This session will explore how cultural institutions can provide life skills, job training, or employment opportunities for teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum. As part of a panel discussion, workshop participants will hear specific examples of people on the autism spectrum who have interned, worked, or volunteered in cultural institutions throughout the New York Metro area and learn about practical steps cultural institutions can take to establish partnerships with social service providers to implement successful career and life skills programs. We welcome representatives from cultural institutions and from the disability field to join us for this free professional development workshop.
Speakers will include Dr. Lisa Pollich from CUNY's Project REACH, representatives from service providers Job Path and Birch Family Services, and an introduction from Charli Devnet, Author and Tour Guide from the Kykuit Estateas they share their experience and expertise.
Location: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is located at West 46th Street & 12th Avenue. There is a drop-off lane on the southbound lane of the West Side Highway, between West 45th & West 46th Streets. The event is taking place in the Great Hall, at the far end of the Hangar Deck, and is accessible by elevator. For directions and parking, please see http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Plan-Your-Visit/Getting-Here.aspx.
For any requests for accommodations, please contact (646) 381-5163 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to the program.
Interested in continuing the conversation? There will be a post-workshop gathering at a local bar – more information to come soon!
Interested in more resources about job training and inclusion in the workspace? Check out our recent blog post “A Chance to Shine”: Learning from Adults on the Autism Spectrum
The Museum Access Consortium (MAC) strives to enable people with disabilities to access cultural facilities of all types. To learn more about MAC, join MAC on Facebook and see MAC for more information and a (free) membership form. Visit the MAC blog for more information about providing more welcoming experiences to visitors on the autism spectrum.
We would also like to say “thank you!” once again to The FAR Fund for making this workshop series possible.
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MAC consists of representatives from various museum departments throughout the New York City Metropolitan area and members and representatives of the disability community. Members of MAC exchange information, ideas and resources, offer educational workshops on accessibility topics, and provide a network of mutual support.