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Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014

Accessibility Seminar in Milan


On January 13, 2014, a special program created by The Hyde Collection’s education department was included as a model in a seminar and training course for cultural workers entitled Accessibility to Cultural Institution by People with Cognitive Disabilities that took place in Milan, Italy.  Organized by the Design Museums, Libraries, Archives and Heritage Superintendence Library, The Hyde’s Here and Now program was highlighted as a successful model in reaching visitors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive restrictions.

The other institutions included were The Kimball, Fort Worth, Texas; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, Illinois; The Guggenheim, New York, New York; Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany; Museum M, Belgium; The Smithsonian, Washington DC; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Art, Madrid, Spain; Museo Archeologicao e Museum di Scienze Naturali, Bergamo, Italy; Museo degli Strumenti musicali del Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy; Museo Archeologico, Milan, Italy; and the Museum Etnografico, Alessandria, Italy.

When asked about being included as a model program, curator of educator June Leary said, “We are so honored to be recognized as an important contributor in this field. The program is being enjoyed by approximately 50 people monthly, and we have heard it is improving quality of life for the participants in terms of elevated mood and ability to converse.

Here and Now is sponsored by the Alfred Z. Solomon Foundation and the South Glens Falls Education Foundation.  For more information, contact June Leary at 518-792-1761, ext. 327 or



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