By Sarah Crean, blogger for the Museum Access Consortium
With support from funds raised by the Museum Access Consortium for the FAR Fund, the New York Transit Museum is piloting an introductory program about riding the subway for children on the autism spectrum in grades 6 through 8. The program is a collaboration between the Transit Museum, the Museum Access Consortium, and District 75's Office of Travel Training at the New York City Department of Education.
On March 7th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum Access Consortium hosted a workshop focused on providing more welcoming experiences to visitors who have autism. This was the fourth workshop in a series of twelve that are being offered free of charge to representatives from cultural institutions, thanks to generous support from the FAR Fund.
Addressing a packed house of museum educators and other museum professionals, Gil Tippy, PsyD, Clinical Director and Founder of the Rebecca School in Manhattan, and Aaron Feinstein, Director of Actionplay, presented the Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship-based (DIR) model for working with children with autism. The presentation and follow-up discussion took place on Tuesday, February 7th, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Educators from fine art, history, science and other types of museums across the New