Access Smithsonian is a catalyst for consistent and integrated inclusive design that provides meaningful access to the Smithsonian Institution museums and content for visitors with disabilities.
To be recognized for excellence as an Institutional and international resource for inclusive museum facilities, programs, and services. People with disabilities who visit will view the Smithsonian Institution as relevant, accessible, and valuable.
- Policy, Practices, and Procedures
- Training and Education
- Community Engagement
- Inclusive Design
- Access Services
Access SmithsonianEmail: Access@si.eduPhone: 202-633-2921 (voice)Mailing Address:PO Box 37012National Museum of American History, Room 1050, MRC 607Washington, DC 20013
Beth Ziebarth has a personal interest and professional responsibility in advocacy for people with disabilities. She currently serves as the director of Access Smithsonian. In her position, Beth develops and implements accessibility policy and guidelines for the Institution’s 19 museums, the National Zoo, and nine research centers, ensuring that the Smithsonian’s 30 million annual visitors experience a welcoming environment that accommodates individuals of all ages and abilities. Her work includes staff training on accessibility and disability topics, facility and program technical assistance, direct accessibility services, outreach and collaboration, and five signature programs for people with disabilities.
Ashley Grady, Senior Program Specialist
Ashley Grady is the Senior Program Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution in the Access Smithsonian office where she manages programs for families of children with disabilities, adults with dementia, and young adults with intellectual disabilities seeking employment. Prior to working at the Smithsonian, Ashley was a special education teacher in Washington, DC and Nashville, TN. She holds a Masters degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University, and was awarded the Leadership in Arts and Disabilities Community Asset Award in 2019.
Emma Cowan-Young, Program Specialist
Emma Cowan-Young is a Program Specialist in the Access Smithsonian office. She manages access services for visitors, such as sign language interpreters and real-time captioning, coordinates the office’s administrative and financial functions, facilitates staff training, and supports Access Smithsonian’s programs. Emma earned a degree in Anthropology and Disability Studies from the University of Washington, followed by a Masters degree in Museum Administration and Nonprofit Management from The George Washington University.