The needs of all children and families are at the center of LICM4all, a Museum-wide initiative to provide accessibility and inclusion resources for all Museum visitors.

Friendly Hours

We host monthly Museum time designed for families with children with disabilities. Friendly Hours include alterations to Museum lighting and sound. Pre-registration for this event is required as attendance is limited. Tickets are available the first of each month.

Next Event: March 15,  6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Save the dates for additional Friendly Hours:
April 26, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
May 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
June 21, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

 

Sensory Friendly Theater

Each year, we host several Sensory-Friendly Theater performances. Sensory-Friendly Theater performances welcome children and families with a range of disabilities to enjoy the live theater experience in a comfortable setting that includes lighting and sound adjustments.

Save the dates for our upcoming performances: 
March 15, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Journey to Oz 
April 26, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!

Please note the Friendly Hours event and the Sensory Friendly Performance require separate registrations.

Five actors in costume pose with two members of the audience on LICM stage.

Cast members meet audience before show to introduce elements of the show that may be unfamiliar to them and talk and pose for pictures after performances.

Sensory Room

This dedicated room provides a respite for children with sensory sensitivities who are feeling anxious or overwhelmed during their visit. The inclusive space includes visual, auditory and tactile resources to create a quiet and calming environment enabling children to self-regulate and return to play.

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This calming space is designed for one family group to take time to relax before returning to play in the Museum.

Assistive Devices 

Sensory backpacks, noise reducing headphones, weighted lap-pads, fidget items and printed PCS cards are available for visitors at the Box Office.  

Wheelchair Accessibility

The Museum and LICM Theater are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available at the Information Desk for visitor use throughout the Museum. 

LICM4all App

Our free LICM4all app enables visitors to view a sensory friendly map, create a customized schedule, and view tips for each gallery. With the app, your family can work together to customize a visit that supports your family’s interests. The free app made in partnership with InfiniTeach is available for download for both iPhone at the App Store and Android on Google Play Store.

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Our app helps visitors prepare for their day through social guides, interactive itineraries, communication cards and fun games.

Download Before Your Visit

  • Visual Vocabulary Cards are used to help those that might need assistance with transitions or communication. Visual Vocabuary cards can also be used for those who prefer to plan their Museum adventures ahead of time. Visual Vocabulary (PDF)
  • PCS (Picture-Communication System) Cards are used to assist those who need help communicating. Our PCS cards features a number of museum rules and reminders. PCS Cards (PDF)

One-to-One Aides

We provide one complimentary admission for a one-to-one aide who is assisting a paid visitor or member who requires special assistance during their visit.

LICM4all is developed in collaboration with an Advisory Committee comprised of professionals and organizations in the community serving these populations.

LICM4all: Supporting Visitors with Disabilities

Access and Inclusion Program Director Beth Ann Balalaos and LICM4all parent Heather Stone tell us how the LICM4all program supports visitors with disabilities and why the program is so important.

Questions?

Have a question or suggestion on LICM's accessibility offerings? Call Beth Ann Balalaos at (516) 224-5853 or email babalalaos@licm.org. 

Thank You

LICM4all is is supported by the generosity of these foundations and corporations:

  • Charitable Lead Annuity Trust under the Will of Louis Feil
  • New York State Council on the Arts
  • Frank J. Antun Foundation
  • Frederic R. Coudert Foundation
  • Marilyn Lichtman Foundation
  • The Marion O. and Maximilian E. Hoffman Foundation 
  • PSEG Foundation
  • Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
  • Laura J. Niles Foundation

Underwriters: Janice Michelle Foundation Inc., Steel Equities, Toscano Financial Group

LICM received critical initial funding for LICM4all from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.