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Check out new Resources and Programs for Children on the Autism Spectrum and their Families

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Access Programs at the Intrepid Museum are generously supported by the Barker Welfare Foundation, the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation, the Charles Evans Foundation, the FAR Fund, the Ambrose Monell Foundation, and the Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund. This program is supported, in part, by Public Funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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Limited Mobility

Because of Intrepid’s status as a historic landmark, most, although not all, of the Museum is fully accessible by wheelchair.  Areas that are not accessible by wheelchair include the fo’c’s’le, combat information center, submarine Growler and Concorde.  All restrooms and dining areas are fully accessible, as well as the flight deck, hangar deck and mess deck.

For areas that are not accessible for visitors with limited mobility, take the VIRTUAL TOUR to explore the Museum’s collections through photographs, maps and 360 degree panoramic views of exhibitions. Light-weight accessible stools are available to borrow from the Information Desk.

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Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

   
ASL-Led/Voice Interpreted Tour
ASL-led tours are provided at no cost but space is limited to 25 people per tour. Recommended age for participants is 8 years old and up. Assistive Listening Devices with hearing loops are available upon request.

Tours will be led in ASL by Alexandria Wailes, who has several years of experience giving tours at renowned New York museums.

These programs are free, but advance registration is required. To RESERVE YOUR SPOT please contact us at access@intrepidmuseum.org. Please label the subject of the email with your preferred date to attend. At this time, we are unable to accommodate ASL students. If you are interested in observing a program, please contact us at the above email address.


RESOURCES:

Open captioning is available on videos in the exhibit space.

The Audio Guide with neck loop that is T-coil compatible is available, as well as ASL video guides. Immerse yourself in the USS Intrepid adventure as you walk the ship and learn the pilots' and crew members' stories in their own words. Audio guides and video guides are available for rental during regular museum hours.

A T-coil accessible assistive listening system is installed in the Howard and Allison Lutnick Theater, as well as the Space Shuttle Pavilion. A portable induction loop can be set up for special events and programs upon request.

ASL interpretation is available for all public tours and programs, upon advance request. Please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org at least two weeks prior to the program. ASL interpretation is provided at no additional charge.

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Blind & Partially Sighted

   

For visitors who are blind or have low vision, educators lead tours that incorporate verbal description, guided touch of aircraft, models and tactile images. To schedule a private verbal description/touch tour, please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or 646-381-5182 at least two weeks prior to the visit.


RESOURCES:

The Verbal Description and Tactile Guide features a multi-page tactile map of the Intrepid Museum Complex with raised images of several key exhibitions and objects. Using a talking smart pen, visitors can tap the map to uncover layers of way-finding directions, verbal descriptions and stories from former crew members. Guides are available to borrow from the Information Desk. Here is a video that demonstrates the use of this guide:

Tactile Information Cards in Braille and Large Print of select exhibitions and artifacts are available to borrow at the Information Desk.

Large print labels for all permanent and temporary exhibitions are available to borrow at the Information Desk.

New York State Council on the ArtsMade possible, in part, by Public Funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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Dementia & Caregivers

For visitors with dementia and their caregivers, the Intrepid Museum offers The Stories Within, a guided multi-sensory program designed to spark conversation and memory.

To register, contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646-381-5182.

Concorde: Arrive before You Leave
Tuesday, May 12, 2:00pm–3:30pm
Traveling the speed of sound in luxury! Learn about the trials and triumphs of this supersonic passenger plane.

Life at Sea
Tuesday, June 9, 2:00pm–3:30pm
From stem to stern, discover what it was like to live and work on Intrepid during its tours in World War II and the Vietnam War.


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Access Family Programs

 
Children with Autism and their Families:
On select weekends and school breaks, the Museum opens its doors one hour early for families with children on the autism spectrum. Educators lead short, interactive tours designed for the whole family as well as drop-in art activities and structured play opportunities. These programs are free, but space is limited. To learn more about upcoming programs, visit our autism resource page.

If you would like to participate in Intrepid Museum’s Early Morning Opening for Children with Autism and their Families, click here to register.

 

Access Family Programs for Children with Developmental or Learning Disabilities,
aged 5-17:

These two-hour programs, based on rotating themes, include a tour of the Museum and an art-making activity intended to engage the entire family. These programs are free, but space is limited.

Helicopters
Sunday, June 14, 11:00am-1:00pm
Discover how helicopters have saved people throughout Intrepid’s history, and lean about their connection to space travel! Get up close to helicopters and practice your piloting skills.

Astronaut Training
Sunday, July 26, 11:00am-1:00pm

Learn what it takes to travel to and from space! Visit the Space Shuttle Pavilion and practice training like an astronaut in this special program, held in conjunction with the Intrepid Museum’s fourth annual Space & Science Festival.

Commissioning Intrepid

Sunday, August 16, 11:00am–1:00pm
Celebrate Intrepid’s 72nd birthday by remembering the people who served aboard the ship and the places they traveled. Hear stories from former crew members and throw a party for the ship!

Submarines

Sunday, September 20, 11:00am–1:00pm
Learn about life aboard the submarine Growler and its connections to life on land. Then experiment with water and buoyancy to learn how submarines stay submerged. Families have the option to explore Growler or immerse themselves in the interactive exhibition Submerged.

Jets
Sunday, October 18, 11:00am–1:00pm
Explore the Intrepid Museum’s aircraft collection to learn more about our high-speed jets, including the supersonic Blackbird and Concorde, and then experiment with plane design.

Intrepid and the Space Race
Sunday, November 15, 11:00am–1:00pm

Discover Intrepid’s connection to space travel and America’s early missions to explore space.


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If you would like to participate in Intrepid Museum’s Access Family Programs for Children with Developmental or Learning Disabilities, click here to register.

 

Access Family Programs for Adults with Developmental Disabilities,
ages 18 and up:

For adults with developmental disabilities and their families, the Museum offers guided multi-sensory programs that include hands-on explorations.

These programs are free but space is limited.

Astronaut Training—Sunday, July 26, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Learn what it takes to travel to and from space! Visit the Space Shuttle Pavilion and practice training like an astronaut in this special program, held in conjunction with the Intrepid Museum’s fourth annual Space & Science Festival.

Jets—Sunday, October 18, 2:00pm–4:00pm
Explore the Intrepid Museum’s aircraft collection to learn more about our high-speed jets, including the supersonic Blackbird and Concorde, and then experiment with plane design.

Download and share information about our programs!

If you would like to participate in Intrepid Museum’s Access Family Programs for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, click here to register.


For groups of adults with developmental disabilities, such as residences, recreational programs and respite groups, the Museum offers guided multi-sensory programs about life at sea, aviation, and space exploration. For information and pricing, please contact access@intrepidmuseum.org or 646-381-5182

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School and Community Programs

 

We offer modified programming that is tailored to meet the needs, goals and interests of the group, including the following:

  • Enhanced sensory tours for students and adults with developmental disabilities
  • American Sign Language interpretation
  • Assistive listening devices with hearing loops
  • Verbal description/touch tours
  • Modified school programs

For students with autism, a pre-visit lesson at the school can be arranged.
For students with low vision, a pre-visit lesson at the school can be arranged.

School programs need to be booked in advance. Please email access@intrepidmuseum.org or call 646-381-5182.

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