New resource for venues – working with families with autism

New resource for venues – working with families with autism

We have long been passionate about the work that Kids in Museums do and so are delighted that they have produced a new resource. We have already used it in one of our training sessions and staff have found it really helpful. We hope you do too.

Museums are for everyone and Kids in Museums is an organisation working extremely hard to promote inclusion and accessibility.

We are really impressed by this new resource from Kids in Museums. They have put together this information to to help museums, galleries and other cultural organisations better welcome families and young people with autism. Whether your venue or attraction is just starting to investigate how to be more welcoming to those with the condition, or are looking at ways to improve what your organisation can offer children, young people and families, this new resource can help you on your way.


Families with autism support.

This new resource was written in collaboration with Ambitious about Autism and Claire Madge of Tincture of Museum.

First Things First

Sometimes, knowing where to begin is the most difficult step, and working to become more inclusive of autistic visitors can sound like a mammoth task. It doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul of what you do already, it’s OK to start small. The new resource contains advice on where to begin, and inspiration on how to go further.

The Visit

Visiting a museum can be a daunting thought to families with an autistic member, but it needn’t be, museums are treasure troves of specialist knowledge and can be a holy grail for those on the spectrum that have a passionate interest in a subject. There are some very simple things that can easily be put in place which can make things simpler for a family to visit, and they benefit all visitors, not just those with autism.

What is Autism?

Autism can be a challenging subject to tackle, but there are simple ways and means to get to know the condition better. Kids in Museum’s new resource points to organisations that exist to raise awareness and understanding about autism as well as exciting examples of things museums are already offering autistic visitors. As with everything Kids in Museums does, we listen to people, and we are sharing their stories to help museums get to know and better welcome families and young people with autism.