A publication from Access Smithsonian, the Institute for Human Centered Design, and MuseWeb highlights the need for cultural organizations to integrate accessible and inclusive digital interactive design as an essential component of their work. Inclusive Digital Interactives: Best Practices + Research (407 pages, PDF) compiles case studies and articles by designers, educators, evaluators, and technology experts on the theory and practice behind designing inclusive digital interactive programs for people with disabilities. Examples include the National Air and Space Museum's efforts to establish a museum-wide standard that ensures consistently accessible and inclusive design of its digital interactives, and the new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum's planning, design, and testing of its interactives and media. "[T]ruly inclusive design requires a shift in attitude and the design development process," the report's introduction states. "Designers have to rethink how interactives' content, approach, and use of technology are molded into a program and reconsider who the audience is and what it means to enable everyone to have access to the information presented. Museums must begin the design process with inclusion as a primary goal and consider not only who is the targeted audience but also who is being left out and how to remedy that exclusion."
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