Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students Advise Boston Museum Research Team

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One of the world's largest science centers invited CAPS DHHP students to come explore and provide feedback on exhibit inclusivity. Their suggestions may effect close to a million visitors!

DHHP Advocacy Could Reach Close to a Million Museum Visitors

“The opportunity the Museum of Science gave us to self-advocate
made me feel like I was heard and that I have a strong and important voice.”
-Lucy Howard-Karp, DHHP Student

Recently, the Boston Museum of Science – one of the world’s largest science centers – invited Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) students to come explore their exhibits. The goal was to get their feedback to help improve exhibit inclusivity.

Nineteen middle and high school DHHP students explored and tested a variety of exhibits, looking for ways to enhance the experience for the deaf community. In particular, they focused on exhibits related to artificial intelligence and mental health. They shared valuable first-hand insights with the Museum’s Research and Evaluation team, who can then help make adjustments.

The museum sees close to a million annual visitors, meaning our student’s feedback carries enormous positive impact. We’re beyond proud they took the opportunity to advocate for themselves and the deaf community on such a large scale.

One of the Museums leading values is to “pursue equity and celebrate every person for who they are, [fostering] an inclusive environment in which [they] value and respect diversity.” Thank you, Boston Museum of Science, for ensuring those most affected by inclusivity issues are part of your process.

For reactions from students and staff about their experience, check out the official press release from the Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives.