MoMA is committed to making its collection and programming accessible to all audiences. Staff and educator training is an essential aspect of this goal.

Disability equality training resources

MoMA is committed to disability equality, and we work to remove physical, programmatic, and attitudinal barriers within the Museum. At the core of this work are disability equality workshops, in which staff reflect on their own experiences, and learn to identify and transform language, attitudes, and behaviors that negatively impact visitors with disabilities. An important aspect of these workshops is listening to disabled visitors who share a passion for art.

Disability Equality and Museums Series

In this series, you’ll hear firsthand from New Yorkers about their experiences and perspectives on disability equality.

Watch the videos in this series with audio description

Episode 1: Introduction

Episode 2: Meet Julian

Meet Julian, who is in a job training and continuing education program and has autism. He speaks about feeling that he always has to prove himself.

Episode 3: Meet Karla

Meet Karla, a retired professor who has low vision. She discusses what disability equality means to her.

Episode 4: Meet Kevin

Meet Kevin, an artist and academic, who discusses living with an invisible disability.

Episode 5: Meet Luz

Meet Luz, who works at a disability advocacy organization and lives with spina bifida. She speaks about the assumptions people make about wheelchair users.

Episode 6: Meet Michelle

Meet Michelle, an entrepreneur with schizophrenia, and learn why she thinks we should all be talking about mental health.

Episode 7: Meet Nefertiti

Meet Nefertiti, an assistive technology instructor who is blind. She speaks about why her disability is empowering.

Episode 8: Meet Richard

Meet Richard, a composer, who talks about how his hearing loss affects his experience of museums.

Episode 9: Meet Shelly

Meet Shelly, an educator who discusses being proud of her Deaf identity.

Accessibility Training Videos

Learn about MoMA’s approach to accessibility and hear visitors with disabilities speak about what they want from museums.

Watch these videos with audio description
Accessibility Training Video – 26 min. version, captioned
Accessibility Training Video – 3 min. version, captioned

Art discussion video training resources

Learn about planning and implementing art discussion programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease; methods can be applied to any setting or situation.

Art Discussion: Overview
Art Discussion: Background Information
Art Discussion: Educator Preparation
Art Discussion: Leading a Discussion
Art Discussion: Tips and Tools
Art Discussion: Full Program

Art-making video training resources

Learn about planning and implementing art-making programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease; methods can be applied to any setting or situation.

Art Making: Overview
Art Making: Background Information
Art Making: Educator Preparation
Art Making: Leading a Project
Art Making: Tips and Tools
Art Making: Full Program

Volkswagen of America is proud to be MoMA’s lead partner of education.

Access and Community Programs are supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Major support is provided by The Taft Foundation and by the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Fund for Older Adults at MoMA in honor of Agnes Gund.

Additional funding is provided by the Estate of Gordon M. Pradl, the Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust, Allene Reuss Memorial Trust, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., The Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation, Megara Foundation, Langer Family Fund of the New York Community Trust, Von Seebeck-Share B. Charitable Trust, Karen Bedrosian Richardson, Frank J. Antun Foundation, and the Annual Education Fund.