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Federal Government invests more than R $ 75 million in accessibility of museums

Investment

Ministry of Tourism bet on adaptations to enable exhibitions with audio description and Pounds

About 45 million Brazilians have some kind of disability, which corresponds to 23.9% of the country's population, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). Of these, 3.6% have visual impairment and 1.1% hearing loss. This is a significant portion of people who still live with little access to most cultural products offered in museums and exhibitions.

The Ministry of Tourism has invested in recent years more than R $ 75 million in accessibility works, in addition to supporting the qualification and training of professionals to meet tourists with disabilities.

Therefore, inclusion experiences through skilled care in Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) and audio description equipment and tactile for the blind or people with low vision have shown the importance of accessible tourism.

Visiting the  exhibition  Monumental Art Marianne Peretti,  the National Museum of the Republic, in Brasilia, the  public Luciano Pacheco server was very pleased with the service offered in audio description, essential for blind people as he can experience the art of creative works monumental as the stained glass windows of the Cathedral of Brasilia.  "This is an experience that should become increasingly commonplace in the life of museums." 

Accessible Tourism Guide 

As part of the Program Accessible Tourism, the folder offers the Accessible Tourism Guide, collaborative website where Internet users can evaluate the accessibility of hotels, restaurants and various attractions in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

To date, the site received more than 440,000 hits and 700 ratings. Because it is a collaborative guide, the greater the number of evaluations, will be more complete. The Guide Accessible Tourism is also available through application for phones and tablets, in three languages, and can be downloaded free at the Windows Phone Store, Apple Store and Google Play.

Source: Portal Brazil, with information MTur