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Programs and Resources for Children with Autism and their Families
Children with Autism and their Families

On select weekends, the Museum opens its doors one hour early for families with children on the autism spectrum. Educators lead short, interactive tours designed for the whole family as well as drop-in art activities and structured play opportunities. These programs are free, but space is limited.

Upcoming Programs:

Life at Sea
Saturday, January 31, 9:00am-11:00am
Discover how sailors lived and worked aboard USS Intrepid, which was like a “city at sea.” Families will find out how a sailor’s life on the ship was similar to, yet different from the home and community he was protecting.

Ports of Call
Saturday, March 7, 9:00am-11:00am 
Travel the world with Intrepid! Throughout its 31 years of service, Intrepid sailed around the world and visited many ports and countries. Use your five senses to learn about Intrepid’s journeys and imagine some of your own!

Hubble Discoveries
Monday, March 23, 9:00am-11:00am
Wednesday, April 8, 9:00am-11:00am
Explore the universe with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope! Learn about HST’s 25 years of discoveries through the special exhibition HUBBLE@25. Families will travel into deep space in our planetarium and create their own space objects.

Build it, Sail it, Fly it!
Saturday, April 25, 9:00am-11:00am
Did you know it took 18 months to build Intrepid? Spend the morning exploring the ship and its airplanes to discover how they were built. Families will have the chance to build their own simple boats and planes—in a fraction of the time!

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If you would like to participate in Intrepid Museum’s Early Morning Opening for Children with Autism and their Families, click here to register.


Recent Programs:

June 8, 2014

Let's Take a Trip
Visual Vocabulary & Schedule

July 12, 2014

Astronauts Aboard Intrepid?
Visual Vocabulary & Schedule

October 4, 2014

On and Under Water
Visual Vocabulary & Schedule

November 15, 2014

Celebration aboard Intrepid
Visual Vocabulary & Schedule

"The Intrepid's Access programs for children on the Autism Spectrum are terrific. They are well-planned and well-implemented. Those guiding the tours and working with the children are loving, flexible, and terrific listeners. The programs have opened up a new world of sea, air, and space excitement for my eleven-year old daughter. We are thrilled and proud to be members of this creative and fun Intrepid community." - Parent of child with autism
Parent Advisory Council
Meeting quarterly, Parent Advisory Council members review program lesson plans and activities, 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 Parent Advisory Council, contact access@intrepidmuseum.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 first-hand 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 Advisory Council
Resources for Families Affected by Autism: Plan your Visit (Coming Soon)
Resources for Museums: Toolkit on Increasing Accessibility for Families Affected by Autism (Coming Soon)
Access Programs and Resources are generously funded by Autism Speaks, The Steven A. and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, the FAR Fund, the Ambrose Monell Foundation, and the Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund.

This program is supported, in part, by Public Funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

This program is supported, in part, by Public Funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.