Looking for resources to help make your venue more accessible? Look no further!
Below you'll find links to free information, charities and organisations that can provide assistance
Autism in Museums resources
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
Museum Hour 2019– Monday 1st April 2019 for #MuseumHour 8-9pm. A fast paced twitter discussion about Autism in Museums in celebration of Autism Awareness Week. Guest hosts will be Kids in Museums. You can catch up with all the tweets here – https://twitter.com/i/moments/1114154954783109121?lang=en
External links -
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
Guides and toolkits
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/resources/how-can-your-museum-better-welcome-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
Special Schools and Museums Tookit - A unique toolkit which aims to provide museums with practical support to create inclusive and accessible experiences for people with special educational needs and disability (SEND). This is really useful if you want to work with Special Schools. [accessed 3 Feb 2020] Creative Differences Handbook
Creative Differences: A handbook for embracing neurodiversity in the creative industries - This handbook produced by Universial Music is particularly helpful when thinking about adjustments to the workplace and recruitment process. [accessed 3 Feb 2020] https://umusic.co.uk/Creative-Differences-Handbook.pdf
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/
The Social Stories Spectrum Project makes museums more accessible to adults on the autism spectrum, 31 August 2018, by Debra Muzikar [accessed 9th July 2019]. The Art of Autism Blog – https://the-art-of-autism.com/the-social-stories-spectrum-project-will-make-museums-more-accessible-to-adults-on-the-autism-spectrum/
Social Stories for Autistic Children [accessed 9th July 2019] – Autism Parenting Magazine https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/social-stories-for-autistic-children/
A New Direction – https://www.anewdirection.org.uk/ –
A New Direction is a London-based non-profit generating opportunities for children and young people to unlock their creativity. They have an SEND schools network.
Mencap Cymru/Wales – https://wales.mencap.org.uk/
Mencap Cymru is the voice of learning disability in Wales. Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.