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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.

Practicing Inclusion in the Museum Workplace

on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:48am

The Museum Access Consortium is currently planning a fall workshop that will explore steps museums can take to provide opportunities in life skills and job skills development for adults with autism spectrum disorder. This programming is in response to two separate workshops hosted earlier this year by the Museum Access Consortium. Panelists from GRASP and parents of children with autism from the National Autism Association - NY Metro Chapter both expressed a need for cultural institutions to explore options for providing opportunities in the workplace for individuals on the autism spectrum.

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