The Generalitat Valenciana and the Town Hall of Villajoyosa launch the course «Museums for all people»

The course, which will be held in Vilamuseu next January 14 and 21, is free and is aimed at technicians, volunteers and politicians directly related to museums and permanent museum collections of the Valencian Community.
For years, Vilamuseu has organized annual courses of internal training on Accessibility and Universal Design in museums, aware that the training of all staff (not only the departments of Education, but also of Conservation and other professionals) is the key to raising awareness and ultimately to success in inclusive politics.
In 2019, at the proposal of the Territorial Directorate of Culture and Sport of Alicante of the Conselleria of Education, Research, Culture and Sport of the Generalitat Valenciana, this offer has been extended jointly with the General Directorate of Culture and Heritage to all Valencian museums , to optimize results and share knowledge. The course is directed by Antonio Espinosa Ruiz (Vilamuseu) and José Antonio López Mira (Territorial Direction of Culture and Sport of the Conselleria of Education, Research, Culture and Sport in Alicante).
This initiative combines external training, thanks to the participation of the ONCE of Alicante, the Federation of the Deaf of the Valencian Community (FESORD), Predif and the Center Les Talaies-ASMIVI, with the so-called In Company Training, given that a large part of the course will be taught by Vilamuseu's staff.
In the In Company Training model, an institution uses the expertise and experience of its own workers to train the rest. In this case, the collective of museums and permanent museographic collections of the whole Valencian Community is treated as a single organism in which one of its members, Vilamuseu, contributes its facilities and its experience, not only in universal accessibility but also in training, since in a smaller and theoretical version Vilamuseu has already taught all its workers, scholarship holders and volunteers before this course on numerous occasions.
The novelty is that this year's course the practical part will be the protagonist, since attendees will learn from techniques and principles of treatment and personal attention, guidance, and museum design (both museographic and about spaces and tours in museums and heritage places) for human diversity, with special emphasis on different disabilities, both visual and auditory, intellectual, physical and organic, and social diversity (with cultural, gender, age, etc. perspectives).
Vilamuseu coordinated in 2014 the most complete manual that exists on accessibility to museums, written by 19 specialists from Spain and Brazil and published by the prestigious Trea publishing house; In 2017, Ibermuseos recognized Vilamuseu as one of the 50 leading museums in sustainability in Latin America, with special mention to its accessibility; and in 2018 it won one of the most important accessibility prizes in the world, the Best Practices in Design for All International Awards, granted by the Design for All Foundation. In 2016, it was the venue of the III International Conference on Education and Accessibility in Museums and Heritage, and since then the director of Vilamuseu was invited to become member of the Permanent Committee that organizes the congress, which in 2019 will hold its 6th edition in Sao Paulo (Brazil).

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