"I view learning as ongoing throughout one's life and welcome the challenge of this new experience," says Jan Kampel, a retired school teacher and docent at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Jan will join five other colleagues and volunteers to participate in a working group to evaluate, assess, and adapt the museum's programs for people on the autism spectrum. Over the next few weeks, they will be visiting cultural institutions all over the city to observe educational programs for children on the autism spectrum.
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
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