Making People, Places, & History Accessible to the Blind and Disabled

In January 2021, Getty Images, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and 3DPhotoWorks/Tactile Images created a historic partnership to deliver more than 45 million tactile images and $500,000 in grant funding to the world's blind and disabled in museums and institutions worldwide.

Join the Movement

Getty Images, the NFB, and Tactile Images are making people, places, and history accessible to the blind and disabled. Learn how your institution can participate and benefit.

Statue in the entryway to a museum.

Learn more about how museum professionals are using tactile images.

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Tactile images are changing the lives of the blind and disabled. Learn more about their experiences.

Attend the Presentation

This presentation highlights tactile imaging technology and experiences which allow individuals who are blind and disabled to develop an intimate connection with a wide range of visual and graphic material. Panelists will discuss the opportunities in making the visual experience multisensory across modalities, create inclusion and accessibility irrespective of ability/disability, provide unique educational perspectives, and discuss current grant funding opportunities for tactile exhibitions.

Attend the presentation & receive a sample tactile images kit.

Moderator

Corey Timpson

Principal, Corey Timpson Design Inc.

Corey Timpson is an active collaborator and thought leader in multisensory experience design, digital media, and museological discourses. 

As Vice President, Exhibition, Research, and Design, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), Corey was responsible for the direction and oversight of exhibition programs, research and curation, design and production across all media, digital platforms, and collections. As the project director for the design-build of the CMHR, his focus was on collecting and interpreting difficult knowledge and presenting it through a multisensory, inclusive, transmedia storytelling approach. Corey also championed the creation of and directed the Museum’s internationally recognized inclusive design and accessibility practices. 

Now a consultant having collaborated with over 80 museums internationally, Corey’s primary focus is to facilitate meaningful experiences among audiences (on-site and online) through mixed-media, digital technology, multisensory and inclusive, dialogic design. Emphasizing museological due diligence, his design leadership has accounted for over 30 international awards in the fields of environmental, exhibition, and graphic design, digital and interactive media, digital systems design, film and linear media, and universal design.

Panelists

Janet LaBreck

Former Obama Administration Commissioner
Co-Founder, Synergy Consulting Partners

In February of 2013, President Barack Obama announced some key administration posts, including his intent to nominate Janet L. LaBreck, known as a national thought leader and keynote presenter, as the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the United States Department of Education. In August of 2013, LaBreck was confirmed by the United States Senate as the Commissioner of RSA.

RSA was established to provide leadership and resources to assist state and other agencies providing vocational rehabilitation services (VR) to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence, and integration into the community and workforce.

Under her leadership, LaBreck was responsible for promulgating the most substantive national policy regulation changes to the Vocational Rehabilitation program in over 15 years. During the last six years of her 27-year career with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), LaBreck was appointed to serve as Commissioner by Former Governor Duval Patrick until her transition to Washington, D.C. in 2013. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Optometry from New England College of Optometry (NECO) for her innovative partnership, which resulted in the establishment of a mobile eye care clinic for individuals with low vision conditions. In 2017, NECO dedicated the Janet L. LaBreck Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation in her honor in recognition of her commitment and dedication to the field of blindness. Most recently, LaBreck has established Janet L. LaBreck Consulting LLC in addition to becoming the Co-Founder of Synergy Consulting Partners. She is also a Respectability and National Braille Press board member.

Mark Riccobono

President, National Federation of the Blind

Born in Milwaukee, WI, Mark Riccobono was diagnosed with glaucoma and aniridia at age five. Nonetheless, Mark attended public schools, graduating with honors while active in debate and track. On July 5, 2014, the National Federation of the Blind elected Mark to serve as its president. The election took place at the national convention of the National Federation of the Blind, held in Orlando, Florida.

Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He became a member of its Iron Cross honor society and was the founding president of the Wisconsin Association of Blind Students. During his senior year, Mark was elected president of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Wisconsin.

After graduation, Mark joined the Sears executive trainee program and spent his free time advocating for the blind. Then he was appointed to the Wisconsin State Superintendent’s Blind and Visual Impairment Education Council and made the first director of the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, an agency responsible for statewide services to blind children. Afterward, he took a position in Baltimore with the NFB and earned a Master of Science in Educational Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies in Business and Education.

Mark served as the executive director of the NFB Jernigan Institute—the only research and training institute developed and directed by the blind. In 2010-2011, Mark served as an appointed member of the Federal Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) in Postsecondary Education. And in January 2011 at the Daytona International Speedway, Mark navigated a car equipped with nonvisual technology for 1.5 miles, demonstrating the first time a blind individual has driven a street vehicle in public without the assistance of a sighted person. In early 2011, the University of Wisconsin Alumni recognized Mark’s accomplishments by naming him as one of their Forward Under 40 Award recipients. In 2010-2011, Mark served as an appointed member of the Federal Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) in Postsecondary Education.

On July 5, 2014, the National Federation of the Blind elected Mark to serve as its president. The election took place at the national convention of the National Federation of the Blind, held in Orlando, Florida.

Mark and his wife, Melissa, have three children, Austin, Oriana, and Elizabeth.

Matt McKibben

PR Manager, The America's, Getty Images

As a PR Manager at Getty Images, Matt McKibben is responsible for overseeing the company's brand, reputation, and communications with the media. Prior to joining Getty Images, Matt worked at DKC, a leading PR firm in New York City, helping a range of clients from celebrities to non-profits refine their brand messaging and media profiles. Matt also worked as a Staff Reporter at the Daily Gazette of Schenectady, covering local news in New York's Capital Region.

Matt has extensive experience in helping brands tell their story through the media and guiding them through crisis situations. Matt is a graduate of the University at Albany and currently lives in Brooklyn.  

Bradley LaMere

Senior Creative Officer and VP of Marketing, Tactile Images and 3DPhotoWorks

Brad is a versatile creative strategist, marketer, and communications professional who possesses over ten years of experience in the education and cultural industries. In his current role, he manages all marketing and communication functions and initiatives for Tactile Images and 3DPhotoWorks and helps oversee its partnership with Getty Images and the National Federation of the Blind.

Before his current position, he was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci), where he provided oversight for the Museum’s traveling exhibition program. Prior to miSci, he was the Manager of Graduate Marketing Communications at Clarkson University’s Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, NY. In this capacity, he oversaw the development and implementation of engaging content to support and enhance specific recruitment and enrollment initiatives for over 40 programs within the Graduate School.  

Brad is a 2019 graduate of Georgetown University with a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications, a 2011 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Fine Arts degree, and a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University where he was a Chancellor’s Scholar and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Patty Rhule

Chief Content Officer and Vice President, Freedom Forum

Patty Rhule is Chief Content Officer and Vice President at the Freedom Forum, whose mission is to foster First Amendment freedoms for all.

She previously served as vice president of exhibit development at the Newseum, overseeing the exhibit writing and editing staff, and as project manager and exhibit writer. Before working at the Newseum, she served in a variety of editorial roles at USA TODAY. She was one of USA TODAY’s founding editors.

Getty

Getty Images is one of the most trusted and esteemed sources of visual content in the world, with over 415 million assets including photos, videos, and music, available through its industry-leading sites www.gettyimages.com and www.istock.com. The Getty Images website serves creative, business and media customers in nearly every country in the world and is the first-place people turn to discover, purchase and share powerful visual content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 340,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 160,000 news, sport and entertainment events each year, impactful creative imagery to communicate any commercial concept and the world’s deepest digital archive of historic photography.

Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of still and moving imagery in communication and business, enabling creative ideas to come to life. For company news and announcements, visit our Press Room, and for the stories and inspiration behind our content, visit gettyimages.creativeinsights.com. Find Getty Images on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or download the Getty Images app where you can explore, save and share the world’s best imagery. 

Tactile

Tactile Images is committed to providing tactile experiences for the blind and disabled. These transformative experiences allow for an intimate connection with a wide range of visual and graphic material, especially photography and fine art. Images designed for touch provide the opportunity to acquire visual information independently, without relying on recorded descriptions or the interpretation of a sighted companion. Users can explore the depth and complexity of their favorite artworks and images, often for the first time. Tactile printing is an innovative process patented by 3DPhotoWorks, the parent company of Tactile Images, which converts any image into a three-dimensional tactile print that blind and disabled individuals assemble in their mind's eye through touch, sound, and smell. Customized audio narratives, as well as components that emit unique smells, enhance the experience. Tactile Images' partnership with Getty Images and the National Federation of the Blind reinforces their mission to deliver tactile images to every museum, science center, library, and government agency worldwide. Visit Tactile Images at www.tactileimages.com and via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

NFB

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), headquartered in Baltimore, is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. Founded in 1940, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in the fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. The NFB defends the rights of blind people of all ages and provides information and support to families with blind children, older Americans who are losing vision, and more. We believe in the hopes and dreams of blind people and work together to transform them into reality. Learn more about our many programs and initiatives at www.nfb.org.