On the first Saturday of each month, the Museum opens its doors an hour early at 9am for SensAbilities Saturday, a program 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 Assistant Director Sarah Carr at 401-769-9675 x. 2.
Resources for Your Museum Visit
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.
RI Monthly awarded SensAbilities Saturday Best of Rhode Island Editors’ Pick for Best Special Outreach Program