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Audio Description for Visually Disabled. The Presentation of Special Audio Guides to the Museum

Presentation of audio guides for visually impaired visitors within the Belarusian-Polish project “The tools development of information and art adaptation for people with visual and hearing disabilities. The audio descriptions for visually impaired visitors of museums, theatres and other cultural institutionstakes place on December 2, 2016 from 2.30 p.m. till 6.00 p.m. Participants of the common Belarusian-Polish project will present audio descriptions of the 25 art works from the collection of the National Art Museum of Belarus in the New Building. The project brought 7 volunteers together – the employees of the Belarusian Association of Visually Impaired Persons, the members of other organizations trained by Polish colleagues and the 5 representatives of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. The project was created and partly-paid by the Warsaw Нuman Doc foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

          In 2014 the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus in collaboration with the Mivia creative team launched the first project for visually disabled visitors, after which the museum exhibitions included tactile sculptures and paintings. The project had a great acclaim and it was awarded a prize at the 3rd National Museum Forum.

In 2016, during the Year of Culture and the Year of Mercy, 25 museum works became perceivable to visually disabled visitors. Thus, the National Art Museum has been becoming more and more accessible to people with disabilities like many leading European museums.

The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus aims to provide disabled people with the opportunity to visit the museum using special tools that make dozens of works both from permanent exposition and temporary exhibitions perceivable. The further goal is the creation of audio guides for visually impaired children and tablet audio guides for deaf people.