New Social Enterprise Accelerator Helps Area Nonprofits Earn Income to Serve the Community
CRIS Radio one of ten selected
Nonprofit agencies in the Greater Hartford region are facing a perfect storm: reduced government funding, increased demand for services and an uncertain economic forecast. Many organizations … Continue Reading ››
CRIS Radio and the Mark Twain House & Museum are working together to offer visitors with low-vision or other print disabilities a new way to access selected artifacts on exhibit at the museum. Read more.
The Mark Twain House and Museum and CRISAccess have teamed up to provide additional accessibility to the Hartford bard’s old digs. Audio recorded by CRIS volunteers now reads signs from the museum for people with smart devices.
Windsor Lions are becoming regulars at CRIS, as the record materials to be used at the Windsor Agricultural Museum. Integrating the recordings with CRISAccess will provide accessibility to museum guests who may have a print disability.
Windsor Patch- Jan 7, 2017
Windsor Lions To Provide A “Vision Not Required”... A Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum Experience
The Windsor Lions Club is currently working on a centennial project, to install and maintain several narrated tours at Northwest Park. Each tour, comprising of numerous stations, will allow … Continue Reading ››
CRISAccess™ integrates QR Code technology with mobile devices to instantly “link and play” audio recordings of information posted on museum exhibit signs for people who are blind or print-challenged. All the recordings feature human narration. Museum visitors can access the audio files with any mobile device downloaded with a QR Code Reader application.
Studies indicate that only 11 percent of people who are blind or disabled visit museums. CRISAccess aims to change that statistic by improving the overall visitor experience for people with disabilities by offering them easy access to information displayed at exhibits.
Modeled on a focus group convened by the Smithsonian, CRISAccess provides brief audio recordings of the exhibit signage, an audio description of the exhibit, and information about available tactile opportunities at the exhibit. In addition, the recordings are made available on the CRIS website, where visitors can access the exhibit information before and/or after their visit. CRISAccess offers museums a low-cost solution that improves access to museum exhibits for people with disabilities.
CRISAccess™ is part of CRIS Radio’s new Adaptive Audio Accessibility services initiative that promotes access to information at museums for people who have difficulty reading posted signs. Read more.
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