The Museo Reina Sofía’s commitment to universal access comes into being via a series of actions based on the principle “design for all”, which are in response to the idea of diversity, helping to facilitate and enrich the experience of all visitors. As a result, the Museo not only offers a wide range of accessibility services to visitors, but also an education programme that encompasses activities – both inclusive and specialised – geared towards collectives of people with visual and hearing impairments and learning disabilities.
Accessibility programmes for the visually impaired and people with low vision aim to effectively transmit information and aesthetic enjoyment. Therefore, guided tours that are descriptive and tactile have been designed and carried out by educators in the Museo that are trained in these interpretative techniques and who lead and personalise the visits.
Through Spanish Sign Language (LSE) and the use of audio guides such as the hearing loop, the Deaf community has the chance to visit and enjoy the Museo and participate in its programme of activities.
The Museo also has an established range of activities oriented towards Occupational Centres and Special Education Schools. These activities are designed jointly with professionals from other disciplines, such as dance, circus and theatre, and aim to generate comprehensive aesthetic and open experiences for diverse participants since they involve proposals that add value to everybody’s common skills.
Finally, the Museo believes accommodating artists with disabilities is essential – precisely as it has been fostered in recent editions of International Museum Day (18 May). In this way, a culture that is inclusive and for everyone is generated among communities of people with disabilities when they come into contact with the works inside the Museo.