Many museums in central Europe encounter difficulties in adapting to the “for all” concept because of a lack of organisational knowledge and of limited financial resources, both for investments and adequate promotion. Cooperating for open access to museums towards a wider inclusion (COME-IN!) tackles this by increasing the capacities of small- and medium-sized museums by making them accessible to a wider public of people with different kinds of disabilities.

COME-IN! will coordinate a multi-faceted network of museums, disability associations, academic representatives, training institutions and policy makers, that will jointly define an innovative strategic approach on how to promote the accessibility to museums - in order to make them more attractive for the public.

Transnational high-level standards will be discussed and established and know-how transfer structured. The COME-IN! guidelines for organising an accessible collection/exhibition and the training handbook for museum operators will be elaborated and tested along its network. Pilot actions and training to operators will be performed and their results in terms of increased visibility studied. Based on the gained experience, an innovative promotional tool, the COME-IN! label for awarding museums complying with its accessibility standards, will be developed and initially conferred to the museums of the network. The COME-IN! label will be promoted at transnational, national and local level, in central Europe and beyond, thus guaranteeing its sustainability and transferability.

COME-IN! guidelines presentation in Weimar

The Archaeological Museum of Weimar has organised a local event in Weimar on March 12th, 2018 to present COME-IN! Guidelines to the local and regional stakeholders. The guidelines consist in a set of standards helping small and medium museums to become accessible and organise fully accesible exhibitions. The event will be attended by several representatives of local and regional authorities, associations dealing with disabled people, some academics and general public.

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