Designing Museum Experiences for Individuals with Autism
November 7, 2014
Hosted by Carol Bossert
Museum exhibits have become very sophisticated, designed to delight, surprise and inspire. Lights wink, interactives clank and images flash. As one science center director said, “The most popular exhibit is the noisiest.” But what is stimulating for some, is hell for others, especially individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory processing issues. As we strive to change the perception of museum as contemplative temples, we have perhaps unwittingly made our museums inhospitable to many adults, children and their families. This week Beth Redmond-Jones will share her professional and personal journey, exploring ways that museum can effectively serve the autistic community.
The Museum Life
Friday at 7 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
Museums attract millions of visitors and employ thousands. The Museum Life, hosted by Carol Bossert, charts the growth and development of this cultural business. Museum Life showcases leaders in the field who provide perspective on current issue as well as creative thinkers who are impacting the future of museums. The Museum Life is broadcast live every Friday at 7 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.
Carol Bossert loves museums. She has spent her career working in and for these important cultural organizations that include traditional collection-based museums, science centers, national parks and visitor centers.
In addition to hosting Museum Life, Carol Bossert maintains an active consulting practice to help cultural institutions, government agencies and corporations engage with their communities through exhibitions and place-based experiences. Her clients include Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, Great Lakes Science Center, International Spy Museum, North Carolina Museum of Natural History, and international clients in China, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. Learn more at http://carolbossertservices.com/.
Carol Bossert holds a doctoral degree in biology from the University of Texas-Dallas and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Zoology from DePauw University. She is a graduate of the J. Paul Getty Museum Management Institute and has served professional organizations such as the American Alliance of Museums and National Science Foundation. She is also a member of The Museum Group, an organization of senior professionals in museum practice and Praxis Museum Exhibit Group.
She blogs about museum and civic issues http://carolbossertservices.com/blog/.