Access Programs

Access Programs for Individuals of All Abilities

The Center welcomes visitors of all abilities to the museum and to participate in education programming. The Center’s Accessibility page lists available accommodations. All tours can be adapted to address individual and group needs. For more information or to make arrangements, contact Education (ycba.tours@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2858).

Volunteers helping students make art in the Docent Room, photograph by Jaime Ursic

Exploring Artism: A Program for Families

Saturdays, September 23, October 21, and November 18, 10:30 am–noon

This is a free program for families with children who are five to twelve years of age and on the autism spectrum. Participants look at artwork in the museum’s galleries and create a follow-up project in a museum classroom. A quiet room is available throughout the session with blankets and sensory toys. While the needs of individuals with autism are taken into account for the design of this program, it is also intended to be fun for parents, siblings, and other relatives too! Preregistration is required.

For more information or to register a child, contact Education (ycba.tours@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2858) with your name, number, and a good time to reach you. A museum educator will contact you by phone to complete your registration.

This program is conducted by the Education department of the Yale Center for British Art in consultation with the Yale Child Study Center and is recommended by the Autism Parents Community (APC). More information can be found at the Exploring Artism at the Yale Center for British Art e-resource.

Exploring Artism participants working in the Docent Room, photograph by Jaime Ursic

Exploring Artism with iPads

The Center’s Education department received a donation of iPads from Yale’s Collaborative Learning Center and through the generosity of private donors. The iPads are used for the Exploring Artism program to enhance the museum experience and provide new avenues of learning for participants.

Artworxx opening reception in Docent Room, photograph by Jaime Ursic

Artworxx: A Program for Teen Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Center’s Education department teaches a bimonthly collaborative museum and studio art program to teen girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) as part of the Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Yale Child Study Center. Over the last ten years, ASD interventionists and researchers have begun to appreciate that the development of socialization and communication processes for girls and women is quite different from that of boys and men. The Initiative is designed to address these communication and socialization differences through recreational and communal activities. These activities allow our participants to pursue their particular interests and leisure activities in a safe and supportive environment.

For more information or if you or your daughter with ASD is interested in participating, contact Education (ycba.tours@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2858). Additional facts about the Initiative for Girls and Women with ASDs can be found at Yale’s Child Study Center website. 

A docent teaching Chapel Haven participants in the fourth-floor galleries, photograph by Jaime Ursic

Out to Art

Since 2009, the Center has developed art museum educational programming with Residential Education at Chapel Haven (REACH), located in New Haven. Chapel Haven is committed to providing a lifelong program of individualized support services for adults with developmental and social disabilities, enabling them to live independent and productive lives. Out to Art provides REACH students ages eighteen and older with a wide range of museum activities and opportunities for sensory learning. Theme-based classes include visits to museum departments, behind-the-scenes tours, close looking at art objects, and studio activities to promote communication skills, theory of mind, memory, and interpersonal connections. Participants build life skills through art.  

For more information or to make arrangements for a special needs group, contact Education (ycba.tours@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2858). A museum educator will contact you by phone to discuss your group’s specific needs.