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Lincoln Park Zoo: Input Sessions with People with Cognitive Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or Sensory Sensitivities
January 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
One event on January 4, 2022 at 12:00 pm
One event on January 19, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Lincoln Park Zoo strives to live up to our motto, “For Wildlife. For All.” We also hold to the disability justice mantra of “Nothing About Us Without Us.” This October, the zoo received a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to collaborate with individuals who identify as disabled in the creation of exhibit elements that make visiting the zoo more inclusive, equitable, and just for people with disabilities. We invite you to join us in this work by attending an input session and giving us your feedback, ideas, and challenges.
These input sessions will identify more opportunities where an exhibit installation of some kind – a sign, a tactile item, overhead audio content, an immersive play environment, etc. – can enhance the visitor experience, particularly those who identify as having a disability. In this project, we are not focusing on basic building access (ramps, automatic doors, etc.) but rather the media we use to share animal and conservation content.
We appreciate your candor and creativity as you help us better engage all visitors at Lincoln Park Zoo.
The project kick offs with input sessions where you and other members of disability communities can share your perspective on visiting the zoo, including any challenges and ideas for improvement. After these conversations, we will invite a smaller cohort to partner with us in the creation of three new educational installations on zoo grounds.
SIGN-UP HERE for learning sessions with Lincoln Park Zoo. All sessions held over Zoom.