Accessibility of museums in Chicago for people with visual impairments
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According to the Rockford Center website, "approximately 1 in 30 Americans are blind or visually impaired" (vision services, 2010). The startling fact is that in a city the size of Chicago, that equates to approximately 100,000 people. With the diverse cultural population of the area, it is no surprise that there are 229 museums in Chicago proper. Given the number of museums, how many are able to open their doors and provide a meaningful experience for people with vision impairments. There are seven categories for the museums chosen for this research; they are art, music, natural history/science, historical, ethnic-cultural, university, and children's. My research centered on the following museums; The Art Institute of Chicago, Ukrainian Museum- Institute of Modern Art, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Gospel Music Museum, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, The Field Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago History Museum, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Spertus Museum and Institute of Jewish Studies, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Oriental Institute Museum (University of Chicago), The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Columbia College), Lillistreet Art Center, and The Chicago Children's Museum. There was a wide variation of services available dependent upon the size and funding of the museum.