Access Features

Beginning with the initial planning, we approached our Patient No More exhibit as an opportunity to be creative. We wanted visitors with different disabilities to get as much as possible out of their experience. And now, thanks to these access features, we hope that everyone will be able to discover something new, whether you need them or not.

As you navigate the exhibit and discover its various access features, if you have suggestions that would enhance your experience, we want to hear from you: pklinst@sfsu.edu. Access remains a work in progress for all of us. It’s an exciting opportunity to rethink how information is conveyed, and a new way of communicating that sometimes has unintended consequences. Let's all learn together!

To read our FAQ about the exhibit's accessibility, Visit click here.

We set up the main exhibit so that you can visit the kiosks in any order and at your own pace. And if you return multiple times, you might discover something new just by following a different path. Whatever you do, don't miss the introductory panels and video in the rotunda.

In addition to the access options mentioned below, you might enjoy a docent-guided tour. Check out the exhibit calendar to learn about upcoming options.

An audio guide can be accessed using a smartphone or computer. It provides audio description and reads all text.

For Braille readers, throughout the main exhibit there is a Braille rail (unified English braille), and occasional Braille booklets for longer text. On the rail you will find a few extras – read closely and amaze the non-Braille reading world! If you don't read Braille, consider enjoying the exhibit with someone who does. For traveling exhibit attendees, there are two copies of a braille binder located on a table near the exhibit.

We have provided captions for all of our videos. In addition, the main exhibit's telephone station, which includes audio of victory speeches and protest songs from the 504 occupation, includes ASL interpreting to provide a richer experience than reading a transcript. Protest songs and poems were interpreted by Sherry Hicks, who blends the elements of theatre, music, movement and native ability with sign language.
All of our materials are available in Braille, including some extra dots we introduced for Braille readers to share - or not - with their non-Braille reading friends. You can also access the transcript for all of the audio description here.
The San Francisco Public Main Library's 6th floor is accessible by elevators and also has accessible restrooms nearby.
We have built our exhibit using environmentally-friendly materials. The kiosks themselves were off-gased for one month prior to installation. We encourage all visitors to come fragrance free. However, because the building is open to the general public, we can't guarantee 100% compliance.
We planned our exhibit so that you can learn in different ways. You can read the words, you can listen to them via our audio track, available here, or you can read along while you listen. We have followed the Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) policy of using plain language, also called accessible language, for all our writing.

We selected the 6th floor of the Main Library because of the abundance of natural light to illuminate the entire exhibit. There are some ways in which the exhibit may not be fully inclusive to Autistic visitors. The stations include films, which can be activated by the push of a button by any visitor. The exhibit is in a public space, so we are unable to limit the sounds that come from people playing the videos. However, there are quiet areas available throughout the building to get away from sensory overload.

From I-80W take exit 1C toward Civic Center. Use the right 2 lanes to merge onto Harrison. Use the right 2 lanes to merge onto 9th St. Use the right lane to turn slightly right onto Larkin. From 101N, take exit 433C for 9th Street toward Civic Center. Use the left 3 lanes to turn left onto 9th St. Use the right lane to turn slightly right onto Larkin St. Street parking and public parking lots are available.