Museum Map Project: Museum-based Autism Initiatives

Museum Map Project: Museum-based Autism Initiatives Database of Museum programs for people with Autism. The aim of the Museum Map Project is to increase transparency of access programs across the USA.

Did anyone go to this cool event  at the Museum of Life and Science, NC? andhttps://www.lifeandscience.org/default.aspx?...
02/20/2020
Sensory Friendly Science Friday: Night Under the Stars at 5 General Public, Free for Museum Members

Did anyone go to this cool event at the Museum of Life and Science, NC? andhttps://www.lifeandscience.org/default.aspx?p=138288&evtid=1789783:2/7/2020.
#sensoryfriendlymuseum #sensoryfriendlystars #autisminmuseums

Join us Friday, February 7, for a night of sensory friendly science fun! The Museum will host special evening hours in our Main Building for children and adults with sensory sensitivities. Enjoy all of our indoor exhibits in a sensory friendly environment with support from Museum...

Did you know cities can get autism certified? Check out Mesa, AZ! https://www.visitmesa.com/mesaautismcertifiedtravel/?g...
02/13/2020
Visit Mesa is the Worlds First Autism Certified Destination Marketing Organization | Visit Mesa

Did you know cities can get autism certified? Check out Mesa, AZ! https://www.visitmesa.com/mesaautismcertifiedtravel/?gclid=CjwKCAiAhJTyBRAvEiwAln2qB9NdNqg9qV8u31L-PpcfB5TSSURBagzm-PRQUnBBCwLrOx3O-FlmIRoC808QAvD_BwE #inclusivemuseums #autismeverywhere

Visit Mesa is rolling out the welcome mat for travelers on the spectrum, igniting a movement for autism inclusivity at area businesses. We’re grateful for the momentum and energy from elected officials, community leaders, law enforcement and many more.

Did you know some libraries train staff to better serve customers with autism? http://librariesandautism.org/  What was ...
02/11/2020
Libraries and Autism: We're Connected

Did you know some libraries train staff to better serve customers with autism? http://librariesandautism.org/ What was your most recent experience at a library like?

Libraries and Autism: We're Connected A customer service training video primarily for library staff to help them serve individuals with autism and their families more effectively and provide excellent customer service to patrons with autism spectrum disorder. The video focuses on what you need to kn...

West Philly school for blind, visually impaired gets inclusive playground
02/06/2020
West Philly school for blind, visually impaired gets inclusive playground

West Philly school for blind, visually impaired gets inclusive playground

About one-third of students at West Philly’s Overbrook Educational Center are blind or visually impaired. So when Meredith Foote became the principal in 2014, she had one goal: create an inclusive playground for all students. Read more here.

It is so exciting that Google now has #sensoryfriendly events pop up so easily in searches! Check out this Springfield m...
02/06/2020
Events

It is so exciting that Google now has #sensoryfriendly events pop up so easily in searches! Check out this Springfield museums event !!https://g.co/kgs/YH4HRU #autisminmuseums #inclusivemuseum

02/04/2020

Have you heard of participatory design happening in museums in the United States? Check out this great UK example where autistic children helped to design an app for a museum! #autisminmuseums #inclusivemuseum #design

Top 5 Reasons for Captions In Schools
01/31/2020
Top 5 Reasons for Captions In Schools

Top 5 Reasons for Captions In Schools

If you aren’t currently using captions in your daily life or in your classroom you might be unfamiliar with why we need to provide them. Here are 5 reasons why you should turn them on today.

01/28/2020
Museum of disABILITY History

Wow. So excited for Museum of Disability history!!https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=111193630324222&id=179099832137845

It’s amazing what’s inside…. Introducing our new video providing an overview of our Museum of disABILITY History, the only one of its kind in the U.S., located in #Buffalo, NY. Learn more about our award-winning museum that reaches a national audience. Plan an in-person visit or check our website. Info: email [email protected] or call 716-629-3626. #disability #DisabilityHistory #inclusion

Did you know the Constitution center has sensory friendly days coming up in February?! Mark your calendars! #sensoryfrie...
01/24/2020
Sensory-Friendly Day February 3, 2020 - National Constitution Center

Did you know the Constitution center has sensory friendly days coming up in February?! Mark your calendars! #sensoryfriendly #politicalengagementforAll #autisminmuseums https://constitutioncenter.org/calendar/sensory-friendly-day-february-3-2020

The National Constitution Center offers Sensory-Friendly Days throughout the year to create an accessible learning experience for people of all abilities and their families. Sensory-Friendly Days at the Center incorporate a variety of programs and learning techniques developed for visitors with Auti...

Why cities need accessible playgrounds
01/23/2020
Why cities need accessible playgrounds

Why cities need accessible playgrounds

Nearly one in five people have a disability in the U.S., yet most playgrounds aren’t built to accommodate them.

"While it’s powerful to have a recognizable symbol to remind people of an issue, it’s important to listen to the opinion...
01/20/2020
Crafting for a Cause: Autism Awareness Month | Lion Brand Notebook

"While it’s powerful to have a recognizable symbol to remind people of an issue, it’s important to listen to the opinions of the people actually living with the issue, before making a decision." Learn more about autism and knitting here. http://www.lionbrand.com/blog/autism-awareness-month/ #craftivism #autism #sensoryfriendlyknitting

World Autism Day was April 2nd, but all of April is National Autism Awareness Month. Read on to learn how crafting can have a positive impact on the lives of people with autism. We'll also suggest a new crafting craze for National Autism Awareness Month, for an opportunity to craft for a cause.

Have you heard of the CreateABILITY program at children's museum of the arts?https://www.moma.org/calendar/programs/34?l...
01/17/2020
Create Ability

Have you heard of the CreateABILITY program at children's museum of the arts?https://www.moma.org/calendar/programs/34?locale=en when was the last time you got crafty? #autism #sensoryfriendly #art #inclusivemuseum

Program. For visitors with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Museum of Modern Art welcomes you to join us for Create Ability, a program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Each month participants focus on a different theme, exploring va...

Is there a work pipeline for people with disabilities at a museum near you? Check out MAC's Supporting Transitions initi...
01/16/2020
Supporting Transitions: Cultural Organization Information Resource | Museum Access Consortium

Is there a work pipeline for people with disabilities at a museum near you? Check out MAC's Supporting Transitions initiative. https://macaccess.org/rescources/supporting-transitions-cultural-organization-information-resource/ #museumaccess #inclusivemuseum #autism #sensoryfriendlyworkplace #museumprofessionals

Why should my cultural organization join the Supporting Transitions mission?     Members of the Museum Access Consortium march in New York City’s Disability Pride Parade in 2016.   What is Supporting Transitions?   Supporting Transitions is a project of the Museum Access Consortium (MAC)...

Check out this sensory friendly event at ECHO in Vermont! https://www.echovermont.org/event/sensory-friendly-sunday-at-e...
01/14/2020
Sensory-Friendly Sunday at ECHO - ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

Check out this sensory friendly event at ECHO in Vermont! https://www.echovermont.org/event/sensory-friendly-sunday-at-echo/ #sensoryfriendly #autisminmuseums #museumaccess #inclusivemuseum

FREE for Families with Sensory-Processing Differences All kids, teens, and adults with sensory processing differences, autism spectrum disorder or developmental disabilities are invited to experience a sensory-friendly ECHO! From 9-10 am, the museum will be closed to the general public, allowing vis...

Wow! Great share from CCAC. I wish I could go to this #sensoryfriendly event!
01/13/2020
Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Mütter

Wow! Great share from CCAC. I wish I could go to this #sensoryfriendly event!

An early morning geared for families with children on the spectrum or with sensory sensitivities, Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Mütter is a welcoming environment for your child and family to enjoy the Mütter Museum’s world-renowned collection of anatomy, pathologies, and medical history in a qu...

01/10/2020
City Museum, St Louis, MO

Did you know the City Museum in St.Louis, MO is having a sensory friendly day? https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155026131389082&id=21782394081 #sensoryfriendly #inclusivemuseum #museumaccess

Regarding our first sensory friendly day on February 12, we’ve had quite a few questions about what modifications we can make to provide a more comfortable experience for our guests. I will outline the details below:

-1st Floor:
o We will turn off the puking pig
o There will be no music played over the speakers

-2nd floor:
o The human hamster wheel will not be available
o The shoelace factory will be open, but the machine that
weaves laces will be off
o There won’t be any music played in the Vault Room
o The Vault Room will be a designated quiet space

-3rd floor:
o The train WILL NOT be running
o Beatnik Bob’s will not be playing music
o We will unplug games or machines with flashing lights

The pipe organ will be off

Keep in mind the museum is open to the public that day, and we aren’t limiting the amount of guests that come in, so be prepared for any crowd size when planning your visit.

For any other questions, please feel free to contact Kelly Richter at [email protected].

01/09/2020
Queens Museum

Did you know Brooklyn museum offered a photography class for students with autism? Have you heard of other institutions doing this? https://queensmuseum.org/2011/01/photography-class-for-children-with-autism-and-their-families

In November of 2010, The Queens Library and the Queens Museum of Art celebrated the photographs captured by the six families participating in “A View from My Lens,” a photography class for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This bilingual class, providing Spanish language supports, was a...

CCAC
01/02/2020
CCAC

CCAC

Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) seeks new members for its Steering Committee. You may nominate yourself, a colleague, or friend for a Steering Committee position by March 26, 2017. More information is available in the PDF document below; you can then fill out the form to send us you...

Excellent work at the Rutgers art museum! Sensory kit, staff training, and an app! Check it out. What resources do you w...
12/31/2019
Rutgers museum makes visits easier for people with autism or PTSD

Excellent work at the Rutgers art museum! Sensory kit, staff training, and an app! Check it out. What resources do you want your local Museums to make part of their 2020 goals? https://nj1015.com/rutgers-museum-makes-visits-easier-for-people-with-autism-or-ptsd/ #autisminmuseums #museumaccess #sensoryfriendly #accessforall #museumsarenotneutral

The Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers is putting a focus on helping those overwhelmed by sensory stimulation.

Check out some of the great #sensoryfriendly programs in Connecticut!!! https://mommypoppins.com/connecticut-kids/specia...
12/27/2019
Sensory-Friendly Hours at Connecticut Museums, Aquariums, and Zoos for Special Needs Kids | Mommy Poppins - Things to Do with Kids

Check out some of the great #sensoryfriendly programs in Connecticut!!! https://mommypoppins.com/connecticut-kids/special-needs/sensory-friendly-hours-at-connecticut-museums-aquariums-and-zoos-for #autism in museums #museumaccess

With adjusted lights and sounds, quiet spaces, and relaxed programming, these sensory-friendly days and evenings at local museums allow kids with autism or other special needs to enjoy enriching experiences in a low-stimulation environment.

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As a graduate student at the University of Washington I was very interested in museums’ ability to welcome visitors with autism and other physical and neurological differences. But I could not find a list of more than ten sites which offered programs or resources. And I wanted to see if there were patterns across the country, so I systematically googled museums by state and scoured all their websites. Now this website organizes museum based autism initiatives by state, by museum regional association, and even features resources and helpful readings I found along the way. In order to stay current, I need YOUR help. Share this resource and let me know of new programs--Many museums do not post information on their websites!


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Excited to see this topic addressed. I like other things done by this channel so I expect this will be a fair, thorough, and easy to understand treatment of these stories.