JFS staff enjoyed a field trip to the exhibition Access+Ability, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, featuring research and designs developed over the past decade with and by people who span a range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities.
The show highlighted innovative tools that allow people to connect with each other and the world around them. Foldable wheelchair wheels, glasses for colorblindness, and even a robotic dog used as a therapeutic device were included in the show that was organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Advances in research and technology-fueled the objects and experiences in the exhibition, which were selected based on input from users, designers, caregivers, activists, researchers, occupational therapists, and neuroscientists.
“People are the most important component of this exhibition,” said Sarah Biggerstaff, Curatorial Assistant at The Nelson-Atkins. “One out of every four individuals has some type of disability, and not all of them are visible. We want to raise awareness, understanding, and empathy with Access+Ability.”