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Bringing Universal Design to Children’s Museums

presented by Ingrid M. Kanics

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Children’s museums are vibrant community facilities that provide families of all ages and abilities with a great place to play, learn, and grow together. In this course, participants will learn everything they wanted to know about children’s museums. They will discover how occupational therapists can partner with children’s museums in multiple ways. Through the use of the goals of Universal Design they will be able to work side by side with museum staff to create a place where every community member can fully engage in the magical experience of the local children’s museum!

Meet Your Instructor

Ingrid M. Kanics, MOT, OTR/L, FAOTA

Ingrid is an occupational therapist who strives to help communities create and run amazing places where people of all abilities can play together. This journey began when she acquired a spinal cord injury while in the U.S. Army, resulting in spinal surgery and 18 months of rehab. Despite her recovery, Ingrid still experiences deficits from…

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1. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Children’s Museums

In this chapter, participants will learn all about children’s museums and the roles occupational therapist can have with these museums. They will review the definition of disability, the 8 Goals of Universal Design, and how to identify local agencies where they can gather local disability statistics for their local children’s museum.

2. Application of the Goals of UD on Physical Design of a Children’s Museum

In this chapter, participants will learn how the ADA checklist is applied in a children’s museum space. Since ADA is required by law this minimum must be met.

3. Application of the Goals of UD on Program Design of a Children’s Museum

In this chapter, participants will learn about the role that programs play within a children’s museum. They will explore the different ways that an occupational therapist can work with a museum in the areas of programing.

4. Application of the Goals of UD on Staff Training of a Children’s Museum

In this chapter, participants will explore the types of staff training that happens at children’s museums and the role that occupational therapists can have in creating and running staff training experiences for museum personnel.

5. Application of the Goals of UD on Marketing of a Children’s Museum

In this chapter, participants will explore the marketing methods that children’s museums use to reach their customers. Occupational therapists will learn how they can help museums do this more effectively especially in the realm of inclusion.

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