Need a sign-language tour of the National Gallery of Art? Know a visually-impaired person who'd like to touch selected sculptures at the Hirshhorn? Want to find a stairless entrance to the Museum of Natural History?
The Smithsonian Institution's new Guide for Disabled People contains information on everything from transportation and tours to telephones and water fountains for the handicapped at 13 Smithsonian museums. The National Zoo, the National Gallery of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt in New York are among the facilities described.
Issued cooperatively by the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped and the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Public Affairs, the 25-page booklet is believed to be the first comprehensive publication of its kind on a major U.S. cultural institution.
"This marks a milestone in the integration and acceptance of handicapped people into the mainstream of American life," said White House domestic policy attorney Diana Elmes at a publication reception last week.
"I look forward to enjoying much more of my city of Washington via this guide," added Elmes, speaking from her motorized wheelchair. "Hopefully, the guide will serve as a model to other cities in letting the handicapped know that they are welcomed."
Single copies of the booklet are available free from the Smithsonian's Visitor information and Associates Reception Center, Washington, D.C. 20560 or the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, Washington, D.C. 20210. Copies are available at information desks throughout the Smithsonian and may be requested through the Smithsonian's TTY number -- 361-4448.