In keeping with the MCA’s commitment to access, inclusion, and equity, the museum’s Board, staff, and volunteers endeavor to extend an authentic welcome to our building, exhibitions, programs, and information at all times and to all visitors. We extend this invitation in particular to visitors with disabilities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law passed in 1990, guided the museum’s accessibility work for many years. In response to a city-wide celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ADA in 2015, a group of MCA staff began to think about how to do more for visitors with disabilities—beyond what was legally required. That group, now the museum’s Accessibility Leadership Task Force, is a pan-institutional team with an interest in thinking creatively about how to encourage long-term engagement with disabled visitors.
We still have a lot to learn from our visitors with disabilities and from others who are also thinking about accessible practices; we aspire to be leaders in the community in embracing tenets of universal design. Keeping accessibility and universal design principles in mind as we plan, decide, create, teach, fund, hire, train, communicate, and execute will guide our staff, who—regardless of department or role—share the responsibility and privilege of making the MCA accessible to all.
We continue to study our existing accessible offerings and are constantly working to make them more consistent, useful, and innovative. These programs include stage and gallery programs that feature American Sign Language interpretation and open captioning; touch tours; staff trained to support visitors with disabilities; a website with best-in-class accessible features; and more. We believe that by crafting programs and spaces that serve the needs of the disabled community, we are improving our offerings and our invitation to all visitors.
We are receptive and responsive to your thoughts—if you have a suggestion as to how the MCA can be more welcoming and inclusive, you can reach us at [email protected].