Tools & Resources

Resources from Lisa Jo Rudy
Over the years, I've written a book, created a website, researched and developed hundreds of articles and blog posts, and presented information and trainings at conferences and museums.  Many are online; I'm also glad to share my presentations upon request.  Please let me know about other materials, including templates, online trainings, podcasts, etc. to add to this section.

My book for parents of children with autism includes a chapter on museums, as well as extensive tips on how to reach out to and engage families with autism.

I wrote this guide for the Boston Children's Museum; it includes a range of ideas for inclusion both in museums and in other out-of-school settings.

Authentic Inclusion
This site, and its accompanying blog, are dedicated to the full, respectful, "authentic" inclusion of all kinds of thinkers, creators and learners in community and educational settings. to address the subject of "authentic" inclusion. is a part of the New York Times Company, and Autism @ is a medically reviewed website, blog, forum and newsletter featuring hundreds of articles and thousands of blog posts on topics related to all aspects of life on the spectrum.

As a museum professional, I've written and consulted on authentic inclusion.  This article in the American Association of Museum's journal Museum News offers museum professionals tools, resources and reasons to make inclusion a reality.

Welcoming Kids Who Learn Differently 
This article appeared in the AAM's Exhibitionist Magazine, and describes several programs designed specifically for visitors with developmental differences including autism.

How can you teach a child who isn't a verbal learner?  Try museums, nature centers, zoos, gardens... or almost anywhere except the classroom.  Explore this article in Autism Aspergers Digest to learn more.
Explore this blog post on the Jessica Kingsley Publishers site to find a collection of tips and ideas for finding community settings where your child - and your family - can grow and thrive.

Autism in the Museum Powerpoint
This presentation, developed for the New England Museum Association, provides detailed information about what to expect from autistic visitors, and best practices for making your museum and staff more supportive and welcoming to visitors with developmental and learning differences.

Additional Tools and Resources

Carol Gray is the developer of the "social story."  Here is her page on how to write social stories.  

The Autism Society of America is a very large, well-established autism advocacy group with chapters all around the United States.  Your local chapter may be willing to help you develop autism inclusion tools at your museum.
Training on Disability and Inclusion from Art Beyond Sight includes videos and more on Autism and Museums. 

Kids Included Together offers trainings and resources for inclusion of children with all sorts of special needs.

AIR (Autism Inclusion Resources) run by Wendy Ross offers consulting on inclusion for families and organizations. 



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