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Museum Access

From 1978 -June 2002 Eleanor Rubin was Coordinator of Access for People with Disabilities for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. During the nearly 25 years Rubin was at the MFA, Boston, her work became a standard in the field and garnered many access awards for the Museum. Not only did the American Association of Museums, (AAM) present the MFA with their first ever award for excellence, (1995) based on Rubin's work, but the Museum also won local honors from Vision Community Services of Boston, (2000) for her work towards arts access for people who are blind. Eleanor Rubin was a presenter at the 2002 Museums and the Web National Conference where she spoke about making Museum Web Sites accessible. Rubin continues her involvement in access at the MFA by being an active member of the Museum's Access Advisory Board.

http://www.archimuse.com/mw2002/abstracts/prg_170000638.html

During her tenure at the MFA she was a frequently asked to be a panelist at national conferences. Over the years she made presentations at AAM conferences in San Diego, New Orleans, Baltimore, Denver, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Minneapolis Boston and Los Angeles.

The staff training publications she wrote have had an impact on the Museum field. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's "Access Brochure for Visitors with Disabilities" is cited in the "best practices section of the access information offered on line by the Association of Science and Technology Centers."

http://www.astc.org/resource/access/guidtips.htm

The programs Rubin created at the Museum continue to be outstanding and current information is available at:

http://www.mfa.org/education/accessprograms.htm

Link to 2002 interview with Eleanor Rubin re Museum Access

http://www.vsamass.org/cultural/newsletter-online.htm#Eleanor