Visitors with Cognitive Disabilities

Tips and resources to welcome folks to your organization!

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Cultural spaces may find providing programs and services for children and adults with various developmental and learning disabilities to be daunting.  
 
We will start with the basics: introducing you to this diverse audience that ranges from people on the autism spectrum, to adults with dementia, to visitors with Down syndrome.  Exploring small- and large-scale strategies that other organizations have used to engage and connect with these visitors and their families, we’ll walk you through tips and current best practices that you may consider when exploring new initiatives addressing the needs of this audience within your cultural spaces. 

Speakers

  • Gerri Fiterman-Persin (CJE SeniorLife)
  • Christena Gunther (CCAC Founder & Elmhurst Historical Museum)
  • Jacqueline Russell (Chicago Children’s Theater)
  • Lucas Livingston (Art Institute of Chicago)