In December 2020, as I reflect on the year, I am struck by how completely the closure of physical spaces pushed activity online. My work was no exception. Meetings became conference calls, physical exhibits moved to websites, and in-person conferences were transformed into online presentations.
collaboration was another theme for this year. I am thankful for the contributions of my smart and talented colleagues who contributed to the work that I produced in 2020.
The Unintended Consequences of Current Events
I found myself reflecting on how responses to the coronavirus pandemic affected people with disabilities. Here are essays that I wrote with colleagues for an online exhibit called
Covid-19 and Museums
A major theme of 2020 as finding ways to safeguard access to touch objects.
In this post written for the American Alliance of Museums, colleagues and I strongly recommend that museums produce re-usable tactile handouts so that individuals can borrow their own touch objects.
This post summarizes a presentation about accessible touch objects.
Here is another essay that I wrote for the Redefine/ABLE exhibit about tactile art before and during a pandemic.
Documenting the Museum Experiences of people who are blind
Early in 2020, I presented work about museum exhibits before the pandemic. As far off as that seems now, there are still valuable data for making improvements when physical museums re-open.
Here is an article that Jo Morrison wrote summarizing the papers included in our MuseWeb 2020 conference panel.
Finally, 2020 saw the release of one of our papers that was delayed in the publication process.