Special needs at The Henry Ford

Special Needs at The Henry Ford Complex

(Scroll down to learn of an upcoming event at Greenfield Village, including a coupon!)

Last year the Accessibility Director from The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan contacted me. Caroline wanted to know if I’d be willing to participate in an interview about their Sensory Friendly Saturday program. WOW! Of course I would!

In January I found myself walking through the museum with Caroline, turning a corner behind the Rosa Parks exhibit area, and looking at a bunch of recording equipment. Whoa. This was for real! While I waited for the crew to finish setting up equipment, I chatted with the man who would do my interview. Guess what–he had a son with Asperger syndrome! This put me at ease and we had a great interview.

There are two things in particular that I loved about this experience.

  1. I was part of something bigger. The department interviewed other people as well. The video they wanted to create was not just about autism, but about how The Henry Ford adapts to welcome a variety of guests.
  2. Because of my online connections with other special needs moms, I was able to share ideas of how the complex could further enhance visitor experiences. Some of these ideas I would not have thought of if I hadn’t known these women. (Want to join over 10,000 special needs moms on Facebook? Visit Special Needs Moms Network!

Want to see the interview and learn about what The Henry Ford does for guests, including those with vision and hearing impairments, as well as autism folks? Watch below. Look for Caroline (in braids) and the lady who brings her friends for tactile tours! I chatted with both of them.

Great news! Greenfield Village in Metro Detroit is hosting a Sensory Friendly Saturday at the end of April, coordinating with A Day out with Thomas. Head over here to get the scoop and be sure to scroll down for a coupon!

(I was not compensated in any way for this interview or this blog post. I just love The Henry Ford. It’s been a great place for my son to practice social skills.)