The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is seeking new members for its Accessibility Advisory Committee. Committee member selections will take place between now and April 12, 2013. This is an unpaid, volunteer position.
The ROM views access to its research, collections, exhibitions, programs and services as one of its primary and defining responsibilities. The ROM recognizes the diversity of its audience and the Museum is committed to removing barriers to participation extending the reach of the ROM to a greater diversity of visitors. We take as a basic tenet that increasing accessibility for people with disabilities increases accessibility for everyone. To learn more about the ROM and its commitment to access, visit: http://www.rom.on.ca/en/visit-us/accessibility
What is the ROM Accessibility Advisory Committee?
The Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) is a volunteer-based committee at the Royal Ontario Museum that advises the Museum on issues of access. Guided by the goals of the Museum, the committee provides feedback on the building, exhibitions, publications, programs, marketing, communication, and visitor experience. The ROM AAC believes that through increased access and participation the Museums can be an essential resource that contributes to community building. We take as a basic tenet that increasing accessibility for people with disabilities increases accessibility for everyone.
What is the role of the ROM Accessibility Advisory Committee?
The ROM AAC is composed of fourteen (14) volunteer representatives from the community that represent a spectrum of disabilities. Members share their own personal experience with disabilities, special expertise, professional experience, community leadership dedication and/or commitment to accessibility advocacy, with the Museum. The committee is responsible for:
- Advising the ROM on the implementation of accessibility practices.
- Reviewing existing and emerging accessibility initiatives and tabling ideas for consideration.
- Reviewing and offer feedback on the design of future exhibitions.
- Maintaining an awareness of user needs to support and respond to changing community requirements.
- Acting as ambassadors of the ROM and its mission, vision and principles.
ROM ACC members must:
- Attend six (6) ROM AAC meetings, occurring the first Thursday of the month, every two (2) months, at the Royal Ontario Museum.
- Be willing to contribute feedback, reports and/or presentations at ROM AAC meetings.
- Be willing to volunteer for subcommittees evaluating ROM projects and initiatives.
- Be willing to serve a three (3) year term (March 2013 – March 2016) with the possibility of extension.
- Be committed to the ROM mandate and promise and act as Ambassadors by encouraging people with disabilities to visit the Museum.
Preference will be given to candidates who:
- Have personal and/or professional experience with disability/accessibility.
- Demonstrate community leadership.
- Are advocates of accessibility/inclusion.
- Have energy, enthusiasm and passion for culture and/or the ROM.
- Demonstrate insight and active participation.
- Are team players and able to work in a cooperative fashion.
- Have previous committee experience.
Candidates must complete the following steps, in order:
- Contact Martha Kroeker, ROMAAC Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.586-8000 ext.5518 with your name, email address and/or telephone number and accommodation requirements.
- Attend the ROM AAC Open House evening on March 7.
- Submit an application (written or alternate format, such as video, will be accepted) by March 22.
- Attend an interview with the ROM AAC Staff Chair and Community Co-Chair by April 5.
- Successful candidates will be announced by April 12 and attend their first meeting on June 6.