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Inclusion in the Museum Workplace: Training and Job Skills for Teenagers and Adults on the Autism Spectrum

on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 1:57pm

This session will explore how cultural institutions can provide life skills, job training, or employment opportunities for teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum. As part of a panel discussion, workshop participants will hear specific examples of people on the autism spectrum who have interned, worked, or volunteered in cultural institutions throughout the New York Metro area and learn about practical steps cultural institutions can take to establish partnerships with social service providers to implement successful career and life skills programs.

“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.

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