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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.

Welcoming Visitors with Autism at Cultural Institutions: A Workshop Series for Museum Professionals

on Tue, 06/28/2011 - 6:34pm

Recent studies reveal that at least one in every 110 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism. With the proper staff training, program development, and community outreach, museums can and should be resources for improving the quality of life for people of all ages with autism. Thanks to a generous grant from The FAR Fund, the Museum Access Consortium is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a free four-part workshop series over the next year for museum professionals to explore how cultural institutions can adapt existing resources to provide a welcoming experience for

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