Access for All: Designing Experiences for People with Autism

Transit Museum PlatformAccess for All:

Designing Experiences for People with Autism

Are you interested in developing programs for people with autism but need guidance on how to get started? Does your organization already serve people with autism but would like additional information on best practices, as well as concrete suggestions on how to improve your programs?

On May 1st, the New York Transit Museum, home to nationally-recognized access programs, is hosting a day of conversation around how to best serve people with autism. The symposium will include presentations and discussions with scientists, therapists, parents, educators, and advocates.

Join us on May 1st to learn how your organization can make a difference in the lives of people with autism.

Who Should Attend?

  • Community centers, museums, arts organizations, recreation programs, literacy programs, places of worship, youth development programs, camps, or other similar organizations.
  • Psychiatry and social work students, museum studies or museum education students, social workers, or representatives from other academic programs.
  • Parents, grandparents, advocates, and anyone else interested in learning more about autism and programs.

Event Details

Monday, May 1st, 2017, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn

8:30am – 9:30am: Light breakfast provided
9:30am – 4:30pm: Symposium, with lunch break
4:30pm: Reception

$85 / $60 for students 

* Limited scholarships available. For scholarship information, please send a statement of need and the desired scholarship amount to [email protected].


Keynote Speaker: Amy Gravino

Amy Gravino, M.A., is a Certified Autism Specialist, self-advocate, and the president of A.S.C.O.T. Coaching. She is an autism consultant, mentor, and college coach for individuals on the autism spectrum. Amy is also a professional national speaker who has given two TED talks, spoken at the United Nations, and presented to numerous audiences on a variety of topics related to autism.

The Latest In Scientific & Academic Work On Autism

In this session, scientists, psychologists, and academics will come together to discuss autism from the perspective of their work and also illuminate current scientific research, including Autism Speaks’ genome project and the latest in technology communication. Presenters include professor and psychologist Michelle Gorenstein-Holtzman, PsyD, Autism Speaks’ Head of Genomic Discovery Mathew Pletcher, Ph. D. and professor Meryl Alper, Ph.D.

A Strengths-Based Approach for Developing Programs

How can special interests make students with autism more engaged with the world around them? How can programs use individuals’ interests to create positive environments? Experts in the field will give advice on tools and techniques that can be used to better engage and accommodate people with autism using a strengths-based approach. Presenters include Susan Brennan, CCC-SLP, autism specialist, Amy Gravino, autism specialist, Lauren Hough, MSEd, NYU Steinhardt Associate Professor , Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA, and Play Therapist, Amy Weber, LCSW.

Words from a Parent: Beth Rosenberg

Beth Rosenberg is an educator with over 20 years of experience teaching students and educators. She founded Tech Kids Unlimited in 2009 after realizing that her son, who learns differently, loved technology but wasn’t exposed to it during the school day. She is on the faculty at NYU-Tandon School of Engineering in the Department of Technology, Culture, & Society. She consults on special needs and education programs at cultural and community organizations, and she is a tireless advocate for access programs.

Programs in Action

What do successful programs for people with autism look like? Join representatives from the New York Transit Museum, Lincoln Center, MoMA, and the FAR Fund to learn more about current programming trends and how you can bring them back to your organization.


For information on wheelchair access, American Sign Language interpreters, Assisted Listening Devices, or other accessibility matters please visit the accessibility page.

Access for All: Designing Experiences for People with Autism is generously supported by the Meringoff Family Foundation.