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Disability Awareness Month

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Disability Awareness Month is a month-long series of programs, including family activities, specialized tours, and speaker events.

The goal of Disability Awareness Month is to bring together families, children, and adults with varying needs, and advocates who are involved with creating and supporting opportunities for them. This month celebrates our differences and raises awareness for bettering cultural experiences for everyone, including children and adults who are, or work with, people who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, blind or low-vision, or are affected by autism.

The Intrepid Museum offers access programs and resources continuously throughout the year. To learn more about upcoming programs, tactile and audio supports, and accessibility, click here.

Contact Us

All programs are free of charge, unless otherwise noted. To register for any program, please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or 646-381-5163. Include program date and title in request.


Schedule of Events

Early Morning Opening for Families Affected by Autism   
Crew’s Eye View
Saturday, October 5, from 9:00am – 11:00am
The Museum opens its doors one hour early for families affected by autism. Educators lead brief interactive tours, art-making activities, and demonstrations, all related to crew jobs. Families will discover familiar jobs that sailors had on board Intrepid, which functioned as a “city at sea,” and learn how the sailors spent their free time.


American Sign Language-Led/Voice Interpreted Tours   
Crew at Work & at Rest
Offered twice, on Sunday, October 6, and Saturday, October 26, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Learn about the jobs that kept Intrepid as a functioning “city at sea,” and how the sailors spent their free time. Tour will feature newly opened exhibition, Working Below Decks. Tours will be led in ASL by Alexandria Wailes, who has several years of experience giving tours at renowned New York museums.

ASL-led tours are provided at no cost, but space is limited to 25 people per tour. Recommended age for participant is 8 years old and up. Assistive Listening Devices with hearing loops are available upon request.


The Stories Within: For Visitors with Dementia and their Caregivers
World War II and You
Wednesday, October 9, from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
During Intrepid’s first cruises during World War II, more than 3,000 sailors lived and worked aboard USS Intrepid, while millions of Americans contributed to the war effort on the home front. During this program, participants will reminisce about life both at home and at sea while viewing artifacts, primary documents and photographs.


Family Verbal Description/Touch Tour for Children with Low Vision   
Sunday, October 13, from 10:30am – 12pm
Offered in partnership with NYC National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI), this program will introduce two supersonic artifacts, the Concorde passenger jet and the space shuttle Enterprise, and explore other things that go super-fast. Designed for children aged 5-17 and their families.


Guide Dog and Service Dog Demonstrations
Sunday, October 13, from 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Join the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs to learn how service and guide dogs learn obedience and basic commands. Demonstrations will take place in the Exploreum Interactive Hall.


Presented by the Museum Access Consortium & the Intrepid Museum  
Inclusion in the Museum Workplace for Teenagers and Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, from 4:00pm-6:00pm
This session will explore how cultural institutions can provide life skills, job training, or employment opportunities for teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum. As part of a panel discussion, workshop participants will hear specific examples of people on the autism spectrum who have interned, worked, or volunteered in cultural institutions throughout the New York Metro area and learn about practical steps cultural institutions can take to establish partnerships with social service providers to implement successful career and life skills programs.

This workshop is free of charge but advance registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited. Please register via our Eventbrite page by clicking here. If Eventbrite is not accessible for any reason, please RSVP by sending an email to museumaccess@gmail.com.


Power of One  
The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America's Vet Dogs
Thursday, October 24, from 10:00am-12:00pm
The Power of One is based on the notion that a single inspiring event—hearing from moving and inspiring speakers—can change a young person's life and point them in directions they never thought possible. In celebration of Disability Awareness Month, our speakers from The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America's Vet Dogs will share how the dogs are prepared for service and give a lesson in etiquette for interacting with service dogs. A graduate of the service dog program will also speak about his experience with his canine companion. This program is free for 5th to 8th grade students, but space is limited. To register your students, contact schoolprograms@intrepidmuseum.org or 636-381-5174.


Access Family Program for Adults with Developmental or Learning Disabilities, aged 18 and up   
Crew’s Views
Saturday, October 26, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Families tour the ship to learn about the crew’s jobs, and then create patches to represent those jobs. This program includes a tour of the Museum and an art-making activity intended to engage the entire family.


Access Family Programs for Children with Developmental or Learning Disabilities, aged 5-17   
Sunday, October 27, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Discover the connections between Intrepid, popular superheroes in comic books and movies, and heroes in our community. Create your own superhero mask and comic strip – costumes encouraged! This program includes a tour of the Museum and an art-making activity intended to engage the entire family.


Eyes of Hope
Essex Seeing Eye Puppy Club Demonstrations
Sunday, October 27, from 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Learn how guide dogs are raised and trained. In Hangar 2, members of the Essex Seeing Eye Puppy Club and their puppies will demonstrate commands and answer questions.


Special Olympics Floor Hockey Demonstration
Sunday, October 27, from 2:00pm - 3:30pm
In the Exploreum Interactive Hall, view a simulated practice session with the Special Olympics Floor Hockey Team as they illustrate their rigorous training and how it prepares them for competition. The skills needed during a game–balance, speed, agility, stick handling, passing, shooting, and defense–are practiced individually and with teammates. The workout sessions culminate in a scrimmage, where the skills learned and reinforced during drill practice are applied in a game.


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.