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Presented at the 2014 National Art Educators' Association.
Abstract: This session explores current practices and future possibilities in technology applications that include museum visitors and students with disabilities in art education. We present case studies that harness existing and emerging technologies and demonstrate the potential for equal and timely learning opportunities for all learners. These examples provide solutions to accessibility challenges, and inherently offer wider applications to better engage all users. Case studies include a collaboration between The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Parsons The New School for Design and Technology. This partnership invites graduate students to create tools for engagement in the museum for visitors with disabilities. Other case studies include innovations that facilitate crowd sourcing and other methods of multimedia accessibility such as video and image description for people who are blind or partially sighted. Participants will learn about key factors to consider when implementing technologies to enhance accessibility and usability.