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Practicing Inclusion in the Museum Workplace

on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:48am

The Museum Access Consortium is currently planning a fall workshop that will explore steps museums can take to provide opportunities in life skills and job skills development for adults with autism spectrum disorder. This programming is in response to two separate workshops hosted earlier this year by the Museum Access Consortium. Panelists from GRASP and parents of children with autism from the National Autism Association - NY Metro Chapter both expressed a need for cultural institutions to explore options for providing opportunities in the workplace for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Serving Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder In the "Heart of Brooklyn"

on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 10:01pm

Serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and their families was the focus of a panel hosted in May of this year by Heart of Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Heart of Brooklyn is a partnership of six cultural institutions located in central Brooklyn: Brooklyn Botanic Garden,Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public LibraryProspect Park, Prospect Park Zoo. HOB has recently begun a two-year action-research project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Rockefeller Foundation aimed at diagnosing and responding creatively to the

Exploration and Discovery: Visits to the Museum at Eldridge Street (Part 2)

on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 4:08am

By Sarah Crean, blogger for Museum Access Consortium

Two classes from the District 75 public school P94M - one made up of 4th and 5th graders, the other of 6th through 8th graders - returned for a very successful second visit to the Museum at Eldridge Street.

As we noted in an earlier post, with generous support from The FAR Fund, the Museum Access Consortium has supported the Museum at Eldridge Street in their efforts to pilot and implement specialized programs for children with autism.

Similar to previous visits, museum educators provided the students with a visual schedule -- a handout