Recently, France’s Musée National du Sport added an adaptive sport display. Victoria Gaiech, Francois Dumont, Gabrielich Serge and Sandrine Filippini were part of a delegation from Anices Handisport who today traveled to the museum to view the official opening of the display.
The display features blockout goggles for torball, and a medal from the French hosted 2001 European Cup. It is located near other displays featuring rugby and football. The inclusion of adaptive sports came about as a result of two years of work by Fondation EDF, who seek to promote access to culture for everyone in French society. The adaptive sport display will be part of the museum’s permanent collection that they have on display. Parts of the exhibit include tactile display, along with sensory tablets and braille explanations. These are part of the effort to make the exhibit accessible to everyone.
The museum has already won an award for their work, “Prix Patrimoines Pour Tous”. It was awarded in January of this year by France’s Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication for “an excellent approach to generalized access to heritage sites for people with motor disabilities, visual, hearing or mental disabilities.”