ERIC Number: ED223044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Museum Experiences for Families with Severely Disabled Kids....A Program from the Boston Children's Museum.
Kamien, Janet; Goldbas, Amy
The document describes development and implementation of a program offered by the Boston Children's Museum to facilitate museum visits for handicapped children and their families. An advisory council was formed with professionals who work with families and parents of severely disabled children. Among the original objectives were the provision of a joyful museum experience in an evaluation-free environment and the provision of resources to families. To promote the program a flyer was developed, the access symbol was used on all advertising, and opportunities to reach families through museum newsletters and other media were utilized whenever possible. Scheduling of workshops and activities were based on reservations received from families. Workshops were developed which incorporated flexibility in timing, exploration of the museum, assistance from volunteer staff, simple and inexpensive art activities which could easily be duplicated at home, and debriefing of workshop staff. Workshop evaluations provided information on workshop effectiveness, allowed program staff to keep in touch with the families, and gave family members a reason to think about their museum visit. Improvements to the workshops could include exploring options to promote networking between the families, promoting repeat visits, and extending the outreach program. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Committee, Arts for the Handicapped, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Museum, Boston, MA.
Identifiers: Boston Childrens Museum MA