NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE CHICAGO PROGRAMS

STARS IN OUR EYES

Walk the Red Carpet and Experience a Spectacular Night of: Film Trailers & Popcorn; Live Custom Screen Printing; Silent Auction & Raffles; Light Appetizers + Drink and More!

ADA 25 FOR 25 CULTURAL ACCESS PROJECT

The National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago is participating in the ADA 25 for 25 Cultural Access Project, and plans on installing an audio-visual system that will allow streaming of auditorium events down to its accessible first floor space. For staff development in disability awareness, NMHM Chicago will request disability awareness training for all museum staff, interns and volunteers from JJ’s List. They are also investigating the creation of an accessible version of its web site and are seeking funding for an elevator to make the entire building wheel chair accessible.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION

For accommodations information, please call 312-854-8324. Special accommodations may be made with adequate prior notice.

Accommodations available at The National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago include:

• Wheelchair accessible
• Audio description
• Large print text versions
• Captioning

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REINVENTING THE WHEEL: STORIES OF LIFE AFTER SPINAL CORD INJURY

The National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago is collaborating with BACKBONES and Keepsayk to present an online version of “Reinventing the Wheel: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury”. This collection of visual storytelling highlights REAL lives, starts conversations, changes attitudes and empowers many to shift views leading to better access to housing, employment, education and recreation for people with disabilities.

BRINGING ART TO LIFE: EXPRESSIVE ART & DESIGN IN ALZHEIMER'S & PARKINSON'S PATIENT CARE

The “Bringing Art to Life: Expressive Art and Design in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Patient Care” exhibit seeks to continue a dialogue about how art can be used to enhance the lives and care of people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. The exhibit will look at art and design as expressive therapies for the neurodegenerative patient, as well as techniques to enhance the effectiveness of caregiving. The exhibit will feature works of art by Alzheimer's Patient Lester E. Potts, Jr. and poetry by his son, Neurologist Daniel C. Potts, MD. Dr. Elizabeth Barber has studied how artwork and interior design can help motivate and provide a beneficial neurological environment, especially for people with Parkinson's and eases the lives of both patients and their caretakers. On June 5th, 2015, Dr. Potts will give a presentation on the neurological benefits of Art Therapy and the programs he has set up to continue this work. The speakers' panel will also include distinguished AD and PD physicians with experience of patient art therapy, and a local art therapist. The Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will provide resources as well as registration for clinical trials. Other related Chicago resources will also be mentioned.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY EXHIBIT

In Collaboration with UIC’s Biomedical Visualization Department and Alder University CSP internship program, the “Traumatic Brain Injury” exhibit will examine the causes, mechanism, symptoms, and treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). There will be special focus on two common causes of TBI – military and sports injuries – as well as the most common type, mild TBI. The exhibit will also feature interactive elements that allow visitors to learn about normal brain anatomy and traumatic brain injuries.

TECHABILITY

The technology and disabilities exhibit, “TechAbility”, will premiere on September 11, 2015 and will highlight technology that affects and enriches the lives of individuals with disabilities. The exhibit will look at the history of mobility, the present day technological advances, and the future of accessibility. The exhibit will include interactive timelines and current innovations, such as 3D printing, mobile apps, robotics, transportation, accessibility within cultural institutions, as well as universal design. “TechAbility” will explore the evolution of technology and how it continues to change the lives of individuals with disabilities.

The “TechAbility” exhibit will launch during the ReelAbilities Film Festival. The festival is dedicated to sharing the lives, stories and art of people with disability. The goal of these events is to help the public recognize disability as a natural part of the human experience, and to expand equal opportunity for people with disabilities to participate fully in the civic, social and economic life of our region. “TechAbility” and ReelAbilties are a part of ADA 25 Chicago, the 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans With Disabilities Act. We hope that you can join with us to explore the many advancements of technology within the realm of disabilities and accessibility.

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