Resources

Autism in Museums Resources

*New Resource* –

Museum Hour – For 1st April 2019 and Autism Awareness Week I took over the Museum Hour account for a 1 hour discussion on Autism in Museums. You can catch up on lots of tips and suggestions in this Twitter Moment, click on the Museum Hour tweets for full replies and comments.  – https://twitter.com/i/moments/1114154954783109121

You can catch up on the Twitter Moment from Museum Hour on Autism in Museums 2018 here – https://twitter.com/i/moments/978907062628384768

Podcast – On the 20th March 2019 I attended a lunch time talk on – Neurodiversity and Productivity at the Wellcome Collection part of the Heart n’ Soul Hub takeover. Cognitive scientist Anna Remington researches into the positives of autism and neurodiversity. She is currently investigating the skills and abilities that autistic people have and how our concept of productivity relates to neurodiversity and disability. You can hear the podcast here – https://wellcomecollection.org/events/XFrxUBUAAKKizG7B

Autism in Museum Blogs

Network Autism – Autism in Museums 

Written in 2016 this explores how some museums use initiatives such as early openings and backpacks, to remove the barriers autistic people may face when visiting. http://network.autism.org.uk/good-practice/case-studies/autism-museums

Top 5 tips for professionals: autism friendly museums. http://network.autism.org.uk/knowledge/insight-opinion/top-5-autism-tips-professionals-autism-friendly-museums

Association of Independent Museums 

How do you welcome autism into your museum? 2014. https://aimuseums.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/how-do-you-welcome-autism-into-your-museum/

Autism Training

This National Autistic Society Video – Too Much Information is great for explaining how sensory overload can affect autistic people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr4_dOorquQ&t=3s

Other Resources 

Podcasts

June 2018 Autism in Museums took part in a podcast made by Ambitious About Autism alongside Mark Barrett an autistic museum professional and Becki Morris founder of the Disability Cooperative Network. The host was Jack Welch, Ambitious About Autism Youth Patron and questions centred around advice for museums on becoming more autism friendly. See Episode 11

https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/understanding-autism/understanding-autism/ambitious-about-autism-podcast

Guides

Welcoming Young People and Families with Autism – This 2016 resource was produced by Kids in Museums working with Autism in Museums and Ambitious About Autism

https://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/2016/04/04/welcoming-families-and-young-people-with-autism/

Visit Britain – There are a number of resources on the website from how to make low-cost improvements to access to a guide written in conjunction with the National Autistic Society on ‘Welcoming autistic people to tourism venues’. https://www.visitbritain.org/providing-access-all

Report

State of Museum Access Report 2018 – Vocal Eyes in collaboration with Stagetext and Autism in Museums. Museum websites are key to providing a warm welcome and pre-visit information. This report looks at what you need to consider putting on your website to welcome visitors with additional needs. https://vocaleyes.co.uk/state-of-museum-access-2018/