The Chicago Children's Museum's Play for All initiative for
children and families with disabilities has netted it a $10,000
award that will allow it to expand its efforts for children with
The museum, located at Navy Pier, began Play for All in 2004
after museum officials realized the museum wasn't accommodating all
of its visitors as well as could be, says museum President and CEO
Jennifer Farrington in a news release.
The museum worked with The Autism Program of Illinois to create
museum kits that includes a guide to help ease the transition
between exhibits. Although the kit was designed for individuals
with autism, the visual icons and schedule can help any child who
may need extra visual supports. The storybook guide is available on
the museum's Web site, www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/accessibility.html.
The museum's Play for All events allow children and families
with disabilities time to experience the museum an hour before it
opens to the public. A quiet room, resource tables with information
for parents and caregivers and multisensory programs are
The next Play for All events are Sept. 17, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and
Dec. 12. Call (312) 464-7679 in advance to register.
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