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Morning at the Museum is a project of the Smithsonian Institution's Accessibility Program and the Smithsonian Museums. Guided by a Community Advisory Committee comprised of museum educators, exhibit designers, professionals who work with children with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities, parents, and self-advocates, the Smithsonian has developed a series of pre-visit materials designed to help children with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities and their families enjoy a visit to the Smithsonian Museums.
Preparatory research was conducted to determine what kinds of programs other museums are offering. A Community Advisory Committee was established. Advisors are either self-advocates or professionals in medicine, education, or therapy who work with children on the autism spectrum and their families.
The project has narrowed its focus to four areas: web-based pre-visit materials including social stories, sensory maps, picture schedules, and visit tips; Morning at the Museum which offers early admission to a SI museum once a month; training curricula for staff, docents, and volunteers; and a University of MD/Smithsonian research project on the motivations, expectations, and behaviors of museum visits for families that include children on the autism spectrum.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Smithsonian Folklife Festival 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.