The Children’s Museum is a brick-and-mortar museum that showcases exhibits and programs to stimulate informal learning experiences for children. While most museums have a hands-off approach to learning/viewing exhibits, Children’s Museum’s feature interactive exhibits that are designed to be manipulated by children.
The location that I partnered with for this project was located in Indianapolis, IN, and is well known as being the world’s largest Children’s Museum.
While the museum already had features available to assist children with more common, mild accessibility needs, they needed help with improving their existing accessibility features and standards to help children with more acute needs. More specifically, the museum wanted to focus efforts into addressing the needs of children with sensory sensitivities such as Autism, Asperger’s, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), etc.
A small group consisting of myself and 2 other designers were tasked with improving accessibility standards for children with sensory sensitivities throughout the museum in both digital and physical formats.
Conduct a full-scale accessibility study spanning across The Children’s Museum’s responsive website and mobile app, as well as individual physical exhibits located inside the museum itself. The main goal of this project was to present several accessible design recommendations for improvements to be made to existing museum standards. Due to the nature of the project, extensive research was needed to determine accurate accessibility design recommendations.