SensAbilities Saturdays


Event Details

This event finished on 10 December 2016


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The Museum of Work & Culture is proud to provide supportive tools and programming for the all-ability community.

On the second Saturday of each month, the Museum opens its doors an hour early at 9am for families seeking a low sensory, less crowded environment in which to enjoy the Museum. During this time trained staff and volunteers are on hand to provide supplementary tools and offer tours to visiting families who have children with special needs.

Additionally, on Mondays the Museum is open to schools and development centers who wish to experience the Museum in an environment that supports their needs. Sensory elements such as lighting and sound are adjusted, and a trained docent guides groups through the Museum, creating an educational, hands-on experience for all visitors.

Reservations for Made-to-Order Mondays are required and can be made by calling Education & Program Coordinator Sarah Carr at 401-769-9675 x. 2.

The Museum is currently working with art & music therapists to create a slate of programs to offer on Saturday mornings. If you would like to be notified when these programs become available please register here.

As a tool for teachers and parents to prepare for a museum visit, a social story has been created as a step-by-step illustrated guide to help those on the Autism spectrum navigate our exhibits. Additionally, checklists and “first-then” boards, aimed at offering more control of time and sequence have been developed. The social story and checklist materials are available below.

Press Coverage

The Providence Journal highlighted the Made-to-Order program — check out the article here!

Resources for Your Museum Visit

Download a checklist for each stop on your museum visit and a social story that explores what you’ll discover on your tour!

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