SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As part of its commitment to accessibility, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will offer special services for the Deaf community on the afternoon of March 9.
From 4-6 p.m., sign-language interpreters will be on hand to assist any visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing. Theatrical presentations will include interpreters. Labels throughout the museum will describe sound effects that enrich the visitor experience, and closed captioning will be available in some spots.
Admission will be free to all visitors during the two-hour special event, which is part of the ALPLM’s “Abe for All” initiative.
In addition to enjoying a fuller experience, guests will be invited to submit suggestions on how the ALPLM can improve in the future. Feedback from last year’s event led to QR codes being added to displays so people can quickly access more written information.
“We’re eager to learn how the ALPLM can better serve the Deaf community,” said Christina Shutt, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “Every American should have the opportunity to fully appreciate Lincoln’s legacy, and that’s why we are committed to improving accessibility for all.”
The mission of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is to inspire civic engagement through the diverse lens of Illinois history and sharing with the world the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. We pursue this mission through a combination of rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship built on the bedrock of the ALPLM’s unparalleled collection of historical materials.
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