums, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions.

Presenters

  • Valerie Fletcher, executive director, Institute for Human Centered Design, Boston
  • Betty Siegel, director of VSA and Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
  • Beth Ziebarth, director, Smithsonian Institution Accessibility Program, Washington, DC

Case Studies

  • Rebecca Bradley, manager of access programs, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • Rebecca McGinnis, senior museum educator, access & community programs, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Katya Pereyaslavska, librarian, accessibility initiatives, and visiting program officer, Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC; ScholarsPortal, Ontario Council of University Libraries, Toronto
  • Christine Reich, director of exhibit development and conservation, Museum of Science, Boston

Special Guests

  • Francesca Rosenberg, director of community and access, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Edward Van Gemert, vice provost for libraries, University of Wisconsin, Madison (and ARL Accessibility and Universal Design Working Group)

October 14:  Responding to Visitors who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind or with Low Vision

In this webcast, accessibility experts and advocates explore the issues, challenges and successes of addressing the needs and expectations of visitors and other facility or program users who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind or with low vision.

Presenters

  • Betty Siegel, director of VSA and Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
  • Eileen Bagnall, executive director, VSA Arizona
  • Kris Johnson, program coordinator, Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis; founder and coordinator, Access Indy, Cultural Heritage Resource Center, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Hannah Goodwin, accessibility manager, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Case Studies

  • Christine Murray, senior content designer, Antenna International, San Francisco
  • Cecile Puretz, access and community engagement manager, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (co-founder of Bay Area Arts Access Collective)
  • Liani Yirka, accessibility & inclusion coordinator, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC

Special Guests

  • Francesca Rosenberg, director of community and access, Museum of Modern Art, New York

October 28: Responding to Visitors with Cognitive, Developmental and Emotional Disabilities

In this webcast, accessibility experts and advocates explore the issues, challenges and successes of addressing the needs and expectations of visitors and families of visitors with cognitive, developmental and emotional disabilities.

Presenters

  • Beth Ziebarth, director, Smithsonian Institution Accessibility Program, Washington, DC
  • Cindy VandenBosch, former chair, Museum Access Consortium, New York

Case Studies

  • Barbara Johnson Stemler, manager of access programs, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York, NY (Intrepid videos and from session at AM)
  • Mitra Dejkameh, manager, ArtAccess and Autism Initiatives, Queens Museum, Queens, NY

Special Guests

  • Kat Burkhart, executive director & curator, Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County, Crawfordsville, IN
  • Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, curator of exhibitions at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts, New York, NY
  • Elizabeth Merritt, vice president, strategic foresight & founding director, Center for the Future of Museums, American Alliance of Museums, Arlington, VA
  • Beth Redmond-Jones, senior director of public programs, San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Francesca Rosenberg, director of community and access, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Registration*

Registration includes access to one live webinar, presentation materials and access to the webinar recording. Each program is Closed Captioned.

  • Free: Staff of Tier 3 Museum Members
  • $25: Staff of Tier 2 Museum Members, Individual, Ally, Industry Partner Members and staff of MAC and Coalition member institutions (MAC/Coalition members: please contact registration for codes)
  • $50: Staff of AAM Tier 1 Museum Members and Non-members

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All Alliance live webinars feature text chat, audience interactivity, Closed-Captioning, and access to presentation handouts and other resources. All Alliance webinars are recorded and archived for later access.

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October 7: ADA@25 and Universal Design at Cultural Institutions

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Local “Webinar Watch and Talk” Events

The following institutions will be hosting webinar “watch and talk” events for one or more of the webinars in this accessibility series. If you are in or near one of these locations, we invite you to join colleagues for a no-cost learning and networking opportunity. Most events consist of:

  • 30 minutes of pre-webcast networking
  • 90-minute live webcast
  • 60 minutes of post-webcast facilitated discussion or activity.

Please note some event times may vary. See details below for times, locations and RSVP information. Please note: there is no fee for attending a local event, but space at some locations is limited and RSVP is required. Attendees at local events will not have access to the program recording(s) post-event. Parking fees and transportation are not included in local events. AAM is not responsible for onsite accessibility, webinar access, technology support and facilitated discussion.

RSVP for any event here.

October 7, 14 and 28 (all three dates)

Arizona
Casa Grande
The Museum of Casa Grande
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Heritage Hall on museum groundsLight refreshments will be served; brown bag lunch suggested; tours of museum available after the event.
Host contact for more information: Janice Klein
RSVP

Tucson
University of Arizona Libraries 
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Main Library Room A315
Participants can bring their own food and drinks.
Host contact for more information: Charley Dejolie
RSVP

California
Sacramento
California State Library 
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
October 7: Room 501
October 14: Room 340
October 28: Room 501
Attendees will be greeted in the CSL rotunda by a staff member and escorted to third and fifth floor meeting rooms.
Host contact for more information: Mike Marlin
RSVP

San Diego
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
October 7 and 14: Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Panama Reading Room
October 28: San Diego Museum of Man
Gill Auditorium
Please bring a brown bag lunch; snacks will be provided.
Host contact for more information: Jason Porter
RSVP

Colorado
Boulder
University Libraries, University of Colorado at Boulder 
11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Room N410
Bring a brown bag lunch.
Host contact for more information: Leslie Reynolds
RSVP

Denver
History Colorado
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The History Colorado Center
Please bring a brown bag lunch.
Host contact for more information: April Legg
RSVP

Washington, DC

Smithsonian Institution
1:30-4:30 p.m.
October 7 and 28: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Briefing Room, Lower level
Attendees who do not have Smithsonian ID badges will be escorted to the Briefing Room. Meet at the escalator to the Lower Level.
Host contact for more information: Beth Ziebarth
RSVP
October 14:
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall, Sublevel 2
Light refreshments will be served.
Host contact for more information: Alli Hartley
RSVP

Newseum 
1:30-4:30 p.m.
4th Floor Conference Room
Attendees must check in at C Street/Group Entrance. Group size is limited to 25.  Participants should feel free to bring food/drink with them.
Host contact for more information: Donna Baker
RSVP

Florida
Orlando
Orange County Library System
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Alberson Room, 3rd Floor
Host contact for more information: Colleen Hooks
RSVP

Illinois
Urbana
University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Room TBD
Host contact for more information: JJ Pionke  
RSVP

Indiana
Indianapolis
October 7, 14 and 28: Indiana State Library 
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Room 425
Attendees must check in at first floor circulation desk.
Host contact for more information: Kimberly Brown-Harden
RSVP

October 7 and 14: Indianapolis Public Library, Central Library 
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Knall Meeting Room
Host contact for more information: Elee Wood
RSVP

October 28:
Indiana Historical Society
Host contact for more information: Elee Wood
RSVP

Kansas
Lawrence
University of Kansas Museum Studies Program
12:30-3:30 p.m.
KU Union, Divine Nine Room (10/7 & 10/28); Alcove F (10/14)
Parking available at garage next door for fee.
Host contact for more information: Brandy Ernzen
RSVP

Maryland

Annapolis
Maryland State Archives 
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Maryland State Archives Electronic Classroom
Co-Hosting/Partnering with Historic Annapolis and Four Rivers Heritage Area.
Host contact for more information: Emily Oland Squires
RSVP

Massachussetts
Boston
Museum of Science, Boston 
1:30 -4:30 p.m.
Please check in at the information desk upon arrival.
Host contact for more information: Amanda Lewis
RSVP

Northampton
Museums10 with Smith College Museum of Art
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Mellon Classroom, First Floor
Please check in at the front desk for this program. Contact host for accessible parking and building access information.
Host contact for more information: Gina Hall
RSVP

Michigan
Ann Arbor
University of Michigan Library 
1:30-4:00 p.m.
October 7: Michigan League: Room D
October 14 and 28: Kuenzel Room
Host contact for more information: Stephanie Rosen
RSVP

East Lansing
Michigan State University Libraries
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Reference Instruction Room (1st floor by Reference Desk). Attendance capacity is 35.
Host contact for more information: Heidi Schroeder 
RSVP

Minnesota
Minneapolis
University of Minnesota Libraries
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Host contact for more information: Phil Dudas
RSVP

St. Paul
Minnesota Historical Society 
12:30-3:30 p.m.
Exhibits Conference Room
Host contact for more information: Maren Levad 
RSVP

Missouri

Kansas City
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 
12:30-3:30 p.m.
October 7: Ford Learning Center Classroom 5
October 14 and 28: Training Room
Please bring your lunch or snacks
Host contact for more information: Christine Boutros
RSVP

Saint Louis
Saint Louis Art Museum
12:30-3:30 p.m.
Education Center
Host contact for more information: Narni Cahill
RSVP

New Jersey
New Brunswick
Rutgers University Libraries, Alexander Library
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Room assignment posted in lobby. Space is limited, please contact host for details.
Host contact for more information: Joseph Abraham
RSVP

New Mexico
Las Cruces
Las Cruces Museum System
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Branigan Cultural Center classroom
The Branigan will be reopening with new exhibits after renovation. A brief tour of the exhibits "Dia de los Muertos in the Borderlands" and "Coyote Tales" will be offered after the webinars.
Host contact for more information: Elizabeth Stone
RSVP

New York
New York City (in collaboration with the Museum Access Consortium)
October 7: Whitney Museum of American Art
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Hearst Artspace, Floor Three
Room capacity is 45. Attendees may bypass the admissions line and check-in in the museum lobby. Attendees may visit the galleries following the event. Light refreshments will be served. To request access accommodations for this event, please contact AccessFeedback@whitney.org or call (212) 570-7789 (relay calls welcome).
Host contact for more information: Danielle Linzer
RSVP

October 14: Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Michael Tyler Fisher Center for Education
Attendees will check in at the Welcome Center. Light refreshments will be served. Please email Host contact to request any access accommodations, such as ASL interpretation or CART.
Host contact for more information: Barbara Johnson Stemler
RSVP

October 28: Lower East Side Tenement Museum
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Attendees should come to the Visitors Center located at 103 Orchard Street and let a member of the shop staff know that they are there for the AAM webinar. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about accessibility at the site or would like to request an accommodation please contact Host below by email or by calling 212-431-0233 x273.
Host contact for more information: Ellysheva Zeira
RSVP

October 28:
Museum of Modern Art
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Time Warner Theater
Registration capacity of 50 people. Upon arrival, guests should check in at the lobby of 4 West 54th St..
Host contact for more information: Lara Schweller
RSVP

Syracuse
Syracuse University Libraries 
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. (4:00 on October 28)
E.S. Bird Library Room 114
Host contact for more information: Lisa Moeckel
RSVP

North Carolina
Raleigh
October 7 and 14: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  
Explore on 4 - Nature Exploration Center
RSVP

October 28: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources 
Room 308
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Host contact for more information: Katherine Smith
RSVP

Ohio
Columbus
Ohio State University Libraries 
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
October 7 and 14: Room THO 150A/B
October 28: Room BICLM 205
Host contact for more information: Brian Leaf
RSVP

Toledo
Toledo Museum of Art
1:50 -4:30 p.m.
Host contact for more information: Lynn Miller
RSVP

Youngstown 
Butler Institute of American Art
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Zona Auditorium
Host contact for more information: Rebecca Davis
RSVP

Oklahoma

Norman
Sam Noble Museum
12:30-3:30 p.m.
Education classroom
Light refreshments will be served.
Host contact for more information: Elsbeth Dowd
RSVP

Panama

Panama City
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Earl S. Tupper Research and Conference Center
1:00-3:30 p.m.
Host contact for more information: Max Metz
RSVP

South Carolina
Columbia
McKissick Museum 
1:30-4:40 p.m.
Room 306
Host contact for more information: Ja-Nae Epps
RSVP

Texas
College Station
Texas A&M University Libraries 
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Evans 204E
Host contact for more information: Jennifer Bayer
RSVP

Critz
Reynolds Homestead
1:30-4:40 p.m.
Community Enrichment Center - Main Hall
Light refreshments will be served.
Host contact for more information: Lisa Martin
RSVP

Virginia
Harrisonburg
James Madison University
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Carrier Library, Room 16A
Host contact for more information: Kelly Giles
RSVP

Richmond
Virginia Commonwealth University
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Host contact for more information: Emily Owens
RSVP

Washington
Ellensburg
Gallery One
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ceramics Room
Light refreshments, tours available.
Host contact for more information: Monica Miller
RSVP

October 7 Only

Minnesota
Minneapolis
Minneapolis Institute of Art 
12:30-3:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Host contact for more information: Brooke DeWaard
RSVP

Utah
Orem
Utah Valley University Library
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Oquirrh Mountain South hosting room (Classroom Building 511)
Light refreshments will be served.
Host contact for more information: Lesli Baker
RSVP

Salt Lake City
University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library 
11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Gould Auditorium located on Level 1, near the west entrance. Staff at our Information Desks on Level 1 and Level 3 can direct guests to the room.
Host contact for more information: Twanna Hodge
RSVP

October 14 only

California
Simi Valley
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Board Room
Please check in at visitor desk. Attendees can tour museum. Limited to 16 attendees
Host contact for more information: Anthony Pennay
RSVP

October 28 only

Florida
Gainesville
University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries 
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Library West, Nygren Studio Room 212
Light refreshments will be served.
Host contact for more information: Stacey Ewing 
RSVP

Ontario, Canada
St. Catharines
St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Burgoyne Room
Host contact for more information: Meredith Leonard
RSVP

Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
1:30-4:30 p.m.
CMOA Theater
Host contact for more information: Cecile Shellman
RSVP

Utah
Provo
Brigham Young University 
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
3224 Wilkinson Center (WSC)
Lunch will be served.
Host contact for more information: Jennifer Paustenbaugh
RSVP

Virginia
Richmond
Virginia Association of Museums with Virginia Historical Society 
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Host contact for more information: Jennifer Thomas
RSVP

Wyoming

Cody
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Education classrooms
Host contact for more information: Megan Smith  
RSVP

October 7 and 14 only

Washington
Seattle
OCLC
11 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Room 201
Host contact for more information: Betha Gutsche
RSVP

October 14 and 28 only

Arkansas
Bentonville
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Studio Durand
Host contact for more information: Amanda Driver 
RSVP

Ohio
Cleveland
Cleveland Museum of Art 
1:30-4:15 p.m.
Classroom I
Host contact for more information: Seema Rao 
RSVP

Virginia

Williamsburg
Jamestown Yorktown Foundation 
1:30-4:30 p.m.
October 14: Jamestown Settlement Education Wing-Classrooms A/B
October 28: Yorktown Victory Center Classroom E
Attendees must check in with Visitor Services in the ticketing lobby. With your AAM card, you and a guest are welcome to complimentary admission to either museum at Jamestown Settlement or our newly built Yorktown Victory Center.
Host contact for more information: Heather Stilwell
RSVP

Washington

Seattle
North Seattle College Library
10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Seminar Room - Main floor, NSC Library
Light refreshments will be served. Please sign in when you arrive. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNSCLibrary
Host contact for more information: Zola Mumford
RSVP

Wisconsin
Milwaukee
Milwaukee Public Museum 
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Concourse Level
Attendees must check in at ticket windows.
Host contact for more information: Dawn Koceja
RSVP

About the AAM Accessibility and Inclusion Suite

Beginning in 2015, the American Alliance of Museums, in collaboration with a range of accessibility experts and partner organizations, will produce an AAM Accessibility and Inclusion Suite consisting of programs and resources that highlight the diversity of our audiences and offer practical guidance to help museums and other cultural organizations remove physical, intellectual or attitudinal barriers. Programs and resources include live and recorded webinars, local webinar “watch and talk” events, workshops, conference sessions, online resources, articles and white papers, and informational videos. The Accessibility and Inclusion Suite coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and aims to spark a national dialogue and promote best practices as stated in the AAM Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement


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