According to the italian blind people organisation, there are just few heritage and archeological sites wich are accessible for people with this disability. This is why the project of the four Rotary Clubs of Friuli has started.
The initiative aims to supply the local museums (Museo Carnico delle Arti Popolari “Michele Gortani” of Tolmezzo, Museo Cristiano and Tesoro del Duomo in Cividale del Friuli, Museo etnografico of Palazzo Veneziano in Malborghetto, Museo civico of Palazzo Elti in Gemona del Friuli) with an innovative service in order to help visitors with special needs.
On Sunday 25th of June at 11 am, in front of the local authorities, the Rotary District 2060 Governator, the clubs’ presidents and members, Pordenone italian blind and visually impaired organisation members, the first installation of the project “Vedere il Museo” at the Carnico Museum of Traditional Arts “Michele Gortani” in Tolmezzo (Udine) will be launched. The Museum will be open to all interested visitors free of charge on this occasion.
“The App has been designed to be easily used by people with visual deficit” says Susanna Avossa, Designer UX/UI of NearIT. “Each content is associated to a different bright colour. We haven’t used writing on the display but just visual references. The graphic interface has been thoughts as Design for All: this is not just for blind people, but also aged people and partially sighted visitors can take advantage of this solution”.
Every museum involved will be able to create and change its own contents by itself through the NearIT platform. Every “recipe” starts from a museum textual content audio render. Each content is linked to a room and to a Bluetooth beacon.
Nearby a beacon the smartphone vibrate and, by touching the screen, the audio description starts. After another tap the description stops.