Designing Communication Strategies to Create Accessible Cultural Institution Experiences


November 1, 4:00- 7:00 p.m.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sacerdote Lecture Hall

1000 Fifth Avenue

Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

(Please enter the Museum at 81st Street Entrance and 5th Avenue)

New York, NY 10028


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This workshop is for those who work with or visit cultural institutions. You will learn about various tools and methods to help give everyone a voice. Using various creative methods, alternative communication techniques, and Assistive Technology you will learn how to make a more meaningful conversation happen. It is organized to give tools to visitors, teachers, and cultural institution staff including: the receptionist at the front desk, ushers, guards, docents, educators, and administrators in order to create a more participatory experience for individuals with disabilities who visit cultural institutions. Following presentations, time is allocated to talk, ask questions, and sample some of the technology used to facilitate communication. We encourage everyone to participate and to express their thoughts.


The speakers come from various backgrounds including Educators, Therapists, Assistive Technology Specialists, and representative from Cultural Institutions:

  • Karen Gorman, David Carroca, Hayley Levenson and Jordan Ignacio, from District 75’s Assistive Technology and UDL Team
  • Madison Zalopay from the Whitney Museum  
  • Aliza Greenberg, from Learning Spring School
  • Laura Borgwardt of the CO/LAB Theater Group
  • Jennifer Kampf, OTR/L
  • Alba Somoza, Artist and teacher