Science and the Senses at the Museum: Academy of Natural Sciences Gets More Autism-Friendly

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Dinosaur Hall at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Credit: Will Klein Dinosaur Hall at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Credit: Will Klein

From the iconic T-Rex at the entrance to the active fossil prep lab tucked away in the back corner, Dinosaur Hall at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a delight for the senses of many fans of Earth’s mightiest extinct creatures.

Except when a sensory experience isn’t such a delight.

If you stop and imagine this and other popular museum spaces from the perspective of visitors on the autism spectrum, you’ll realize there’s a lot more potential that it could be simply overwhelming.

Last week, members of the Academy’s education and visitor services staff took on exactly that challenge.

Education and visitor services staff members of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University took part in a day of autism training led by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. Education and visitor services staff members of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University took part in a day of autism training led by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.

These staff members spent…

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