Accessibility at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

Accessibility at the Canada Science and Technology Museum


Welcome to the Canada Science and Technology Museum where for the past three years accessibility has been a
major priority as we rebuild Canada’s National Museum of Science and
Technology in designing the new museum we focused on making the overall
experience as barrier-free as possible for as many needs as possible people
with disabilities and the technologies developed for and by them are featured
in exhibitions throughout the museum the exhibition’s were developed according to
our own accessibility standards while the buildings design was inspired by the
city of Ottawa’s design standards for accessibility we are very proud of the
museum has received the highest level of certification by the Rick Hansen
foundation for accessibility accessibility is integrated into the
design of the museum’s built environment the museum features level floors a
snowmelt system and accessible seating Pro the auditorium and demo stage are
equipped with an assistive listening system for visitors with hearing loss
visitors with hearing impairments can borrow a neck loop at the admission desk
the exhibitions keep accessibility standards at the forefront of their
design this includes the height of text color contrasts and the legibility of
text exhibitions incorporate sound smell touch and sight to create a
multi-sensory experience for people of all abilities a new smartphone
wayfinding system for people with visual impairments called ketta access is
offered for museum visitors this is the first time this app has been used by a
museum for the comfort of visitors accessibility has also been worked into
our services and amenities breastfeeding is permitted anywhere in the museum
however the quiet space is needed there’s a family care room just off the
zoo mini area there is a gender-neutral Universal washroom equipped with an
adult size change table and a motorized lift the museum offers free admission to
one support person accompanying a person with disabilities service animals such
as guide dogs and hearing dogs are always welcome one of our most important
and rewarding pieces in regards to our work on accessibility has been the
internet culture that’s been building that’s not only aware of but responsive
to all the opportunities that our accessibility work presents our team has
been building from the bottom up and the top down it’s coming together but we
also have work to do to share our knowledge and experiences with others
across in Genea our broader corporation which includes the Canada aviation and
Space Museum and the Canada agriculture and food museum we’re proud
of the work we’ve done to make our museum experience more meaningful for
everyone come visit us soon we hope you’ll be inspired