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Disability Awareness Month

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum recognizes the importance of creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all visitors. Intrepid’s Disability Awareness Month is a month-long series of activities that includes family activities, tours and speaker events.

The goal of Intrepid’s Disability Awareness Month is to bring together families, children, and adults with varying special needs, and advocates who are involved with creating and supporting opportunities for them. From children to adults who are, or work with, the deaf or hard-of- hearing, blind or partially-sighted, or are affected by autism, this month celebrates our differences and raises awareness for bettering cultural experiences for everyone.

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Workshop: Creating Museum Programs and Resources for the Deaf Community
Co-presented by the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum and the Museum Access Consortium

Join us on Monday, October 1st for a panel discussion on serving the Deaf Community through ASL programs and resources. Panelists will address the range and scope of projects within museum settings, representing ASL-interpreters, Deaf educators, teachers, and program participants. This session will showcase best practices for successful planning, marketing and delivery of programs.

Remarks by the Museum Access Consortium

Speakers include: Stephanie Feyne, an ASL-interpreter currently conducting research on the impact of interpreters on ASL-led tours; Christine S. Kim, an artist and Deaf Educator at the Whitney Museum who contributes to the Vlog Project; Beth Prevor, from Hands On & the Department of Education's Office of Sign Language Interpreting Services, and Alexandria Wailes, a Deaf Educator who leads ASL programs at museums throughout the city.

Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum West 46th Street & 12th Avenue Registration required: Space is limited.
Please email access@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646 381 5163 to register.

ASL/voice interpretation will be provided for this program.

To request Assistive Listening Devices or CART for this program, please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646 381 5163 at least 7 days prior to the event.

Tours offered on Tuesday, October 2nd & Thursday, October 25th from 2PM-3:30PM

The Stories Within: For visitors with dementia and their caregivers
The Museum offers guided programs for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Programs incorporate artifacts, oral histories, artwork, and visits through historic spaces to stimulate conversation. Led by trained museum staff, small groups explore the Museum, located on the former WWII-era aircraft carrier, Intrepid, and reflect on the ship's history, aircraft, and stories of the people who served at home and at sea.
Tours offered on Tuesday, October 2nd & Thursday, October 25th from 2PM-3:30PM

Families with Children with Developmental or Learning Disabilities, aged 5-17
Families tour learn about how boats and ships move through the Hudson River before designing their own boats and ships.
Sunday, October 14th, 11AM-1PM – Hudson River Explorers

Families Affected by Autism
The Museum opens its doors one hour early for families affected by autism. Educators lead story-telling, art-making activities and demonstrations.
Saturday, October 20th, 9AM-11AM – Sailor Art: Families tour the ship to find how sailors decorated their home while at sea.

Families with Adults with Developmental or Learning Disabilities, aged 18 and up
These two-hour programs based on rotating themes include a tour of the Museum and an art-making activity intended to engage the entire family.
Sunday, October 21st, 11AM-1PM – Crews Views: Families tour the ship to learn about the crew’s jobs, then create patches to represent jobs.

Verbal Description & Touch Tours for adults who are Blind or Partially Sighted
Incorporating verbal description and touch tour techniques, trained Museum Educators will lead small groups to learn about the history of the NASA program, from Mercury capsule to the Enterprise shuttle.
October 22nd 3-5PM