Interdisciplinary Ideas to Engage Blind/Low Vision Guests

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
131 America's Center
Description
This session will feature interdisciplinary approaches to improving experiences for guests who are blind or have low vision, one of the fastest-growing disability groups. Often, as professionals, we tend to draw from the experiences or approaches of museums similar to our own to improve our accessibility offerings. In this session, we'll look instead at ways museums have uniquely applied various accessibility approaches from other disciplines to their own specific settings to create better offerings for visitors who are blind and have low vision.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Learner Outcome
  1. Learn about a range of interdisciplinary offerings from varied organizations and perspectives to improve experiences for this audience.
  2. Hear creative approaches for looking outside your museum type for inspiration to better engage guests with disabilities.
  3. Engage in discussion with professionals of diverse perspectives and backgrounds about how to better engage guests with disabilities.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Ann Leist
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Special Projects Lead
Organization: 
Art Beyond Sight
Bio
Annie Leist is an artist based in New York, NY. Her paintings, inspired by her limited visual perception of light and life in urban spaces, can be seen in numerous collections, as well as on her website www.annieleist.com. In addition, Ms. Leist works in accessibility of art, museums, and tech, particularly for blind and low vision audiences. She serves as Special Projects Lead at Art Beyond Sight. Find her on Twitter at @artaccessannie.
Presenter: 
Ashleigh Braggs
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Exhibit Developer
Organization: 
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Bio
Ashleigh Braggs is an exhibit developer at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Over the last seven years, she has sold tickets, conducted exit surveys, narrated aquatic shows and taught both adults and children to waddle. These days she focuses her time on thematic planning for exhibits, label writing and access programming. Ashleigh developed Shedd Aquarium's tactile tour and audio description program.
Presenter: 
Charlotte Martin
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Museum Educator for Access Programs
Organization: 
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Bio
Charlotte Martin is Museum Educator for Access Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. She develops programs and resources for people with disabilities and trains staff. She is piloting a maker camp for kids with developmental disabilities and programs for veterans. Charlotte serves on the board of the NYC Museum Educators Roundtable. She has an MAT in Museum Education from George Washington University and a BA in Art History from Yale.
Presenter: 
Kris Nesbitt
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Senior Director, Exhibits/Experience Development
Organization: 
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Bio
Kris Nesbitt directs Shedd's exhibit and experience development. She initiated and spearheads Shedd's multiyear, facility-wide accessibility and inclusion initiative. She serves on the steering committee for the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium, a group which offers workshops and resources to empower cultural organizations to improve their offerings to people with disabilities. She has an M.A. in Folklore.
Presenter: 
Leigh Ann Mesiti
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Research and Evaluation Coordinator
Organization: 
Museum of Science
Bio
Leigh Ann Mesiti serves as the Research and Evaluation Coordinator at the Museum of Science, Boston (MOS), where she's worked for the past six years. During that time, she's conducted research and evaluation for a range of MOS exhibitions and programming, as well as multi-institutional studies for a national network. Her role on these projects involves a commitment to improving the accessibility of public spaces and programming for all visitors, including people with disabilities.