Online Programming for All Learners

Engaging Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in Virtual Programs

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As we settle into our new socially distanced reality, online platforms have become the main format for cultural institutions to connect with our audiences. Learn how to integrate best practices for effectively engaging individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities through virtual programming. Our four panelists will share ideas from their professional and lived experiences that will help you reimagine online programming–not as a substitute for in-person experiences–but rather as a dynamic opportunity to engage with your audience in new ways. We will use the lens of museum programming when focusing our discussion, with the following general takeaways applicable to all types of cultural organizations:

  • Visual communication strategies and different engagement techniques,
  • Tips for engaging the physical environment and caregivers,
  • Tools and considerations for materials preparation.


  • Charlotte J. Martin (She/Her), Senior Manager of Access Initiatives at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum | New York
  • Jourdan Saunders (She/Her), Disability Inclusion Consultant at The Resource Key, Speech Language Pathologist | Virginia
  • Ross Edelstein (He/Him), Museum Studies Master’s Candidate at IU School of Liberal Arts, Accessibility Consultant, and Public Programs Intern at the Eiteljorg Museum | Indiana
  • Sam Theriault (They/Them/She/Her), Independent Museum Professional, Membership and Marketing Manager for Museum Education Roundtable | New Hampshire