In an effort to be even more inclusive of all students, Philadelphia's National Constitution Center now offers new resources to make the museum experience more accessible.
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, and other neurodevelopmental disabilities often find social stories to be a helpful way to successfully prepare for what to expect when traveling to a new place.
The National Constitution Center now offers a pre-visit visual guide to the museum as well as to the Freedom Rising show.
Each page of the pre-visit story has a large color photograph of the and a few lines of text describing the photo of what the student will encounter.
For example, the first page shows an actual photograph of the National Constitution Center lobby with the text “Many people will be in the lobby to see the exhibits. The lobby may be crowded. I can go to the break room if I want to get away from the crowds.”
In addition to the pre-visit guides, the museum is offering Sensory-Friendly Sundays throughout 2019.
The museum explained more about sensory-friendly experience in their press release:
On Sensory-Friendly Sundays, we provide visitors with sensory processing challenges the opportunity to experience the museum in a secure and comfortable environment by providing emotionally safe spaces for families, modified programming for diverse sensory needs, and specialized staff training.
Additional Sensory-Friendly Sunday dates for 2019 include June 23, August 25, and December 8.
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