Accessibility and inclusion: A case for valuing duplication over exclusivity

Lightning Talk

Friday, April 23, 2021: 12:30pm - 2:00pm - - Lightning Talk

Audra Buck-Coleman, design researcher, USA, Cheryl Fogle-Hatch, independent professional, USA

In this lightning talk we advocate for increased exhibition duplication to achieve greater accessibility and inclusion. Using Redefine/ABLE: Challenging Inaccessibility, a recent exhibition as a case study, we will address why duplication is important, show ways of achieving it, and acknowledge micro and macro barriers to inclusion. Redefine/ABLE began as an exhibition that would be realized in two different physical locations and an online presence. It became an online-only social media exhibition due to the COVID-19 restrictions. We will share insights about valuing duplication in the exhibition’s original physical installation locations, its implemented online installation spaces, and its related programming. This presentation will also address the shortcomings of duplication including gaps that go beyond museum professionals’ control such as the digital divide. Audience members can gain a better understanding of why and ways to pivot from exclusive (and inaccessible) to duplicative (and accessible).

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