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“A Chance to Shine”: Learning from Adults on the Autism Spectrum

on Thu, 09/05/2013 - 2:38pm

This post was written by Sarah Crean

Earlier this year, the Museum Access Consortium co-hosted a special workshop at the Museum of Modern Art with representatives from GRASP, the largest organization in the world composed of adults who have autism. GRASP dedicates its work to improving the lives of adults and teens on the autism spectrum through community outreach, peer supports, education, and advocacy.

Because we are beginning to plan a fall workshop on entering the world of work, we thought this was a great moment to share some of the insights offered during the workshop.

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

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