For accommodations information, please contact Jonathan Canning at 312-915-7606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodations available at the Loyola University Chicago Museum of Art include:
• Accessible entrances/exits
• Accessible bathrooms
• Elevator access
• Large print programs
In partnership with the CNADC, LUMA will expand iLUMAnations—a program that takes people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners on tours of LUMA’s galleries designed to engage the mind in new ways while providing an emotional support network. The frequency of sessions and the number of docents at each session will increase in order to accommodate more couples, and additional interactive components will be introduced in order to enhance the sessions. Currently, all participants are CNADC patients who are preselected based on specific criteria to ensure the program is rewarding and helpful. With support from the CNADC, LUMA will explore developing tools and resources in order to replicate a version of this program to be made available to the public in coming years.
INCREASE ALTERNATE FORMATS
LUMA will begin producing materials for people who have low vision, including large print materials that will be kept at the front desk and accessible electronic formats that can be emailed to guests upon request. This will include materials for the permanent collection as well as all temporary exhibitions. LUMA’s graphic designer will prepare the new formats so they are available at the opening of the next temporary exhibitions on May 23rd, 2015, and all subsequent exhibitions and permanent collections. LUMA will continue offering alternate formats, and make other adjustments to print and web materials, within budget, to improve the guest experience. This will include reviewing guest feedback and conducting self-assessments to identify additional changes that can be implemented.
STAFF AND VOLUNTEER TRAINING
The Curator of Education will undergo extensive training on disability etiquette and awareness in order to teach this to all staff and volunteers, or find a suitable consultant to conduct these sessions. He/she will commit to: perform these sessions annually to ensure all staff and volunteers are adequately trained; continuously attend sessions and check forums in order to integrate new concepts on disability etiquette and awareness into these sessions; and train docents to use more descriptive language during their tours in order to enhance the experience for guests who are blind or have low vision. These trainings will become mandatory for all staff and volunteers on an annual basis. The materials taught will be continuously updated to reflect current best practices, trends, and advancements in disability etiquette and awareness.
ABOUT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO MUSEUM OF ART
The Loyola University Chicago Museum of Art is dedicated to exploring, promoting, and understanding art and artistic expression that illuminates the enduring spiritual questions of all cultures and societies. LUMA reflects the University’s Jesuit identity and is dedicated to helping people of all creeds to explore their faith and spiritual quest.