Hi! I was recently involved with a TV shoot and I saw something really interesting: the van with the filming equipment in it had a wheelchair lift! The reason was that that the equipment is heavy and having the lift helped the staff lift it in and out of the van. I thought it was a great example of how accessibility features help everyone. Do you have any examples of things like this? It might be good to list examples here and use them to explain why accessibility is important.
The Louvre museum in Paris, France, used to have a room for visually impaired visitors. It had tactile elements, often copies of the objects in display elsewhere in the museum. The room was often booked by classes of sighted children, who enjoyed to actually touch, instead of only being allowed to look at everything. So, the museum introduced those elements everywhere in their exhibitions, allowing everybody to experience the pieces in a tactile way.
(Image: tactile display of the different stages of enamel production.)
This week, I came across a museum that had invested in audio descriptions of their main art works. Audio description is when a voice describes what something looks like. Staff noticed that sighted people also enjoyed listening to the description of the piece they were looking at. Then covid came, and the museum turned the descriptions into podcasts. The audience was invited to imagine the piece, only based on the description, and come to the museum later to see the actual thing…