MUSEU DE CIÊNCIAS NATURAIS PUC MINAS (MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES)
REFERENCE PROJECT IN ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Although we have implemented about 2 dozen projects for people with visual and hearing disabilities, the PUC Minas Museum project is notable for the quantity and quality of tactile objects available in the exhibition with which visually impaired visitors can interact.
There are 9 points of tactile interaction throughout the exhibition, where the visually impaired visitor can handle diverse objects to help him/her to understand, and get involved with the exhibition.
These include giant sloth claws, a replica of glyptodont, a Tyrannosaurus rex skull and jaw, furs, feathers and leather of the Savannah (Brazilian Cerrado) fauna, and even a replica of the face of Luzia, the oldest human ancestor in the Americas.
The tactile material was carefully chosen and prepared for this special audience, under the consultancy of NEOCULTURA. The audio track guides the visitors with vision disabilities, while handling these objects.