For decades, creating a strategy that includes the blind and sight impaired in the museum experience has been difficult as no technology existed that satisfactorily simulated vision.
At the heart of the issue is what technology can satisfactorily provide the blind with equal access and cultural inclusion to art and photography.
Neuroscientist Paul Bach y Rita, in his research into neuroplasticity, tells us that, “The brain is able to use information coming from the skin as if it were coming from the eyes.” And that, “We don’t see with the eyes or hear with the ears, these are just the receptors, seeing and hearing in fact goes on in the brain.”
3DPhotoWorks Tactile Fine Art Prints allow blind and sight impaired museum visitors to capture visual information on there own. There is no need for a docent or a friend to “help” them “see”.
A blind museum visitor explains that when she captures visual information on her own, that represents, “Freedom, Independence and Equality” over her blindness.