As a museum, it is important to make sure that everyone feels welcome and accommodated during their visit. However, for individuals with autism, museums can be overwhelming and overstimulating, which can make it difficult for them to enjoy the exhibits and have a positive experience.
To make your museum more welcoming and sensory friendly for autistic visitors, try:
- Offering sensory-friendly exhibits: Consider incorporating exhibits that are designed with sensory input in mind. For example, exhibits that have interactive elements or tactile materials can be especially engaging for autistic visitors.
- Adjusting lighting and sound: Dimming the lights or lowering the volume can make a huge difference in creating a calming environment. Additionally, consider offering noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs for visitors who are sensitive to sound.
- Provide a quiet space: Offer a designated area for visitors to take a break from the sensory stimulation. This space should be quiet, calm, and away from crowds.
- Train your staff: Make sure your staff is aware of the needs of autistic visitors and are equipped to assist them. Consider providing training on autism awareness and communication strategies.
By implementing these changes, you can create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for autistic visitors. And by partnering with InfiniTeach, you can take it one step further and provide an even more personalized experience. Our Access Platform is a turnkey mobile app platform designed to support individuals with autism when visiting museums, zoos, aquariums, and more. With our technology, you can prepare visitors with guides, sensory maps, tips, and more. Contact us today to learn more about our technology solutions and how we can help you create a more sensory-friendly museum experience for individuals with autism.