Rebecca Davies conducted some initial research as part of our pilot project, to understand the current position of the approach to neurodivergence, and specifically autism, in museums.
About The Neurodiverse Museum
The Neurodiverse Museum strives to change the way museums approach their work with and for neurodivergent people. Our organisation works primarily online to support museums and museum professionals to develop their practice across three key identified areas of workforce, audiences and collections.
We aim to shift the dialogue and provision from deficit, person first, exclusionary models, to presumed competence, identify first, inclusionary models with #ActuallyAustitic and neurodivergent voice at its heart.
We are currently in the process of developing the next stage of the project and accessing funding to support a wide scale programme to support neurodivergent people to access museums, see themselves reflected through museum display and collecting, and support pathways to the workforce which are currently not available - with lived experience expertise always at the centre.
Information and research
Over the coming months we will be sharing research, case studies, and a range of supporting provision to ensure neurodiversity is viewed and supported in-line with lived experience.
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We also run The Museums and Neurodiversity Network meeting - for more details head to the training and support page.
This resource helps to explain the neurodiversity movement and some of the terminology at play when considering provision working with and for neurodivergent individuals.
Informed by our network, the principles seek to outline what our sector must work to achieve to create equitable experiences for neurodivergent people in our spaces.
Training and support
We will be launching a range of training programmes, resources and detailing our consultancy offer to support organisations in their development. Alongside this we are also working on wider support for those wishing to develop their individual practice - see below for more.
The Museums and Neurodiversity Network
The network seeks to provide an opportunity for individuals to share their experiences and insights, exchange ideas and collaborate towards our shared goal of creating a more understanding, equitable and neurodivergent-friendly museum sector. Learning together and calling out good and bad practice. The network is neurodiverse - consisting of both neurodivergent members and members of the neuromajority. Not all of our members come from museums, everyone has varying experience and backgrounds both professionally and personally. The network currently meets online quarterly, typically on a Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00. We are looking to add a second meeting each quarter hosted on an evening. We work to ensure these meetings are accessible. All are welcome and its free to join the network, to do so just come along to a meeting!
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The Neurodiverse Museum is working hard to change the way museums work with and for neurodivergent people.
To ensure that this discussion happens on a sector wide scale, and is a dialogue that is led by neurodivergent people, we have created The Neurodiverse Museum Conference!
Aimed at providing museums and wider cultural sector staff with a clear understanding of neurodivergence as well as practical ideas to increase accessibility and relevant provision.
Drawing together museum staff who wish to develop their understanding and practice of neurodivergence to discuss and engage with each other about furthering neurodivergent access, representation, and workforce.
When people think about neurodivergent audiences, they tend to think about accessibility. However, as with all audiences and individuals, neurodivergent people want to see themselves reflected in the displays and provision of museums. This training session supports understanding and confidence in this area, and provides practical advice and examples to implement. Coming soon…..
We aim to publish a wide variety of neurodivergent voices here and support a greater understanding of what neurodiversity is, and how museums can better support and work with neurodivergent people.
Discover how you can become a member organisation and access benefits to support your development towards neuroinclusivity and equity for neurodivergent people in your spaces. Support us to continue to deliver our work towards making the museums and cultural sectors more equitable for and representative of our neurodiverse population.
I’m Saraya! I’m currently the Kickstart Programme Assistant here at The Neurodiverse Museum. I’ve been able to spend the last year involved in lots of museum activity. All of which has brought me to this exciting position.
We’re looking for guest bloggers! We want this website and project to be about raising awareness of neurodivergent voice, and supporting a greater and more meaningful approach by the cultural sector, and museums specifically towards neurodivergent people. if you’d like to share your experience or activity, please download the blog template by clicking the link … Continued
You may have seen activity growing across the heritage sector (and in other areas of life) specifically for neurodivergent people – individuals whose state of being is different from the neurotypical experience (this encompasses autism, ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia etc). Whilst this is to be applauded in starting to consider the needs of neurodivergent visitors, there is a concern that the resulting outputs are often not driven by neurodivergent people themselves and as a result, do not, on the whole, meet need.