Play Your Way is a special event for children with autism, ages 2-15, and their families. The evening is part of CDM’s Autism Initiative, which includes online parent resources such as a CDM-specific social story, staff training, and several Play Your Way events held throughout the year, in partnership with autism professionals, parents of children with autism, and CDM staff.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Call (408)673-2822 for questions about the event. For more information about the Museum’s Autism Initiative, visit www.cdm.org/autism.
Children's Discovery Museum (CDM) is aware that families of children with autism often avoid museums and other busy social environments because their children find the crowds and noise overwhelming, causing them to become upset and act out. With a Museum-wide goal of being an inclusive, welcoming place for all families, CDM strives to understand better how we can support families affected by autism by ensuring that we offer well-informed resources, programs, exhibits and environments while also educating staff and visitors about the autism spectrum.
Guided by our Autism Advisory Group (which consists of parents of children with autism and autism professionals from a variety of organizations**), CDM has developed staff training, an evening event called Play Your Way, and online resources, including short and long versions of a visit story and tips for visiting CDM.
**The Autism Advisory Group includes representatives from the following organizations: Hope Services, The Morgan Center, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, San Andreas Regional Center and Aspiranet, special education teachers and resource specialists, and CDM staff.