National Museum making the museum more accessible for the disabled

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The National Museum in Bloemfontein has launched an initiative to make their exhibitions more accessible to persons living with disabilities. These changes have been highly valued, which in turn increased the number of people who visit the museum. The changes have enabled disabled people to have a more intense visit and experience of the museum.

“This has contributed to an increased awareness and sensitivity about the special needs of people physically challenged and more,” said Nico Avenant, from the organising committee of the National Museum.

The next phase in this initiative will start off with celebrations on 22 November at the National Museum from 08:45 – 13:00, where speakers of various streams and organisations in the disability sector will give presentations on a variety of topics to an invited audience of 100 guests.

In addition, pupils of three special schools in the Bloemfontein area will treat attendees with performances. This will be complemented by a special school art exhibition, and a briefing by school representatives and the university sector about their specific areas of responsibilities and support to disabled citizens.

“We intend to stage this special day in a festive and celebratory spirit, and in collaboration with a number of local organisations, including the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality,” Avenant added.

In a statement provided by the organising committee of this special day, pupils of three Special Schools in the Bloemfontein area will treat attendees with performances. This will be complemented by a special school art exhibition and a briefing by school representatives and the university sector about their specific areas of responsibilities and support to disabled citizens. For any more information regarding the special day, feel free to contact Avenant at 051-447-9609, 084-446-4045 or navenant@nasmus.co.za.

Heidre Malgas

heidre@mahareng.co.za