What I believe in
As someone who identifies as neurodivergent, I do believe that accessibility and inclusion go beyond removing physical barriers in museums and art galleries. In fact, issues of accessibility and inclusion can be approached with different mindsets, which will vary, based on one’s experiences, priorities, values and beliefs.
Something that is dear and near to my heart is the belief that cultural institutions should consider and actively work towards providing intellectual access to the artworks and collections they are presenting. Intellectual accessibility means that museums should broaden their definition of the ‘idealized visitor.’ In doing so, this could help them become more flexible with the ways in which they do interpret and explain artworks. As such, curators might gain from collaborating with educators when writing labels, or when trying to produce creative audio descriptions.
While I recognize that intellectual accessibility is difficult to achieve for all types of audiences at the same time, I do however believe that there is a way to find common ground which could benefit to a broader audience than an elite representing a ‘normalcy’ to attain.