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A new  museum experience for people with learning disabilities

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People with learning disabilities who visit the British Museum this week will have the chance to enjoy a unique experience, thanks to work partly based at UEL.

A group local adults with learning disabilities working with RIX Centre Research and Media Director, Andy Minnion, and Reading University, have developed interactive multisensory artworks that respond to the museum’s collections.

The Sensory Objects project is at Enlightenment Gallery at the museum this Wednesday (11 February).

Work began on the project last summer and has involved several visits to the Museum. The group drew maps and used software to make it easier for them to visit and enjoy the museum, documenting the process using multimedia in a series of wikis.

Andy Minnion has spent the last ten developing multi-media content and technology (called multi-media advocacy) to assist people with learning disabilities.  This work has focused on the co-creation and the co-development of the content and technology with the local communities.

The software uses social and web media in an innovative approach to support people with learning disabilities and their families.  This is reducing the dependencies of those affected as this pioneering technology around healthcare and social care is enabling self-driven support, where people can manage their own care.

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The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.