museum visit w a person w cognitive disability

Michael S Elledge elledge at msu.edu
Fri Aug 7 21:11:02 UTC 2009


Speaking of which (apologies if this is old news), the DIA provides two 
levels of recorded content, one for children and one for adults.

Mike

Clayton H Lewis wrote:
> I've added this to the wiki:
>
> visit to denver museum of nature and science
>
> Twenty-something man, C, with substantial cognitive impairment
> accompanied by sibling, S.
>
> C has limited speech, some ability to read at the level of individual 
> words.
>
> Visit of about two hours' length.
>
> S managed the visit, in consultation with C about C's preferences. C's 
> initial choice, based on prior visits, was dinosaur bones.
>
> In choosing what else to see, pictures  on the museum map leaflet 
> showing major exhibit groupings were useful in allowing C to express 
> preferences, and helping S carry on the conversation about C's 
> preferences. For example, S could point to the pictures while 
> describing possible choices to C.
>
> Pictures in the museum corridor areas that showed materials from the 
> exhibits were useful in navigating... he was not navigating by 
> himself, but the pictures seemed to offer him reassurance about where 
> we were going (C is a little timid in some situations, shown by 
> holding on to S.)
>
> In the exhibit area C enjoyed the occasional opportunities to press 
> buttons that produced sounds. 
>
> C was able to read some of the contents of exhibit captions, though it 
> was not clear how much he understood about them without assistance 
> from S. 
> C repeatedly (and spontaneously) indicated that he would like to bring 
> "Mom" to see something in an exhibit. 
>
> Bottom line, for Fluid Engage
>
> C (and S) indicated that having a handheld device that offered 
> interactions  similar to the audio buttons in more places would be 
> good. He would also be able to use this independently of other visitors.
>
> Audio presentation of exhibit caption material, if at a basic level, 
> might be helpful.
>
> Showing a gallery map, with pictures illustrating exhibit contents, on 
> the handheld, might also be helpful.
>
> A facility that allow C to review his visit with his mother after 
> returning home would be valuable to him (and her).
>
>
>
>
> Clayton Lewis
> Professor of Computer Science
> Scientist in Residence, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
> University of Colorado
> http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~clayton 
> <http://www.cs.colorado.edu/%7Eclayton>
>
>
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