In consultation with and some writing by the Longmore Institute, our audio description was done by an accessible media company called AudioEyes, which relies on professionals with disabilities who know "both sides" of this business and that has blind professionals review every description.
The victory speeches featured at the telephone booth kiosk were interpreted by Joe Quinn with Partners in Communication. Selecting Quinn as our interpreter was no coincidence; he participated in the 504 occupation, staying in the building and volunteering as an interpreter throughout the entire sit-in. Sherry Hicks, an extraordinary artist who has developed improvisation in ASL storytelling, interpreted our mural-inspired poems and the 1977 protest songs. Read her full bio.
"Competing accommodations" refers to when the completely valid needs of two people or groups conflict with one another and sometimes even cancel each other out. For example, the curb cut-outs that make it so easy for wheelchair riders to get around pose challenges for blind travelers who rely on curbs to know when they're in the street. Sometimes there are compromises: that's why curb cuts have the bumpy yellow domes. But other times, such as when one person needs lights to be bright in order to see and another needs them dim so they aren't over-stimulated, it's harder. Even when compromise seems impossible, good conversations can result. Not every part of the exhibit can be accessible to everyone all the time, but we aimed for balance.
We're always trying to push the boundaries and provoke new thinking. Contact us with your ideas, and don’t forget to support the Longmore Institute's many endeavors. Your contributions will be especially critical as we take our access messages to more people through our education and outreach programs.
After a 7 month run at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley and 3 months at the San Francisco Public Main Library, the main exhibit has returned to storage. To see the traveling version of Patient No More, visit Exhibit Envoy!
Pink Palace Museum, Memphis, TN: November 8, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Miami University, Miami, OH: February 28 – April 25, 2021
East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College, Kilgore, TX: August 22 – October 17, 2021
Museum on Main, Pleasonton, CA: April 3 – May 29, 2022
Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, MN: March 25 – June 11, 2023