A neurodivergent child and a neurotypical actor put on hats, along with a neurotypical actor, behind an open wooden box on the Ford’s Theatre stage. His parents take photos of them.
Actor Chris Stinson and participants during the October 2023 Ford’s For Me sensory-friendly museum experience, on the Ford’s Theatre stage. Photo by Carolina Dulcey.

Ford’s For Me

A sensory-friendly museum program designed to create a welcoming environment for individuals with sensory sensitivities. 

Approximately 2 hours.
Recommended for ages 6+

Ford’s Theatre is committed to accessibility at all levels and is thrilled for the return of Ford’s For Me, in partnership with the National Park Service. This free sensory-friendly museum program creates an experience that is welcoming for families and people with sensory sensitivities who might benefit from an adjusted environment, including those with autism. This fall, stay tuned for more programming for older children and young adults! Adaptations for this museum experience may include: 

  • Pre-visit social narrative and other preparatory materials describing what to expect 
  • Lower sound levels, especially for surprising or loud sounds in the exhibits 
  • Thematic activities 
  • Reduced wait times 
  • Limited crowds at Ford’s Theatre during the day and time of the experience 
  • Ford’s Theatre staff trained to be inviting and accommodating to patrons’ needs; and 
  • Allowance for the use of tablets and smartphones for communication. 

Learn more about Ford’s Theatre accessibility options at the link below.

Ford’s Theatre accessibility programs are supported by the Liberty Mutual Foundation

Ford’s For Me Testimonials

“Staff was absolutely amazing!! It is nice to know that everything is thought of for a calm, educational, and enjoyable event.” 
Event Attendee, 2019 
“This was an amazing experience and was even better than we had hoped. The social story beforehand was amazing … Thank you for putting all the time and effort into the event.”
Event Attendee, 2019 
“Thank you to the staff at the event. We really appreciate that people get there so early on a Saturday morning so that my family can experience the museum in a setting that works for my son with autism. Thank you for giving us an amazing family experience other typical families might take for grant
Event Attendee, 2019

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