Rebecca McGinnis is the Senior Managing Educator for Accessibility at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She and her colleagues are internationally recognized for their pioneering programs for disabled people. Current work includes Crip The Met, an initiative fostering the inclusion of disability narratives in museum interpretation that aims to redress deficits and implicit biases in the representation of objects in the collection.
Rebecca’s publications include “Who Does Inclusion Exclude?: Disability and the Limitations of Models of Inclusion” in What We May Be: Art Museums and the Implications of Special Programs (The Clark Art Institute, 2019) and “Islands of Stimulation: Perspectives on the Museum Experience, Present and Future” in The Multisensory Museum: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Touch, Sound, Smell, Memory, and Space (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).
Rebecca co-convened with Art Beyond Sight the Multimodal Approaches to Learning conference (2005, 2007, 2009, 2012) and was a founding member and co-chair of the Museum Access Consortium (2000-2012). She teaches Accessibility in the Museum in Johns Hopkins University’s Museum Studies MA program. She holds MAs in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and in Museum Studies from Leicester University (UK), and has completed doctoral work in Cognitive Psychology at Teachers College Columbia University.