The RNIB/VocalEyes Talking Images Report and Guide for museums, galleries and heritage sites (2003) remins very useful for planning resources for visually impaired visitoris. It shows how popular tactile models are www.rnib.org.uk, click 'talking images). Of the information and services visually impaired people found very helpful, the most were (in order of frequency):
Displays and objects you can touch
Models you can touch
Audio guides with description for visually impaired people
Live events or talks
--- Original Message -----From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Sam GrovesSent: Friday, October 26, 2007 11:24 AMSubject: Audio HandsetsDear All,
Can anyone help me with please? We are developing interpretation for visitors with visual impairments and I have a couple of questions.
1. When using tactile models for VIPS, it seems the advice it to include audio as well to help to explain the model.
However, recent evalaution I have carried out suggests that VIPS, DON'T like headsets that cover both ears as it blocks out all other sound making then feel vulnerable.
How do we allow VIPS to listen to the audio at the same time as having their hands- free to allow them to touch the model? Has anyone else encoutered this issue with VIPS?
2. Audio guides- again, how do we offer guides without the issue of blocking out all other museum sounds? Or, is this of a lesser concern to VIPS, as they are using he guide to navigate anyway?
I am sure there are single -earpiece devices out there, but I am more interested to know if anyone has recieved similar feedback.
Many thanks in advance.
Visitor Studies Curator,
Riverside Museums Project,
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