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New exhibition app to aid hard of hearing

13 Dec 2012

As part of Disability Awareness Week the State Government announced people who are deaf or hard of hearing will have unprecedented access to the Western Australian Museum’s latest international exhibition, with the introduction of an interactive smartphone tour.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said a new smartphone application would be available for Unveiled: 200 years of wedding glamour, which opens Saturday at the WA Museum. 

“The museum is the first organisation in WA to provide a fully accessible audio tour with Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and captioned text which can be downloaded on to smartphones or tablets,” Mr Day said.

“The Government is committed to making culture and the arts accessible to all West Australians and the introduction of the Unveiled smartphone app is a very positive step towards ensuring everyone in the community is able to engage with museum exhibitions.”

The Minister said the free smartphone app provided information about the wedding dresses featured in the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition, with commentary from the exhibition’s curator, Edwina Ehrman.

“While the smartphone tour has been developed for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, the application is available to download for all visitors,” he said.

“The additional content presented by Ms Ehrman gives unique insights and stories to the Unveiled wedding dresses.

“All agencies in the culture and arts portfolio have adopted a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan to ensure access to services and collections reach the widest possible audience.

 “The State Government’s cultural agencies are leading the way in providing comprehensive access and contemporary content to all visitors.”

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