Last week we were pleased to announce our partnership with the Autism Alliance of Michigan, a state-based agency dedicated to improving the lives of families with autism. Our goal every day at The Henry Ford is to make sure our guests have an outstanding experience while here on our campus, so calling out special information for guests with autism is something we’re very happy to do.
Providing specialized information for guests’ needs isn’t new to us. We’re always looking to communities to tell us what would make their visit here even better. When we created large-scale maps to hand out on site, we worked with special groups to make sure the printed materials were beneficial to those with vision impairments.
As part of our partnership with AAOM, resource guidelines are being created for families to review prior to their visit. Some of those guidelines will help guests with learning about our:
- Environments and sensorial experiences
- Dietary options
- Areas for noise reduction
- Hospitality services
Key members of our front-line staff will also be receiving training in basic aspects of autism. We’ll continue to meet with the AAOM to learn more about autism and improve our offerings for those guests.
Whether you’re enjoying a walk around Greenfield Village or a visit inside Henry Ford Museum, The Henry Ford is a safe place for all families. Everyday our staff members continue to grow and learn how we can best serve the needs of all of our guests.
To kick off this new partnership, we’re pleased to present a special Day Out with Thomas experience for families with autism. You can learn more about this event over on AAOM’s website, but the agency will be on site that day and host meeting areas for families to enjoy.
We’re looking forward to growing our partnership with AAOM. Making all of our guests happy is what we do – it’s our job, and we’re proud to do it.
Make sure to keep an eye on our “Visit” section of our website for links to AAOM in the coming weeks.