I am an educator with a passion for accessibility and inclusion. I believe everyone has the right to access and enjoy cultural experiences regardless of their abilities or disabilities. I have worked in the museum field for almost 20 years, from education and marketing to event planning and grant writing. The one constant though has been my desire to make museums more accessible to people with disabilities.
In addition to my work in museums, I also teach Accessibility in the Museum for the Johns Hopkins Museum Studies Program and write about accessibility at museums and historic sites. I co-authored The Art of Access: A Practical Guide for Museum Accessibility (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), a practical guide to get you started on your accessibility journey. In addition, I edited An Accessible Past: Making Historic Sites Accessible (Roman & Littlefield, 2023).
Whether you’re about to launch a new project, need advice on expanding access at your museum, or would like a timely tip on access matters big or small - I’m here to help. Contact me today to set up a meeting and find out more about what I can do for you.
I am dedicated to an accessible and inclusive future. A nationally recognized specialist in museum accessibility, and with Heather co-wrote The Art of Access: A Practical Guide for Museum Accessibility, to serve as a resource for individuals wanting to make their museums accessible, regardless of size or budget. I bring over 10 years of experience leading accessibility initiatives at large museums, during which time I have collaborated with project managers, exhibition designers, and curators on installations that harness universal design principles and implement tailored multimodal experiences to connect visitors with an exhibition’s unique storyline.
A unique asset I bring is a strong foundation in community-based work--I endeavor to center community voices in co-visioned projects--which has led to the creation of deep relationships with the Denver disability community. I bring a creative and collaborative approach to projects, tapping into the lived experiences of disabled community members as well as the expertise of other accessibility experts here in our own backyard. Centering the voices of community members, especially those with disabilities, will ensure this reinstallation is relevant, purposeful, and human-centered.
The Art of Access: A Practical Guide for Museum Accessibility by Heather Pressman and Danielle Schulz (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021)
An Accessible Past: Making Historic Sites Accessible edited by Heather Pressman (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023)
Articles & Blogs:
"Equitable Exhibits: Make Your Arts Programming More Accessible to People with Disabilities" - Artwork Archives Blog (Jan. 2023)
"Museum Accessibility: An Art and a Science" - AAM Alliance Blog (Oct. 2022)