Saturday, August 18, 2007

Alaska: Museum adapts to the visually impaired's needs!

The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has made it possible for the visually impaired to experience Alaska's history through a partnership with the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The museum now offers Braille scripts for a self-guided tour of the Alaska Gallery, joining only a few museums around the nation that accommodate the visually impaired.

Museum volunteer coordinator Pat Sims said the service isn't just for those who speak English.
"Currently we have translations of the gallery in about eight different languages, so when someone comes to the museum we can hand them one and they can come up and use it while they're in the gallery," Sims said.

According to the American Foundation for the Blind, there are about 10 million blind or visually impaired people in the United States.


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