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.

"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.

Way to go #KentuckyScienceCenter for hosting sensory friendly Family fun nights! https://kysciencecenter.org/programs/no...
12/26/2019
No Limits Family Nights - Kentucky Science Center

Way to go #KentuckyScienceCenter for hosting sensory friendly Family fun nights! https://kysciencecenter.org/programs/no-limits-family-nights/. #museumaccess #autisminmuseums #sensoryfriendly

Our No Limits Family Nights offer interactive exploration for families of children with special needs in a sensory friendly environment. No matter the special need, there are no limitations when you’re doing science! Each No Limits Family Night includes after hours admission, themed activities, a ...

Some museums offer sensory friendly days and Kwanzaa celebrations. Possibly the same staff that help with the Family Fun...
12/25/2019
CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Some museums offer sensory friendly days and Kwanzaa celebrations. Possibly the same staff that help with the Family Fundays can support visitors with autism during the family friendly celebrations, like Kwanzaa. Call or email the museum to find out! #autisminmuseums #museumaccess #sensoryfriendly https://www.aampmuseum.org/children--families.html

A museum visit can be a great way to spend time with the young people in your life. Click on the links below for information and ideas on how to participate in our cultural community! And when...

With all the lights at this time of year (there was an emergency vehicle parade last night, with sirens) it's good to kn...
12/24/2019
Sensory Lighting - What Helps and What Doesn’t

With all the lights at this time of year (there was an emergency vehicle parade last night, with sirens) it's good to know there are ways to enjoy #sensoryfriendly lighting. https://harkla.co/blogs/special-needs/sensory-lighting #museumaccess #sensorylighting

Your world is affected by the light sources around you. Lighting impacts learning, mood, and perception. Learn more about why the type of lighting you choose is important, as well as what sensory lighting accommodations we recommend.

Accessible Travel NYC | Wheelchair Travel Experiences in New York City
12/23/2019
Accessible Travel NYC | Wheelchair Travel Experiences in New York City

Accessible Travel NYC | Wheelchair Travel Experiences in New York City

Accessible Travel NYC, a family blog by local New Yorkers, sharing their personal experiences on wheelchair accessibility across cultural institutions, restaurants, neighborhood guides, public & private transportation to inspire your travel, empower you in the decision making process ultimately lead...

I have suspected this for a while- museums have so many benefits!!!
12/23/2019
Another Benefit to Going to Museums? You May Live Longer

I have suspected this for a while- museums have so many benefits!!!

Researchers in Britain found that people who go to museums, the theater and the opera were less likely to die in the study period than those who didn’t.

Check out this #sensoryfriendly museums with select days as well as maps and backpacks! The Franklin Institute https://w...
12/20/2019
Sensory Friendly Every Day

Check out this #sensoryfriendly museums with select days as well as maps and backpacks! The Franklin Institute https://www.fi.edu/sensory-friendly-everyday #museumaccess #autisminmuseums

The Franklin Institute can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. It can be crowded, loud, and bright. That's why we are pleased to offer a few ways to make our museum more comfortable for kids and adults with a variety of sensory differences.

12/19/2019
Sensory-Friendly | Roger Williams Park Zoo

Way to go RI! Check out this #sensoryfriendly zoo that is working to welcome visitors with #autism and other #disabilities! https://www.rwpzoo.org/sensory-friendly

Roger Williams Park Zoo offers many accomodations for visitors with cognitive disabilities to help guests fully enjoy their Zoo experience. The Zoo has recently partnered with Kulture City to allow guests with autism and other sensory-processing disorders get better resources and support as they exp...

Celebrate at #sensoryfriendly Hanukkah at the National Museum of Jewish History in Philadelphia! https://phillyfunguide....
12/18/2019
Phillyfunguide - Sensory Friendly Hanukkah Celebration

Celebrate at #sensoryfriendly Hanukkah at the National Museum of Jewish History in Philadelphia! https://phillyfunguide.com/events/sensory-friendly-hanukkah-celebration

Free with Notorious RBG admission!Enjoy a custom-designed self-guided sensory friendly experience. Experience a modified, sensory-friendly version of the Museum's Core exhibition and the special exhibition, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, featuring lowered sounds, a quiet a...

Did you know some museums host a #sensoryfriendly santa? What do you think about that? #museumaccess #autisminmuseums Ch...
12/17/2019
Children's Museum of Richmond :: Sensitive Santa

Did you know some museums host a #sensoryfriendly santa? What do you think about that? #museumaccess #autisminmuseums Check out the Children's museum of Richmond: https://www.childrensmuseumofrichmond.org/full-menu/legendary-santa/sensitive-santa/

Families with children who have sensory or other special needs are invited to a sensory-friendly visit with Legendary Santa, presented by Altria Companies Employee Community Fund, including special access to the Genworth Foundation Holiday Village, Children's Museum Downtown's Exhibits, and the Fawn...

Check out this Play Our Way event at the children's museum of New Hampshire! https://www.childrens-museum.org/things-to-...
12/13/2019
Exploring Our Way Autism Program | Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

Check out this Play Our Way event at the children's museum of New Hampshire! https://www.childrens-museum.org/things-to-do/programs/autism. Find even more events at www.museummapproject.com #museumaccess #sesnoryfriendly #autisminmuseums

Exploring Our Way sessions are held on the first Sunday of each month during the school year from 10 am - noon. At each Exploring Our Way session, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire offers free admission to families raising children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Did you know the Maine children's Museum and Theater has a #sensoryfriendly event?https://www.kitetails.org/ #museumacce...
12/11/2019
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine

Did you know the Maine children's Museum and Theater has a #sensoryfriendly event?https://www.kitetails.org/ #museumaccess #autism

Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families!

12/05/2019
For Visitors on the Autism Spectrum | Dallas Museum of Art

Did you know the Dallas Museum of Art has a camp for kids with autism? https://dma.org/programs-access-programs/visitors-autism-spectrum

For Visitors with Sensory Processing Disorders and Those on the Autism Spectrum To download a Social Story about visiting the DMA, click here. Learn more about Hands-On Art Camp for Children with Autism.Learn more about Sensory Days (formerly Autism Awareness Family Celebrations). Tips and Tricks fo...

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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.