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Review for Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired Inc, Madison, WI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Choosing a role from the selection was difficult. I chose advisor because, as director of the Weis Earth Science Museum, I was fortunate to work with the Council to implement a museum exhibit that was accessible to visitors with visual impairment. When I approached the Council with the exhibit idea, I was impressed with how quickly they embraced it. And not just with words, but with actions. Council grant writer Judy Nolde worked tirelessly to find funds to help make the exhibit a reality. Although I had wanted to do an exhibit like this for some time, I had no idea how little museums typically offer for the visually impaired visitor. The Council was aware of this, however, and really got behind the project. I met Council board members at the exhibit opening and was struck by how engaged they were and interested in extending this kind of opportunity to others with visual challenges. It is obvious that they strive to uphold their mission to promote the dignity and independence of the visually impaired. I also see their backing of this exhibit as fulfilling their goal to educate the public, which will have the opportunity to experience the crystals, fossils and rocks in the exhibit in the same manner as the blind visitor to gain a new perspective.

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Role:  Advisor