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SCSM Completes Accessibility Renovation Project with Lead Donation from Aflac

All museum public restrooms now fully ADA accessible; Wellness and mother’s rooms added

Thanks to generous support from the State legislature and a $200,000 capital gift from Aflac, the State Museum is more accessible than ever before. All 10 of the museum’s public restrooms are now fully compliant, in accordance with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an important step forward in making the museum accessible to the more than 1.1 million adults and countless children living with a disability in South Carolina.

Aflac’s generous support to this accessibility-focused renovation project also funded two mother’s spaces, located in the women’s restrooms on the first and second floors, to provide privacy and comfort for nursing mothers and a wellness room, located on the first floor, to provide a quiet space for guests to rest and rejuvenate. This renovation project is one of the first and most important steps in the museum’s Reimagine the Experience project, which aims to renew the museum's permanent exhibition galleries and educational spaces, incorporating more immersive experiences and continuing to expand the museum's accessibility focused resources.

By working with partners like Aflac, fellow state agencies and our shared community, together we can ensure those with disabilities can enjoy the museum to the best of their abilities and desires through facility upgrades, disability-adapted resources, special programs and staff training.