Digital Accessibility and Inclusion
Session 1: Get Inspired!
April 8, 2021 | 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Presenters: (Left to right) Robin Marquis, The Peale Baltimore; Katy Menne, North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport; Meredith Peruzzi, National Deaf Life Museum
Beginner Level: Peer-to-peer introductory session
Description: Digital accessibility ensures access to information and all functions of digital tools, irrespective of a person’s specific needs. This module will provide training on how to integrate accessibility and inclusion into digital programs, social pages, and websites.
Robin Marquis, Accessibility Coordinator
The Peale; Baltimore, Maryland
Robin Marquis is an artist, facilitator, disability activist and accessibility consultant. They have over a decade of experience leading initiatives, programming, and community collaborations with institutions of all sizes and people of all ages. Marquis currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Access Smithsonian and as the Accessibility Coordinator for The Peale Center. As an artist with a disability, Marquis is part of a national network of thought-leaders shaping the conversation about accessibility in the arts, while contributing to local efforts that combine creativity, education and activism to achieve positive social change.
Katy Menne, Curator of Education
North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport; Southport, North Carolina
Katy earned her BA in History and Masters in Teaching Secondary Social Studies at the University of South Carolina. Since 2011 she has been teaching in formal and informal settings and joined the staff at NC Maritime Museum at Southport in 2018 as the Curator of Education. She started inclusion and diversity initiatives, spearheaded the museum becoming the first Certified Autism Center in the state of North Carolina, and has gained the distinction of Certified Educator by National Geographic. Menne was the 2020 recipient of Southeastern Museum Conference’s Emerging Museum Professional Award. In addition to her job duties at the museum, she also serves on the Planning Committee Member for Able Buddies, Special Needs Community of Pender and Onslow County; Brunswick County Local Interagency Coordinating Council; Environmental Educators of North Carolina’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Action Team; Southeastern Museum Conference’s Equity and Inclusion Action Team Program Coordinator; North Carolina Museums Council Programs Committee and Assistant Communications Chair; and Community in Schools Board of Young Professionals.
Meredith Peruzzi, Director
National Deaf Life Museum, Gallaudet University; Washington, DC
Meredith Peruzzi is a public historian and museum professional. Her primary research field is the history of Gallaudet University, and the history of deaf education and the deaf community in the United States. In addition to her work as a museum curator and administrator, she is a frequent consultant on the topic of making exhibitions and programming more accessible to Deaf visitors, which is the subject of her current PhD research at the University of Leicester.
Sessions and Workshops in this Module:
Beginner Level: This introductory session will bring together staff of small museums to share their approach to ensuring that their digital projects are accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities.
TEch Workshop 1
Beginner Level: The first workshop in the Digital Accessibility and Inclusion module will be an introduction to best practices for a wide range of digital projects including web and social media.
TEch Workshop 2
Intermediate Level: The second workshop in the Digital Accessibility and Inclusion module will focus on the ways that small museums can ensure that live-streamed and video programming are accessible to and inclusive of individuals of all abilities.
Tech Workshop 3
Advanced Level: The final workshop in the Digital Accessibility and Inclusion module will focus on digital collections. From the time an object is acquired, cataloged, entered in the database, to when and how it is published online