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Out From Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember

Design Requirements

Adams + Associates was approached by a co-curator and associate professor at Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies to consult on turning students projects into a professionally designed travelling exhibition. The 13-project installation on the subject of disability was an opportunity to set an example for future accessibility projects. Factors such as traffic flow, artifact display heights, table heights, language and legibility were all considered.

Design Solution

Adams + Associates worked to overcome the challenges of making this exhibit as accessible as possible. The writing style was succinct and used plain language. Legibility for sight-impaired viewers was addressed with a clean, humanist font laid out in high-contrast dark gray on a white background. Special attention was paid to font size, leading and spacing. Traffic flow was also key. The rotation radius of a wheelchair was accounted for, as well as the accessibility of artifact display heights. When shown at the Royal Ontario Museum, the exhibit included special features such as a video podcast of all text in American Sign Language, audio podcasts with detailed visual descriptions and touch stations profiling selected objects.


Design Firm

Adams + Associates


Debbie Adams RGD


Ryerson University – School of Disability Studies