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CMHR Wins Gold Award for Inclusion

December 9, 2016 11:07 AM | Entertainment

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has won an award for its efforts in making the museum an inclusive environment for visitors of all abilities. (CMHR / HANDOUTS)

WINNIPEG — The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has won an award for inclusion surrounding its efforts to create a rich museum experience for people of all abilities.

The prestigious Gold Award from the International Association of Universal Design (IAUD) was presented on Friday at a ceremony in Nagoya, Japan.

The award is presented annually for outstanding contributions towards building an inclusive world where everyone can live together comfortably and without barriers to participation in daily life, regardless of ability, age, gender, ethnicity or other factors.

“We committed to a ‘design-for-all’ approach at the earliest stages in our development, and our standards continue to evolve as we work with the disability community and our visitors, learning what works and what doesn’t,” said CMHR president and CEO John Young.

Events will be held at the museum on Saturday, December 10, focusing on inclusion and accessibility for people of all abilities for International Human Rights Day. Admission is free all day and includes demonstrations of assistive technology used by people who are blind or non-verbal, a guide dog presentation, and performances by a Deaf mime troupe and an all-abilities dance group. Sign-language interpreters and touch-signal intervenors (who assist people who are Deaf-blind) will be positioned throughout the building.