the dot experience:designing the world's most accessible museum

For over 160 years, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has operated as the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating accessible learning for people who are blind and low vision. 

In the fall of 2021, APH engaged Solid Light to partner in telling the story of APH, Helen Keller, and the human experience of being blind. With the client, we are creating a highly accessible and inclusive design approach that introduces the visitor to these stories in exciting and unexpected new ways.

The goal of the new museum, The Dot Experience, is to dismantle barriers between people who are blind and sighted. The experience will create a welcoming environment that moves visitors from fear or discomfort about blindness to feelings of emotional connection and common humanity. Visitors will understand that blindness and low vision is a spectrum that can create different challenges for individuals of any age and will discover how innovation and ingenuity help people who are blind learn, communicate, and navigate a world primarily designed for those with vision. 

Project Details


American Printing House for the Blind


Louisville, Kentucky


20,000 square feet