The Museum as an Inclusive Community: A Blueprint for Moving Forward

Howard P. Scott

This paper is a law and policy writing focusing on enforcement and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act.


The focus of this study is museum accessibility for patrons with

disabilities. The history of museums and their evolution into institutions that

strive to create an inclusive community means that many aspects of the

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as well as the Architectural Barriers

Act of 1968 are applicable. Developing a tool for assessing museum

compliance with the law was key to gathering data to use for improving

compliance with the law. Using this data and comparing current compliance

in four museums to three major legal cases against museums showed

common areas for improvement in accessibility in all facilities involved in

this study. Technical solutions for creating an inclusive museum are pulled

from legal settlements as well as accessibility websites and presented here.