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How Heritage Embraces Autism ~ Jack Welch

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Coming from the perspective of a casual visitor to museums and having (as yet) not professional experience from working in the sector, I feel confident enough in saying that the activities which have come my way have given a rare insight that others my age would have not had themselves. Whether it has been producing an exhibition in a museum or gaining paid roles as a result of volunteering, not only accessing heritage from a young age is a valuable opening in its own right, but impacts those like myself who have lifelong conditions to manage.

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Tom’s Ship of Stories ~ Alison Hale, Peoplescape Theatre

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        A multi-sensory storytelling project for special schools created by Peoplescape Theatre. In partnership with National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and Horniman Museums and Gardens. Funded by the Arts Council Peoplescape are a theatre education company working in London and Manchester. We work with all ages in schools, museums and community settings. […]

The Secret Museum: Film Production with Autistic Young People ~ Suzanne Cohen

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Filmmaker and educator Suzanne Cohen talks about her experiences of delivering media projects at the British Museum for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (13 – 19 years).

Social Media 101 for Community of Persons with Disabilities ~ Debra Ruh, @debraruh

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I am often asked why I adore social media. Why? It has the power to change lives and connect the community of persons with disabilities. It is critical for the billion people with disabilities globally to come together on social media. If our community came together on social media – we would be hard to ignore.

Participatory Exhibition Design: The Case of the Indianapolis Museum of Art ~ Silvia Filippini-Fantoni

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In response to the ongoing technological revolution, as well as the increasing competition from other leisure time activities, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) has recently undertaken a significant shift toward becoming a more visitor-centric institution. Key to this approach is the implementation of a more collaborative and participatory exhibition development process.

Defending our true selves – being museums ~ Maria Vlachou, Access Portugal

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Along the course of the 20th century, museums created an identity crisis for themselves. One that has deeply influenced the way people perceive them, still today, and, consequently, their relationship with them.

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Danger! Men at Work ~ Ed Watts

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Founded in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth has been transformed by a £15 million development. This is a gallery whose visitor numbers have climbed spectacularly in the past five years, whose contemporary exhibitions programmes have given new life to international collections, and whose risk-taking curatorial team has gained global attention.

My House of Memories app – partnership case study

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The root of the House of Memories training is to acknowledge and understand that an individual’s personal history and memory is of great value and significance. Museums are great at looking after memories and House of Memories is an imaginative education resource, increasing dementia awareness in communities and access to new skills and resources.

DASH Arts

Disability Arts in the Mainstream

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DASH are instigators and initiators of the commissioning of new work by Disabled visual artists within mainstream galleries since 2009, enabling Disabled artists to create new work and collaborate with new institutions.

Sensory Objects

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To create a series of multisensory interactive art works that respond to museum collections, to generate alternative ideas for museum interpretation, developed through art and electronics-based workshops by people with learning disabilities in collaboration with an interdisciplinary research team.