Special Needs Programs

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Special Needs Programs at the Fairfield Museum

This program is designed for families and group programs that serve children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities. Enjoy an interactive tour of the exhibition Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past in a safe, fun and supportive environment.

Multiple themes are available and groups may arrange one – four sessions. Historical themes are based on the Creating Community and include topics on Native Americans, English colonists, and 19th century life. In Colonial Life, discover what clothes the colonists wore, the food they ate and the games they played. The program promotes communication and social skills through high interest activities and interactive games.

The tours are led by Christine Jewell, Fairfield Museum’s Director of Education, who has more than 10 years of experience in museum education, Walter Matis, Program Coordinator, and Bonita Lee. Lee is a specialist in teaching children and adults with learning and developmental disabilities with a private practice offering one-on-one instruction. Matis joined the Fairfield Museum in 2004 and assists in the development and implementation of adult and children’s programs and presents school programs on- and off-site.

The program is 1 1/2 hours, $5 per person, and is available by appointment with flexible dates and times. For more information and to schedule a group tour, contact Christine Jewell at 203-259-1598 or submit a request online. Please specify age level; elementary school (grades 1 – 5), middle school (grades 6,7 & 8) or adults.
Families are encouraged to network with other families to set up dates and times that are convenient for their schedule. The tour is available for a minimum of three and a maximum of four families. Advanced reservations are required by calling Christine Jewell at 203-259-1598.