They provide access to our museum for individuals of all ages with autism, complex developmental disabilities, or sensory sensitivities. The museum’s lighting and sound features in our main exhibition are augmented and our trained staff is on-hand to guide visitors through their museum experience. Additionally, the following will be offered:
Available at the front desk upon request and include a sensory map, noise cancelling headphones, and fidget toys based on the museum’s collection.
Allows visitors navigate comfortably by indicating areas of high stimulation - including noisy, dark, crowded, or bright spaces.
Helps learners adjust to a potentially new social situation by describing the environment, highlighting important cues, and offering examples of appropriate ways to respond.
Sensory Bags and copies of the Sensory Map as well as the Social Narrative will be available at the Welcome Desk every day that the Museum is open, in an effort to encourage diverse participation across the spectrum of learners.