The Transit Museum is dedicated to honoring the strengths of people with disabilites and making its extensive collection accessible to all.
Subway Sleuths is a program that uses a shared interest in trains among 2nd – 5th grade students on the autism spectrum as a means to encourage social interaction between peers and to develop social skills. Using a strength-based approach, participants explore our decommissioned subway station home, solving transit mysteries, becoming transit experts and sharing that enthusiasm with others. Each class is facilitated by a special education teacher and a speech-language pathologist, both trained in ASD support, and a Transit Museum educator. Applications for the fall semester of Subway Sleuths are currently closed.
Developed for teens ages 14-17 who identify as neurodiverse, this week-long program engages participants in deeper content featured at the Transit Museum, and leads us on new adventures in the Museum and throughout the system. The first iteration of Transit Quest, held in August of 2018, included nostalgia rides on Museum train cars, a private tour of Old City Hall Station, and a workshop with DJ Hammers! Applications for Transit Quest are currently closed.
SPECIAL DAY FOR SPECIAL KIDS
Rise and shine then come to the Transit Museum for an early opening! Children with disabilities and their families can come to the Museum an hour before it opens to the public. Free admission, fun activities about transit and a quiet room are offered. All ages welcome. Special Day for Special Kids takes place 3 times a year. For more information, please email us or join our mailing list.
SCHOOL VISITS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
We offer customized tours that meet the learning needs of your students. To learn more about bringing your students to the Museum, please click here.
TOURS FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES
Customized tours are offered for adults with developmental and/or learning disabilities. To learn more about making a group reservation, please click here.
READY TO RIDE
Offered for 6th graders through adults with developmental and/or learning disabilities, this program is an introduction to independent subway travel in the safe environment of our subway station museum. To see a video of the program in action, click here.
S.T.E.P. (SAFETY TRACK EDUCATION PROGRAM)
Once a semester, the New York Transit Museum and the New York City Transit’s Office of ADA Compliance holds a safety track training program for people who are blind or have low-vision. Participants have an opportunity to walk on actual subway tracks in our Museum with the help of track safety workers. For more information, please email our Special Education and Access Coordinator.
DAY HABILITATION DAY
Day Habilitation Day allows individuals and groups to explore the Transit Museum and learn about the programs we offer for adults with disabilities. The event is FREE but registration is required. This event takes place twice a year, in the Fall and Spring seasons. For more information, please email our Special Education and Access Coordinator.
To learn more about accessibility at the New York Transit Museum, please click here.
Funding for access programs is provided by the FAR Fund, the Taft Foundation, the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, the Tiger Baron Foundation, the Meringoff Family Foundation, the Hyde & Watson Foundation, and generous individual donors.