Museum Access for All: Engaging Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

February 18, 2015, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211

This presentation will introduce parents, caregivers, and clinicians within the autism spectrum and sensory processing disorder community to the resources available at the Walters Art Museum and related cultural institutions in the Greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. In particular, this presentation will highlight the Walters Art Museum's Sensory Morning workshops, offered four times annually. These workshops are designed for children and adults of all ages to explore the world of art through tactile exploration, self-guided tours, interactive stations, and designated spaces for sensory breaks.

Presenter: Ashley Hosler, Senior Education Coordinator of Family Programs at the Walters Art Museum

Ashley earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has served children and families in a wide variety of educational capacities since 2007. From working intimately with school systems, private and non-profit organizations, and ultimately cultural institutions, Ashley has designed and implemented a diverse range of arts-based curriculum for all audiences. With a vested interest in art education as an opportunity for therapy, communication and socialization, she continues to seek opportunities to engage young visitors of the museum.

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