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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

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

Strides in Accessibility at the New York Transit Museum

on Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:39pm

Photos and captions courtesy of the New York Transit Museum

Whether you're five or sixty-five years old, there's something just plain exciting about descending into an old subway station and finding yourself in a transportation time capsule. That's the New York Transit Museum. It's housed in a 1936 IND Court Street Station in the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights and is a place where people, young and old, can immerse themselves in the history of New York's public transportation.

On the upper platform of the old station, you can test out all the different kinds of turnstiles that have been

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