Beyond the Basics: An Inclusive Design Case Study Session Presentation

Friday, May 17 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | Room 318 / 319 / 320

How do we elevate exhibits beyond the basics of access?

Where do design and visitor experience intersect with inclusion?

For over 160 years, American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has operated as the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating accessible learning materials for people who are blind and visually impaired. In 2019 the organization, in partnership with the American Foundation for the Blind, announced it would house the Helen Keller Archive, the single largest repository of materials by and about Helen Keller.

In the fall of 2021, APH engaged Solid Light to partner in telling the story of APH, Helen Keller, and blindness and the human experience through a highly accessible and inclusive design approach that introduces the visitor to these stories in exciting and unexpected new ways. As the planning and design phases evolved, the goal became to design “the world’s most accessible museum”, The Dot Experience.

During this session, representatives from APH and Solid Light will share insights into their collective experience and learnings in creating a museum experience that is as inclusive as possible. They will discuss the evolution of inclusive design considerations, concepts, and approaches. Attendees will gain perspective on how inclusive design can help break down barriers in your community while building trust and long-lasting relationships. Attendees will also learn about resources and support available to introduce and implement inclusive and accessible change at their institutions.

Session Speakers Include:

Headshot of Chris Mozier

Chris Mozier
Solid Light, Chief Operating Officer (Moderator)

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Ben Jett
Solid Light, Creative Director

Michael Hudson
American Printing House for the Blind, The Dot Experience’s Curator and Conservationist

Denna Lambert
NASA, Early Stage Innovations & Partnerships’ Inclusive Innovation Lead

Learn more about our session and add it to your calendar through the American Alliance of Museums’ virtual program!