The needs of all children and families are at the center of LICM4all, a Museum-wide initiative to reach, engage and better serve visitors with disabilities.
Some changes have been made at the Museum as part of our re-opening protocols. We know that change is hard and we want children to know what is different so that they can understand the new rules to keep us all safe and well. We've prepared a social story to help you get ready for your next visit to the Children's Museum.
We host exclusive Museum time for families with children with disabilites. Friendly Hours include alterations to Museum lighting and sound. Pre-registration for this event is required as attendance is limited.
As COVID-19 cases rise in the region, the Museum has expanded availability to bi-monthly, free visitation hours to support children with disabilities who are medically unable to tolerate a facemask.
Our next Friendly Hours events are on Fridays, April 9th and 23rd from 4:30 - 6:30pm.
LICM4all: Supporting Visitors with Disabilities
Access and Inclusion Manager 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.
Visit LICM at Home
We have online content including videos, downloads, full-length Theater productions, and other resources so you can Visit LICM at Home. Multi-disciplinary experiences include science, literacy, movement, art tutorials, meeting our animals, understanding advocacy and more.
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.
More Program Offerings
- Assistive Devices available for visitors include sensory backpacks, noise reducing headphones, weighted lap-pads, fidget items and PCS cards. In addition, wheelchairs are available at the Information Desk for visitor use throughout the Museum.
- LICM4all tours are field trips created with the needs of self-contained classes in mind, providing flexibility and accommodations to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment for your students. See LICM4all tour details. *Currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions.
- Sensory-Friendly Theater brings the live theater experience to children and families with a range of sensory, learning and communication differences in an exclusive environment. Past sensory-friendly performances include Journey to Oz, Happy as Clams and Elephant and Piggie's: We Are in a Play. Wheelchair spaces and companion seats are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis for all LICM performances through the LICM Box Office. Please call (516) 224-5868 to secure tickets. *Theater temporarily closed for renovation.
- ASL Interpreted Performances bring the live theater experience to children and families who are deaf or hard-of-hearing with a certified ASL Interpreter. See past ASL interpreted performance. *Theater temporarily closed for renovation.
- 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)
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.
There's an App for That!
Our new, free LICM4all app enables visitors to preview exhibits, create a customized schedule and view tips for each gallery so you can work together to customize a visit that supports your family’s interests. Bonus: enjoy Museum-based games as part of the app.
Through LICM4all, we provide resources for families of children with disabilities to enable them to become stronger advocates for their children, and we work to create connections and understanding among all families in the community.
LICM4all is developed in collaboration with an Advisory Committee comprised of professionals and organizations in the community serving these populations.
Have a question or suggestion on LICM's accessibility offerings? Call Beth Ann Balalaos at (516) 224-5853 or email email@example.com.
LICM4all is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and these additional funders:
- The Gertrude and Louis Feil Family Foundation
- Barker Welfare Foundation
- Frank J. Antun Foundation
- Janice Michelle Foundation
- Laura J. Niles Foundation
- Engel Burman
- Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
- Frederick R. Coudert Foundation
- Bahnik Foundation