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Invitation to the International Conference entitled "Museums & Individuals with Visual Impairments-Bridging the Gap."

Volos 18-19/5/2017

You are cordially invited to the International Conference «Museums & Individuals with Visual Impairments-Bridging the Gap» which will be held on 18-19 May 2017 in Volos (Auditorium “KORDATOS”), at the University of Thessaly, starting at 9:30am. The conference constitutes part of the Erasmus+ project «BaGMIVI: Bridging the Gap Between Museums and Individuals with Visual Impairments» which is coordinated by the University of Thessaly (Coordinator: Dr. Vassilis Argyropoulos, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education). The Rector of the University of Thessaly, Prof. Georgios Petrakos as well as the Coordinator of the BaGMIVI project Dr. Vassilis Argyropoulos will welcome all participants. In turn, the conference programme will feature inspiring keynotes and invited speakers with extensive experience and knowledge in the area of visual impairment, in conjunction with professionals from museums and galleries. The main goal of the Conference is to present and discuss the outcomes of the BaGMIVI project, which aims to support museums developing various practices in order to reinforce the access and inclusion of people with visual disability to their context and content. Among the core themes that will underpin the programme are:
- To enable the museum members become aware and update their knowledge regarding the disabling barriers that impede the access of visitors with visual disabilities to museums, and the techniques that can enhance the access and inclusion of individuals with visual disabilities to museums.
- To create learning, cultural and social opportunities for individuals with visual disabilities and enable them to acquire self-advocacy skills regarding their rights as museum visitors and the requirements for an inclusive museum.
- To promote the collaboration between museums, schools, and organisations with associations of individuals with visual disabilities.
- To point out the best practices and guidelines for the development of an accessible and inclusive museum for visitors with visual disabilities.