Problems facing the physically handicapped School children in accessing Kisumu Museum, Kenya
The aim of this study was to investigate the various problems that face the physically handicapped in accessing and enjoying museum facilities at Kisumu Museum. The research subjects were the pupils and students of Joy Land School. Data was collected using a structured questionnaire and a key informant interview guide. It was found that obstacles ranged from bad roads, lack of museum assistants, inaccessibility of exhibition facilities, uneven landscape and lack of information on many of the museum exhibitions. These were found to interfere with both the physical and intellectual accessibility of the physically handicapped. It was suggested that all roads leading to museum facilities should be paved to improve accessibility. It is therefore recommended that the landscape of the museum be flattened, and the interior design of the facilities be improved to take care of the special needs of the physically handicapped. It is also recommended that enough trained education assistants be employed to assist and tour-guide these visitors. Lastly, it is recommended that the NMK develop a policy that guides development of the museum in catering for the visitors with special needs.