Museums are for Everyone: Making Accessibility a Priority

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
222 America's Center
Description
Accessibility is increasingly becoming a priority at cultural institutions. Museums are responding by incorporating accessibility into planning and operations and creating accessibility-focused positions. In this session, presenters will share stories and tips on building an accessibility initiative from the ground up, gaining staff buy-in, and responding to the growth and needs of audiences with disabilities through staff training and programming. Participants will gain ideas to apply to institutions of all sizes and types and have opportunities to share experiences.
Learner Outcome
  1. Champion the importance of accessibility regardless of your position or the priority currently given to accessibility at your institution.
  2. Foster initiatives and gain staff buy-in to accessibility in ways that help to grow and welcome new audiences.
  3. Apply strategies, knowledge, and experiences from the broader field of accessibility to your own situation and institution.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Caroline Braden
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Accessibility Coordinator
Organization: 
The Henry Ford
Bio
Caroline Braden is the Guest Accessibility/Special Needs Assistant at The Henry Ford. She received the Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Award for Emerging Leaders in 2016. Caroline has presented on accessibility at conferences locally and nationally, including AAM's Emerging Innovators Forum. She holds a BA in Anthropology, a MA in Educational Studies and a Museum Studies certificate from the University of Michigan.
Presenter: 
Emmanuel von Schack
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Coordinator of Access Programs
Organization: 
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Bio
Emmanuel von Schack is the Coordinator of Access Programs at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York. As a deaf ASL user who is passionate about museum access, Emmanuel also works as a consultant or educator at different museums in New York and has presented at conferences nationally and internationally. He holds a BA in History and European Studies from New York University and a MA in Art History from Hunter College, CUNY.
Presenter: 
Maren Levad
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Program Specialist, Museum Out
Organization: 
Minnesota Historical Society
Bio
Maren Levad is the Museum Access Specialist at the Minnesota Historical Society where she focuses on creating programs that increase accessibility for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Her primary focus for the past three years has been on programming for people living with memory loss and their care partners. She holds a BFA from New York University and a Master's Degree in Museum Education from The George Washington University.
Presenter: 
Meredith Gregory
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Special Education and Access Coordinator
Organization: 
New York Transit Museum
Bio
Meredith Gregory is the Special Education and Access Coordinator at the New York Transit Museum and has a Master's Degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art Education with a focus on Museum access. She has worked in education at the Chicago Children's Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Previously, she was a special education teacher working exclusively with students on the autism spectrum.