RESOLUTION 2010-07

Museums
AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
RESOLUTION 2010-07

SUMMARY:

1. This organization urges National Endowment for the Arts and Very Special Arts to fund and disseminate research concerning informational and aesthetic access to museums for blind and visually impaired patrons.

2. This organization joins with its special-interest affiliate Friends-in-Art in offering focused guidance and consultation to entities engaging in elements of research concerning informational and aesthetic access to museums.

3. ACB directs its officers, directors, and staff to work with the Advocacy Committee of Friends-in-Art toward implementation of this resolution.

4. This organization encourages its state and local affiliates to aid in the implementation of this resolution through working with local museums in their areas, and through dissemination of consultation and information to such museums.

WHEREAS, many museums throughout the United States regard disability access to mean only physical access to built features; and

WHEREAS, the 2008 negotiated settlement between the United States Department of Justice, and the Spy Museum of Washington, D.C., which resulted from a complaint filed by some members of the American Council of the Blind (ACBT), helped to establish a precedent codifying that “program access," as applied to museums, includes information access, and access to aesthetic experiences; and

WHEREAS, it is imperative that ACB and its affiliates, capitalize on the positive aspects of the Department of Justice v. Spy Museum complaint settlement; and

WHEREAS, although Governmental entities such as National Endowment for the Arts, and private entities such as Very Special Arts, have made some progress, in arts access for people with disabilities, these entities have not made significant in-roads concerning full access to information and aesthetic experiences for blind and visually impaired museum patrons; and

WHEREAS, the ACB special-interest affiliate Friends-in-Art has long been involved in advocating and consulting with regard to museum access for patrons who are blind and visually impaired;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel, in Phoenix, Ariz., on the 16th day of July, 2010 that this organization urge the National Endowment for the Arts and Very Special Arts to fund and disseminate research concerning informational and aesthetic access to museums for blind and visually impaired patrons; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization joins with its special interest affiliate, Friends-in-Art, in offering focused guidance and consultation to entities engaging in elements of research concerning informational and aesthetic access to museums; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ACB directs its officers, directors and staff to work with the Advocacy Committee of Friends-in-Art toward implementation of this resolution;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization encourages its state and local affiliates to aid in the implementation of this resolution through working with local museums in their areas, and through dissemination of consultation and information to such museums.

Adopted.

Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary