The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum provides specialized programs and resources to support and enhance the experience of all visitors, including those with disabilities and their peers and families.
All specialized programs for school, community and family groups include enhanced sensory opportunities and support both social-emotional and academic goals. Participants have the opportunity to practice their problem-solving, collaboration, self-regulation and other social skills in a unique, safe and supportive environment. Museum educators draw connections between participants’ experiences and the real challenges crew members, pilots, engineers and astronauts faced and overcame. Programs relate to history and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).
The Intrepid Museum offers Early Morning Openings for individuals with autism eight times a year. By opening its doors one hour early, program participants - either children (ages 3-18) and their families or teens (15+) and adults - can experience the Museum in a sensory-friendly environment. Educators lead short, interactive tours designed for all learners, as well as drop-in art activities and structured social/play opportunities.