The Henry Ford
The Autism Alliance of Michigan
The Henry Ford Collaborate for Families with Autism!
The Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAOM) is pleased to partner with The Henry Ford (THF) in Dearborn, MI. Discussions around this collaboration started in the summer of 2012, and are coming to life! AAOM is working with THF to put supports in place to assure an autism-friendly experience for families and their loved ones year round at all of their unique venues. This also includes designating specific events where families with autism can come together and enjoy the wonderful activities available at The Henry Ford.
Some of the coming supports include:
- Michigan Autism Safety Training (MAST) for key THF Employees
- Offering a Special Day Out With Thomas Event this spring
- Creating environmental accommodations including offering ear plugs for certain activities (such as the IMAX Theater), producing social narratives available for all events and exhibits to allow families to plan around potential sensory concerns, time issues, and areas that may be particularly engaging for their loved one with autism. Additionally, we have drafted an overview document with a high level description of autism and related facts that may be helpful to individuals who visit THF and do not have a person with a disability in their family.
- Creating several schedules with access to additional pictures to create a personalized schedule of a trip to any venue at The Henry Ford (which includes Henry Ford Museum , Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour or The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre). We understand it is important to be able to personalize schedules for such a visit, and we will be offering options or information on both AAOM’s and THF’s websites.
GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DAY OUT WITH THOMAS INCLUDING TIMES, LOCATIONS, VIDEOS OF PAST THOMAS EVENTS, AND MORE AT: A Day Out With Thomas