New RNIB guide to help museums and galleries enhance accessibility to blind visitors

Europe, August 4 2011

UK: The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has produced a new guide in order to help museums and galleries enhance accessibility to blind and partially-sighted visitors.

Shifting Perspectives contains information on how organisations and attractions can adapt services and implement facilities to meet the demands of visually-impaired people.

The guidance includes details on how to create an access guide; providing audio-describing exhibits; making information accessible; and providing tactile images and touch tours.

Case studies and personal anecdotes are also offered inShifting Perspective in order to provide examples of how other museums and galleries have implemented measures.

RNIB arts development officer Zoe Partington Sollinger said: “There are almost 2 million blind and partially sighted people living in the UK and for many of them attending galleries and museums can be very difficult.

“The Shifting Perspectives guide offers simple and very effective solutions which we hope will make galleries and museums stop and think about how they can help make exhibits more inclusive for blind and partially-sighted people.”

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