Understanding Curators' Practices and Challenges of Making Exhibitions More Accessible for Blind and Low Vision People
Yuru Huang#, Jingling Zhang#, Xiaofu Jin, Mingming Fan*
Assistive technologies are increasingly developed and applied in the exhibition environment to help blind and low vision (BLV) people deal with the challenges they face when visiting exhibitions. While studies have examined the experiences of BLV people using these technologies, virtually no studies have examined the experiences and challenges of curators incorporating visually impaired assistive technologies into exhibitions to achieve accessible exhibitions. This research focuses on HCI accessible technologies for BLV people in exhibitions from a curatorial perspective. Twenty-two experienced curators were interviewed. The study results show four critical themes related to curators' challenges of making exhibitions more accessible to BLV people. Given these challenges, we further identify a vicious circle, which prevents curators from making exhibitions more accessible to BLV people, and discuss possible ways to support curators in making exhibitions more accessible to BLV people.