The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York opened in May 2014 and has welcomed over fifteen million visitors in its first five years of operation. As Director of Access Programmes, Emmanuel works closely with and provides guidance to cross-departmental senior-level staff to ensure that the 9/11 Memorial Museum is an accessible, inclusive, and welcoming space for visitors and employees with disabilities and other underrepresented communities.
In addition to this full-time position, he works as a consultant, professional development trainer, or contractual educator at different museums in New York and other cities, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For his work, Emmanuel received the 2016 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Award for Emerging Leaders from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Emmanuel has also presented and offered professional development workshops at local, national, and international conferences. Emmanuel’s presentations and training focus on topics including museum accessibility and inclusion, programming and resources for visitors with disabilities, and disability awareness.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum bears solemn witness to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. Respecting this site made sacred through loss, the Memorial and Museum remembers and honors the nearly 3,000 victims of these attacks and all those who risked their lives to save others. It further recognises the thousands who survived and all who manifested extraordinary compassion and leadership in the wake of the attacks. Demonstrating the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and its impact on communities at the local, national, and international levels, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum attests to the triumph of human dignity over human depravity and affirms an unwavering commitment to the fundamental value of human life.