Multiple Awards Received By Homestead National Monument of America's Audio Description Tour
Contact: Merrith Baughman, 402-223-3514
Homestead National Monument of America's was recently honored with two different awards, both for its new audio description tour at the Homestead Heritage Center. The tour delivers a verbal transcript of all text and descriptions of all photographs and objects found in the Heritage Center's 24 indoor and outdoor exhibits so that visitors that are blind or visually impaired can experience them. This audio description tour is part of the monument's efforts to make its services and programs fully accessible to all Americans.
On October 14, 2010, the monument received a National Park Service National Accessibility Achievement Award. The monument's award is for "Interpretive Design Project Achievement - Making Exhibits and Waysides Accessible." What most impressed the National Park Service's award committee was the staff's collaboration with members of the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired to create a tour that is multilayered so the user decides what they want to learn about.
On October 30, 2010, the monument received the James D. Walker Memorial Award from the National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska at the organization's state convention. In presenting the award Jeff Altman, from the National Federation of the Blind, stated, "The James D. Walker Award is presented to individuals and organizations outside the National Federation of the Blind who have demonstrated a very strong desire to improve the lives of the blind."
"We are very honored to receive both awards," said Park Superintendent Mark Engler. "We hope that the recognition helps get the word out that the monument has an excellent audio description tour that will assist visitors that are blind or visually impaired learn about the homesteading story."
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Did You Know?
The Homestead Act of 1862, which gave away 160 acre claims, was repealed in the lower 48 states in 1976. In Alaska, claims could be filed up to 1986! More...