A Tactile Experience

October 1, 2015
Now available at the admissions desk: “Anatomy of the Harvard Art Museums” in a braille edition.

We’re pleased to announce that our publication “Anatomy of the Harvard Art Museums” is now available in a braille edition. It highlights the architecture and design of the new facility—a popular subject among all our visitors. The braille copies can be picked up at the admissions desk.

The project was spearheaded by our Division of Academic and Public Programs (DAPP), which chose the historic nonprofit National Braille Press in Boston to translate and produce the booklets. In operation since 1927, the press promotes literacy in braille for blind children and adults.

“We are always looking want to provide new routes of access to the renovated building, and this is one small way of doing just that,” said Jessica Martinez, head of DAPP. “Theis braille guide is encouraging us to think deeply about inclusive design—not only for the building but also for the museums’ programs.”

This is just the latest in our ongoing effort to make accessibility a top consideration. During our recent renovation project, for instance, we extended our ramps and updated our sidewalks around the building to ensure that they comply with all ADA regulations. The new facility is also completely wheelchair-accessible, and assistive-listening devices are available for public programs in our lecture halls.

Looking ahead, Martinez and her team are hoping to work with Harvard students in developing more projects and programs with all audiences in mind.

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