The Museum offers a weeklong camp for children ages 8 to 14 with developmental disabilities. The All Access Maker Camp connects children’s strengths and passions for aircraft, space, LEGOs, history, drawing, and computers with a supportive space for authentic exploration, socializing, and personal growth.
The camp is an outgrowth of the Museum’s commitment to inclusivity. Maker spaces and programs offer tremendous opportunities for all learners to explore new materials, think creatively, and exercise social-emotional skills such as problem-solving and collaboration. All maker programs and spaces should be accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities. No one should be excluded from expanding their skills, deepening their interests, or sharing their expertise because of physical, communication, or emotional barriers. And because of their multisensory and exploratory nature, maker spaces and programs start in a great position for inclusivity.
Charlotte Martin, manager of access initiatives, wrote about best practices for accessible and inclusive maker spaces and programs in the current issue of Connected Science Learning.