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February MAC Workshop to focus on DIR model of work with children who have Autism

on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 3:30pm

Thanks to a generous grant from The FAR Fund, the Museum Access Consortium will be holding a workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 7th from 3:00-5:00PM as part of a series of four workshops that focus on how cultural institutions can adapt existing resources to provide a welcoming experience for visitors who have autism and their families.  We invite museum professionals and members and representatives from the disability community to join us.  Participation in prior workshops is not required.  Please see instructions below to RSVP, as space is limited.

Workshop: Strategies

Educators from the Museum at Eldridge Street Observe Create Ability Program in Action at MoMA

on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:39pm

Storytelling was the theme at the two Create Ability sessions at the Museum of Modern Art on December 18th.  Create Ability combines hands-on artmaking with a gallery visit for individuals with learning and developmental disabilities and their families.  The two sessions on this day both had the same format and were led by three freelance MoMA educators who have been trained to work with visitors who have disabilities.

Sarah Verity, Director of Visitor Services, and Jan Kampel, a retired teacher and experienced docent, from the Museum at Eldridge Street observed the morning session for ages

Connecting Museums: Eldridge Street Educators Visit Programs Around the City

on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 5:17pm


Photo credit: Peter Aaron/ Esto

"I view learning as ongoing throughout one's life and welcome the challenge of this new experience," says Jan Kampel, a retired school teacher and docent at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Jan will join five other colleagues and volunteers to participate in a working group to evaluate, assess, and adapt the museum's programs for people on the autism spectrum. Over the next few weeks, they will be visiting cultural institutions all over the city to observe educational programs for children on the autism spectrum.

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