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Fairfield Museum plans programming for special needs children

Published 4:34 pm, Thursday, April 10, 2014
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As part of a growing movement in museums nationwide, the Fairfield Museum and History Center is offering a new program, "Discovering Our Way," for families with special-needs children, featuring interactive gallery tours in a small group setting. The program will be offered Saturdays, April 5, April 26 and May 3 in two sessions: 10 to 10:45 a.m. or 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Discovering Our Way is designed for families with both mainstream and special-needs children ages 7 through 13 to enjoy the museum in a safe, low-stress environment. The program will include an interactive tour in the American Revolution section of the "Creating Community: Celebrating 375 Years of Our Past" exhibition. Discovering Our Way offers a quieter, less crowded experience for these children and their families, allowing them to enjoy the exhibition at their own pace.

Christine Jewell, the museum's director of education who has more than 10 years of experience developing and implementing museum education programs, will be leading the tours along with Bonita Lee, a Connecticut-certified special education teacher.

Planning for the new program began more than a year ago with the Fairfield Special Education PTA and parents and educators of special needs children.

"The goal of the program was to meet the special challenges faced by these families, while addressing the Fairfield Museum's mission which is to inspire students of all ages and backgrounds with museum experiences that are personal and meaningful," Jewell said.

Reservations for the program at the museum, 370 Beach Road, are required by calling 203-259-1598. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, visit www.fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.