We welcome representatives from cultural institutions and from the disability field to join us for a professional development workshop focused on providing more welcoming museum experiences to K-12 classes of students on the autism spectrum. Following an introduction from the New York Transit Museum, participants will break into small groups for facilitated discussions. K-12 teachers of lower functioning students from the New York City Department of Education, HeartShare Human Services of New York, New York Center for Autism Charter School, the Lavelle School for the Blind, and Eden II Programs, will share their experiences and feedback from their museum visits and help brainstorm ideas for improving educational programming for young students who are lower functioning on the autism spectrum.
Location: The New York Transit Museum
Located on the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn
Date: Wednesday, November 13th 2013
Time: 4PM - 6PM
Registration details: This event is open and free to all individuals in the museum and disability fields, but space is limited. Registration is required. Please register by selecting a ticket above.
This workshop will be held in a facility that is wheelchair accessible. If possible, please make us aware in advance.
Upon Request: Please contact us at least one week before the workshop.
Sign language interpretation can be made available upon request. Open Captioning can also be made available through Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) available. If you require further accommodations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (347) . Please contact us at least one week before the workshop.
Interested in more resources about providing welcoming experiences in museums for people on the autism spectrum?
In February, MAC welcomed parents of children on the autism spectrum as they shared stories about their museum visits. You can listen to the audio recording, or read the transcript. Also, earlier this year MAC welcomed adults on the autism spectrum in collaboration with GRASP as they shared stories about their museum experiences. Here is the audio recording, and the transcript of the workshop.
Please let us know if you use our transcripts or audio recordings for training staff members at your own museums. Enjoy!
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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Museum Access Consortium
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.