Access for All: Promoting Accessibility and Inclusion

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
225 America's Center
Description
Creating museums without barriers to learning so everyone may experience exhibitions, collections, and programs has become a priority within the field. Where should you start? Hear about the processes, results, and lessons learned from three IMLS grant-funded projects. All have experimented with different methods and pushed boundaries to create more inclusive environments and programs serving all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds.
Learner Outcome
  1. Think about how to better engage all visitors, particularly those with physical and cognitive challenges, and inspire action.
  2. Learn practical methods on how to enhance programming and exhibitions to reach those with physical and cognitive challenges.
  3. Learn new research and techniques related to accessibility and inclusion.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Jill Rullkoetter
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Former Senior Deputy Director, Frye Art Museum
Bio
Jill Rullkoetter is Senior Deputy Director at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA. She joined the Frye staff in 2005, following 24 years as Dir of Education and Public Programs at the Seattle Art Museum.She is past-president of the WMA, and has served on several boards including the AAM, Seattle Architecture Foundation, and Youth in Focus. She holds an MA in art history from the Univ of Washington and a BA in art history from the Univ of Missouri.
Presenter: 
Kristen Scopinich
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Education
Bio
As Mass Audubon's Director of Education, Kris works with educators, directors, and scientists at Mass Audubon nature centers across the state to develop and coordinate programs for a variety of audiences-children, families, K-12 schools, adults, and community-based organizations. Her work is focused on developing inclusive learning environments that encourage people of all ages to explore their connection to the natural world as well as the role they can play in its conservation.
Presenter: 
Sandra Narva
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Senior Program Officer
Organization: 
Institute of Museum & Library Services
Bio
Sandra Narva is a Senior Program Officer in the Office of Museum Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, DC, where she coordinates Museums for America and National Leadership program grants, and directs the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grant program. Prior to joining IMLS in 2005, she was the Director of Scheduling and Exhibitor Relations at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). She has held positions at the Smithsonian's Office of Product Development and Licensing and the National Museum of American History, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sandra earned a BA in History from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, and an MA in American Studies from the George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Presenter: 
Susan Stoessel
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Senior Education Associate
Organization: 
Museum of Science
Bio
Sue Stoessel has been an Education Associate in the Programs Division at the Museum of Science for 25+ years. She has done it all...teaching on the Museum's stages, in its classrooms and labs, for example. Currently, she is coordinating the Programs Division efforts to make Museum programming accessible to all. Sue has a BS in Biology from UMass, Boston and an MSc in Science Communication from the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.