Roundtables for Advancing the Professions

ASTC RAPs (Roundtables for Advancing the Professions) provide a forum for museum professionals to network, learn together, and expand their knowledge base. Hosted by ASTC-member institutions worldwide, these small-group weekend intensives have covered a wide range of topics—from camp-ins and youth programs to information-technology trends and outdoor science parks. Participation fees, which help to defray host museum costs, are generally U.S.$50 for employees of ASTC-member institutions and U.S.$100 for nonmembers.

Proposing a RAP

March 10 and 11, 2012
From Access to Inclusion: Welcoming the Autism Community

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

Exploring Our Way (EOW) was designed to provide a supportive and comfortable setting where children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are able to gain skills and increase their confidence in the museum.

This RAP will explore the questions:

  • What Autism is and is not
  • How Exploring Our Way started and what the research tells us
  • How your museum can support families who have a child on the autism spectrum
  • How your museum can become a vital resource for families dealing with an ASD diagnosis
  • Other museums’ autism programs

See Exploring Our Way in action at the Children’s Museum of NH, learn how you can replicate EOW in your museum, and hear from the autism experts who partnered with us in creating EOW.

Contact: Paula Rais, Director of Community Engagement
Phone: 603/ 742-2002
Email: paula@childrens-museum.org