The scoping provides an overall view about the implications and requirements of accessibility in museums for individuals with sensory impairment and underlie the important need of developing staff competences and resources to meet the needs of individuals with sensory (vision and hearing) impairments when accessing museums. The scoping will result in a report in all the languages of the members of the consortium including information on accessibility levels and strategies, best practices and existing programs and policies, needs and challenges for museum staff members in regard to develop accessible and inclusive activities within museums for individuals with sensory impairments.
IO2 ToMIMeUS Communication Portal
The portal enables dissemination of public information (project aim, scope, partners, news, announcements, events, publications etc), but also communication and networking within the members of the consortium throughout the project, supporting the exchange of documents and materials referring to the intellectual outputs and tasks of the project.
IO3 Training material for professional development
Based on the results of the Intellectual output IO1, the members of the consortium develop a training material that will be used for the professional development of the staff museum in the field of accessibility and educational activities for individuals with sensory impairment (vision and hearing), but also in the domain of developing accessible and inclusive learning experiences for the visitors with and without disabilities..
The innovative characteristic of IO3 lies in the development and validation of methodologies, workshops and patterns of collaboration between museums and universities.
IO4 Adapted learning experience
In the context of the adapted learning activities, the museum specialists will follow the next steps, depending on the specificity of each institution and revaluating what has been learned during trainings: 1) selecting the target audience (6-16 years old, with sensory impairments) and the group formation; 2) formulate the objectives of the activities; 3) describe in detail the content of the activities; 4) decide on the deadlines to be observed; 5) design the way to evaluate the activities.
With a consistent specialist assistance from the university partners and ongoing dialogue with people with sensory impairments, museum specialists develop the social scenarios for the development of the activities and the resources needed to develop them.
IO5 Inclusive learning experience
Museum specialists permanently cooperate with the specialist staff in schools for visual and hearing impairments and other organizations for the ones with sensory impairments to get a clearest feedback in view of continuously improve the quality of activities. Activities carried out with heterogeneous groups, including students with and without sensory impairments will sensitize the participants to the special needs of people with sensory impairments.
IO6 Guide of Best Practices
The best practices guide will include an analysis of the data gathered through the project activities and a discussion and interpretation of these data in relation to the overall prior experience in ensuring increased accessibility in museums for sensory disabled persons.
The dissemination of the project with all its activities, training programs, events and publications will follow a detailed plan for each country of the consortium. Within this dissemination plan the partners will share information, presenting the results of the activities carried out in the museums and the steps for all procedures of accessibility for visitors with sensorial disabilities. The dissemination will be available for different organizations and institutions, direct and indirect beneficiaries (museum staff, educational professionals, deaf communities, associations for people with visual or hearing disabilities, teachers, people with sensory disabilities and their families).