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Assistive Technologies in Museums for People With Visual Impairments

Assistive Technologies in Museums for People With Visual Impairments
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Author(s): Susana Vasconcelos Mesquita (DEGEIT, University of Aveiro, Portugal) and Maria João Carneiro (GOVCOPP, DEGEIT, University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 21
Source title: ICT Tools and Applications for Accessible Tourism
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Celeste Eusébio (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Leonor Teixeira (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and Maria João Carneiro (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6428-8.ch012

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Abstract

Museums are important cultural places where technology, and specifically assistive technology, offers a prime opportunity for people with visual impairments to access the exhibition and the space. People with visual impairments represent a large group of the population but still experience several constraints during their museum visits. Nevertheless, there are few studies on the importance of assistive technologies in museums. This chapter aims to discuss the relevance of technology in museums and to identify guidelines to implement assistive technologies in order to improve the experience of people with visual impairments during their visits to museums. A reflection on the potential of assistive technologies for people with visual impairments and some guidelines are provided in order to promote more accessible and inclusive museums.

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