The National Museum of Roman Art in Merida, an institution under the Spanish Ministry of Culture, has new resources that improve the accessibility of persons with auditory impairment since December 2011. In this museum the visitor will find a wide range of communication devices specifically designed for persons with auditory impairment: sign language guides with connections to personal links of magnetic induction, magnetic loops and audio amplifiers in the events hall, ticket office and museum shop.

The Project is financed by the Orange Foundation and supported by the essential contribution of the CNSE Foundation for Removal of Communication Barriers, a key entity for standardising Spanish sign language. This foundation has carried out the translation of the contents for the guides to this language, as well as the subtitling tasks.

This service adds to the normal audioguides, allowing the entire access of deaf persons to the collection on show at the museum.

The sign language guide starts with a welcome message, after which the visitor can discover how the device works. The content of the visit is structured on several core topics about life in Roman Spain. The main menu offers other options, such as a glossary of art terms, Roman history and mythology, a section dedicated to the history of the building which was designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, and finally a section with information on the schedules, services and activities of the museum.

Source: Solidaridad Digital / El Periódico de Extremadura 

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