Welcoming Families and Young People with Autism – New Resource

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Museums are for everyone. This is something that Kids in Museums strongly believes in, this is why we are proud to present our new resource to help museums, galleries and other cultural organisations better welcome families and young people with autism. Whether you are just starting to investigate how to be more welcoming to those with the condition, or are looking at ways to improve what your organisation can offer children, young people and families, our resource can help you on your way. This new resource was written in collaboration with Ambitious about Autism and Claire Madge of Tincture of Museum.

First Things First

Sometimes, knowing where to begin is the most difficult step, and working to become more inclusive of autistic visitors can sound like a mammoth task. It doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul of what you do already, it’s OK to start small. The new resource contains advice on where to begin, and inspiration on how to go further.

The Visit

Visiting a museum can be a daunting thought to families with an autistic member, but it needn’t be, museums are treasure troves of specialist knowledge and can be a holy grail for those on the spectrum that have a passionate interest in a subject. There are some very simple things that can easily be put in place which can make things simpler for a family to visit, and they benefit all visitors, not just those with autism.

What is Autism?

Autism can be a challenging subject to tackle, but there are simple ways and means to get to know the condition better. Our new resource points to organisations that exist to raise awareness and understanding about autism as well as exciting examples of things museums are already offering autistic visitors. As with everything Kids in Museums does, we listen to people, and we are sharing their stories to help museums get to know and better welcome families and young people with autism.

To see the new resource in full, click here.

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