Considering the museum experience of children with autism

Date

2016-01

Authors

Kulik, Taylor Kelsey
Fletcher, Tina

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

The Museum Journal

Abstract

This article reports on a study that was designed to provide insight about the barriers that limit families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from visiting fine arts museums. Parents (N=54), and staff and volunteers (N=62) at the museum completed a questionnaire about their perceptions of the participation of children with ASD in museum activities. Some significant differences in responses were found between parents and museum staff and volunteers. Parents reported being thankful for the sense of community that Autism Awareness Family Celebrations provide, but were frustrated with reactions from others during typical museum experiences. Museum staff and volunteers expressed that museum participation was important, but responses were split between those who desired to learn more about ASD in order to create an optimal museum experience, and those who preferred not to take on this initiative. Studies such as this help museums become more inclusive.

Description

Article originally published in Curator: The Museum Journal, 59(1), 27–38. English. Published Online 2016. https://doi.org/10.1111/cura.12143

Keywords

Autism, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Community activities, Fine arts education

Citation

This is the abstract for an article that is available at https://doi.org/10.1111/cura.12143. Recommended citation: Kulik, T. K., & Fletcher, T. S. (2016). Considering the museum experience of children with autism. Curator: The Museum Journal, 59(1), 27–38. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.