Opening more doors for the disabled visitor

Sapey, Trevor (2007) Opening more doors for the disabled visitor. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this research was to compare the needs of the disabled visitor with the general purpose of museums and thereby identify good practices to benefit both. This was achieved by ascertaining whether museums can go beyond basic accessibility as imposed by the DDA, whether the disabled visitor can feel included within the museum and whether museums can identify the special needs of the disabled visitor with those of its other visitors. Interviews with disabled people and questionnaires to museum front of house staff, areas not addressed by the MLA survey, were used to research this. Community engagement in particular was found to be rewarding for the disabled person and the museum. This has addressed access and museum design through professional and often free consultancy. By also introducing disability awareness training for all museum staff, including senior management, a museum can remove all barriers to ‘access’ and become one that is socially inclusive, truly visitor focused and whilst doing so, be financially supported.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 14:51
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:17
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1075

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