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Exploration and Discovery: Visits to the Museum at Eldridge Street (Part 1)

on Mon, 03/18/2013 - 4:45pm

By Sarah Crean, blogger for Museum Access Consortium

Together with the Museum Access Consortium, and with support from the FAR Fund, the Museum at Eldridge Street launched a three year long pilot project to implement specialized programs for children with autism. By documenting this effort, our hopes are that other cultural institutions may learn from this case study and improve their own programmatic offerings.

In the Fall of 2011, the Museum at Eldridge Street partnered with P94M, a school on Manhattan's Lower East Side that emphasizes the performing arts and specializes in working with

January 29th MAC Workshop: Adults on the Autism Spectrum Share Their Museum Experiences

on Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:21pm

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 4–6pm

We welcome representatives from the museum and disability communities to join the Museum Access Consortium and GRASP for this facilitated conversation with adults who are themselves diagnosed with autism about their experiences of visiting cultural sites, and volunteering and working at them. Michael John Carley, Executive Director of GRASP, will lead a panel discussion, followed by a question and answer period. Attendees will be encouraged to submit questions at the time of registration, as well as at the event itself.

March Workshop: Welcoming Visitors who have Autism: Museum Professionals Share Their Experiences

on Thu, 02/16/2012 - 5:35pm

Join us on Wednesday, March 7th to participate in an interactive workshop that will focus on how and what museum professionals are learning from creating and offering programs for visitors who are on the autism spectrum.  Representatives from the Museum at Eldridge Street, New York Transit Museum, and Queens Museum of Art will share their experiences of adapting programs for visitors who have autism followed by a question and answer period.