Would you place this sign at the
entrance to your exhibition?
Gays May Not Participate
Then why say the same for
people who are blind or have low vision ?
Would you post this sign
in your museum gallery?
Then why send that message with
uncaptioned videos to
people who are deaf or hard of hearing?
Disability Rights !
are Civil Rights!
The ADA is Comprehensive!
Civil Rights Legislation!
That Is Almost 25 Years Old!
Three Important Facts
• Inclusion is a right, not an
• Inclusion is a smart choice for
• Designing for inclusion ensures
that museums sustain an
audience for a longer, richer
period of time.
Number of adults with a disability
in U.S. 56.7M (2012 U.S. Census)
Most prevalent types of disabilities
for children in the U.S.: 13.1% of all
youth age 3-21:
• Specific learning disabilities 4.9%
• Speech or Language impairments
• Other health impairments 1.9%
• Intellectual disability .9%
• Emotional disturbance .8%
• Autism .8%
• Developmental delay .7%
80% are based in the brain
U.S. Department of Education, National Center for
Education Statistics (2012) for years 2009-2010
50% of People 65 and Older
Have Disabilities (2010 U.S. Census)
• People 65 and older in the United States in 2010 – 13% of the
total population. In 2010, the age group was larger than in any
other decennial census: 31.2 million in 1990 and 35.0 million in
• Projected population in 2050 of people 65 and older in the U.S.
This age group would comprise 20 percent of the total population.
• Projected population in 2050 of people 65 and older worldwide.
The percentage of the world's population 65 and older would
increase from about 8 percent to about 17 percent between 2011
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