Training museum professionals in the Western Balkans to improve access to their buildings, collections and activities for persons with disabilities and enabling positive participation while challenging negative stereotypes.
- Communicating art in the Western Balkans
- Cultural Heritage without Borders
- Country of Implementation
- Northern Europe
- First published
“We support museums in the Western Balkans to partner with children & adults with disabilities and open up their institutions through creative inclusive practice.” Diana WALTERS & Michèle TAYLOR
Training and capacity-building for professionals working in museums are at the heart of the project. A broader information and education program is also provided to raise awareness for the persons with disabilities and to promote inclusion and good practice. Children and adults with disabilities are welcomed as museum visitors and take part in various activities which enable them to experience their cultural heritage.
The knowledge of most museum experts in the Western Balkans about the needs and requirements of persons with disabilities was rudimentary. The museums and staff were not equipped to design or implement strategies to improve accessibility. The social standing of persons with disabilities was particularly low and financial, political and practical barriers are being overcome in order to reduce fear and challenge prejudices and thereby enable wider access.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
Capacity building for museum experts