Widening Audiences Part 1: Addressing Needs of Audiences w/Disabilities and Older Visitors

2011 Museum Computer Network conference in Atlanta, GA Presentation on November 17, 2011 PRESENTERS: Vivian Kung Haga, Museum of Photographic Arts Larry Goldberg, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) Simon Houriez, Signes de Sens (Meaningful signs) Rebecca McGinnis, Metropolitan Museum of Art Catharine McNally, Keen Guides Susan Nichols, Smithsonian American Art Museum Helen Petrie, University of York Christopher Power, University of York Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian Institution Marcus Weisen, Jodi Mattes Trust for Accessible Digital Culture Beth Ziebarth, Smithsonian Institution This session is the first in a strand of 6 sessions and workshops at MCN 2011 on "Widening audiences: Digital Access in the 21st Century Museum for people with disabilities and older people". The session will provide an introduction to the key concepts in considering how to widen access to the museum experience for older and disabled people through the use of new technologies. The speakers in each of the sessions in the strand on Widening Audiences will then introduce the key points in their sessions.