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  • Date: 11/01/2004
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    Int this article, Vivian Jenkins Nelsen, principal of the INTER-RACE Institute, discusses the importance of measurement in understanding the effectiveness of an science center's staff diversity efforts. Jenkins Nelsen outlines how to conduct these measurements, who should implement the research, and the frequency at which to measure. ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2004
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, seven museum professionals briefly explain their various approaches to personalize inclusion at their respective institutions. Authors include Elizabeth K. Stage, Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science, Preeti Gupta, Directors of Education at the New York Hall of Science, Michelle Sporito, Manager of Pi Society Docents at The ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2004
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper describes a 2002 study conducted by Steve Tokar that was the first of its kind to evaluate universal design practice among North American museums with hands-on science exhibits. Tokar investigated the following questions: (1) For which audiences do museum exhibit professionals think their exhibitions are accessible?; (2) What is the ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2004
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper is an introduction to the special issue of "Visitor Studies Today" dedicated to museum accessibility for persons with disabilities by guest editor Christine Reich, Senior Research/Evaluation Associate at the Museum of Science, Boston. ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2004
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper discusses the "Scences de Silence/Scenes of Silence" exhibition designed to enable hearing people to gain access to the world of the deaf. This paper describes the exhibition and evaluation findings which examined the project's impact on visitors and deaf guides. ... »
  • Date: 06/01/2004
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Museum of Science will partner with four other informal science education institutions to plan a nationwide distributed research project that will explore universal access to informal learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in museums. This planning project will determine domains of access-related research, ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2004
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Temple University's "Sisters in Science in the Community (SISCOM)" is a constructivist-based, inclusive youth/community project targeting underrepresented urban middle and high school girls in grades 6-10 and their families; it supports inclusion of girls with disabilities. It engages girls and their parents in hands-on, inquiry-based sports ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2004
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Jeanne Vergeront, museum consultant and former vice president of exhibits and education at the Minnesota Children's Museum, explores how and why exhibits should be specifically designed for actual museum visitors, taking into account their backgrounds, ages, activities, and learning. Vergeront identifies successful spaces aligned ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2004
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Ellen Rubin presents advice on museum wayfinding from her perspective as a disability access consultant with experience working with science centers and museums and as a blind museum visitor. Rubin discusses how to orient visitors online before the visit, as they enter the museum, and as they interact with exhibits. ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2004
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Ellen Giusti, director of exhibition evaluation at the American Museum of Natural History, briefly summarizes methods and findings from a two-part formative evaluation study of "Ping!" "Ping!" is a user-activated audio beacon system designed to help blind and low-vision visitors locate and interact with museum exhibits. ... »