Welcoming Art Lovers With Disabilities

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/arts/artsspecial/welcoming-art-lovers-with-disabilities.html?_r=0

A couple of days ago, the Met displayed its first exhibition of art made by blind/partly sighted people. These artists were part of a class called “Seeing Through Drawing” and their artwork was inspired by the Met’s collection of paintings, sculptures, etc.

The Met has always been a big supporter of accessibility rights for disabled people. They are very flexible in terms of providing accommodations for people with all sorts of disability.  A visitor is able to experience exhibits through sound, scent, touch, imagery, etc.  This article also talked about how the Met is very creative with the accommodations that they made and continue to make in the museum. They go above and beyond the rules required by law, and really go out of their way to make sure disabled people have an amazing and thorough experience.

The Met can be considered a pioneer in accessibility. About 15% of the people in the US are disabled and this number is going to keep increasing. Disabled people cannot continue to be deprived of their rights. For those people, places, and institutions that claim it cannot be done, it really can. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.