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Introducing Subway Travel and Building Life Skills for Young People on the Autism Spectrum at the New York Transit Museum

on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 1:06pm

By Sarah Crean, blogger for the Museum Access Consortium

With support from funds raised by the Museum Access Consortium for the FAR Fund, the New York Transit Museum is piloting an introductory program about riding the subway for children on the autism spectrum in grades 6 through 8. The program is a collaboration between the Transit Museum, the Museum Access Consortium, and District 75's Office of Travel Training at the New York City Department of Education.

March 2012 MAC Workshop: Museum Professionals Share Their Experiences of Offering Programs to Visitors who have Autism

on Fri, 03/23/2012 - 1:14pm

Photos courtesy of Danielle Linzer

Written by Sarah Crean and Cindy VandenBosch on March 27, 2012

On March 7th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum Access Consortium hosted a workshop focused on providing more welcoming experiences to visitors who have autism.  This was the fourth workshop in a series of twelve that are being offered free of charge to representatives from cultural institutions, thanks to generous support from the FAR Fund.  

The first three workshops in the

Third Citywide Museum Access Consortium Workshop: Strategies for Providing Welcoming Experiences in a Museum Setting

on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 4:45am

Photos courtesy of Danielle Linzer

Written on 2/22/2011 by Sarah Crean

Addressing a packed house of museum educators and other museum professionals, Gil Tippy, PsyD, Clinical Director and Founder of the Rebecca School in Manhattan, and Aaron Feinstein, Director of Actionplay, presented the Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship-based (DIR) model for working with children with autism. The presentation and follow-up discussion took place on Tuesday, February 7th, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Educators from fine art, history, science and other types of museums across the New