The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum provides specialized programs and resources to support and enhance the experience of all visitors, including those with disabilities and their peers and families.
Online Resources: Plan Your Visit
The Social Narrative provides an illustrated, step-by-step guide to what to expect during a visit to the Museum. Use the Social Narrative to prepare for your visit to the Museum and a change in routine. The version here is for self-guided visits to the Museum. If you reserved a guided program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to request a customized version for your group. Social Narrative for individuals, families and self-guided groups
The Sensory Guide is an illustrated overview of the different areas of the Museum. For each section of the Museum, it lists highlights, noise level, rules about touching and eating, and wheelchair accessibility. The areas of the Museum match with the maps in the Visitor’s Guide available in the Welcome Center and at the Information Desk. Click here to download the Sensory Guide
Visual Vocabularies can help families and groups focus their visit and support communication. Use these Visual Vocabularies to get a sense of what to expect, introduce new vocabulary and plan out what to see at the Museum. Print different ones and cut and paste their squares to make your own and plan your visit. Please note that the Space Shuttle Pavilion requires an additional fee on top of general admission. The submarine Growler also has physical restrictions for entry, which are listed here.
These versions are for self-guided visits to the Museum. If you reserved a guided program, please email email@example.com to request a customized version for your group.
Explore the Video Gallery for a preview of the Museum’s content, exhibits, history and layout.
Sensory bags are available to borrow from the Information Desk at no cost. Bags include noise-reduction headphones and fidgets to help ease sensory stimulation. Visual vocabularies and checklists, scavenger hunts and activity sheets are also available at the Information Desk. These resources are also available during all public programs. Use the online resources to help plan and prepare for your visit to the Museum.
Verbal Description and Tactile Guides
The Verbal Description and Tactile Guide uses raised images, Braille, large print and a talking pen to support self-guided visitors who are blind or have low vision. Visitors may borrow the book and talking pen from the Information Desk at no cost.
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are available to borrow at no cost for guided programs and tours. ALDs are available as stereo headphones, single-ear headphones or T-coil compatible induction loops. Induction loops are also located throughout the Museum for exhibits.
Audio guides are available for rent in several languages, including American Sign Language. Visitors may purchase audio guides when buying their tickets and should pick them up in the Welcome Center.
Lightweight stools are available to borrow from the Information Desk at no cost. Visitors may bring the stools around the Museum with them for easier access to seating.
All specialized programs for school, community and family groups include enhanced sensory opportunities and support both social-emotional and academic goals. Participants have the opportunity to practice their problem-solving, collaboration, self-regulation and other social skills in a unique, safe and supportive environment. Museum educators draw connections between participants’ experiences and the real challenges crew members, pilots, engineers and astronauts faced and overcame. Programs relate to history and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).
For more information about specialized programs for families, school groups and community groups of all ages and backgrounds, please visit intrepidmuseum.org/access.
Autism Advisory Council
Autism Advisory Council members review program lesson plans and special projects, give feedback on website and marketing materials, and connect Museum staff with community organizations and schools.
To learn more about becoming a part of the Autism Advisory Council, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"As parents who have children with disabilities, we know what can and cannot work for our children, and it was wonderful to have a voice. What was more important was seeing firsthand all the many wonderful, creative ideas and projects you've created for ALL children within the autism spectrum (and those who are not) to enjoy. It was a pleasure to see how our ideas, concerns and issues were quickly embraced, to help create more amazing future tours for all children. I can't wait to see all the new ideas and projects during future tours." –Parent in the Autism Advisory Council
Access programs and resources at the Intrepid Museum are generously supported by the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, Barker Welfare Foundation, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation, FAR Fund, Ambrose Monell Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Trust, and Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund. These programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the New York City Council.