The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) is proud to offer and encourage engaging, inclusive STEAM experiences that are accessible to visitors of all abilities.
AAHOM offers Sensory Friendly Kits for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder or those with other sensory sensitivities. These kits, which include fidgets, headphones, and sunglasses, are designed to enhance the Museum experience and are included with admission. They can be checked out and returned to the front desk.
Families who want to know more about our environment before an actual visit can:
AAHOM recognizes the diversity of our visitors’ abilities and needs, and is making its exhibits and programs accessible to the widest possible audience. Anyone who requires an aid or service to engage with the Museum, or who has any questions regarding our ability to accommodate their visit, should contact the Museum’s Accessibility Programs Coordinator at (734) 205-9564 or fill out our Contact Us Form (choose Accessibility as the department).
My Turn, at www.myturncommunity.org, was created by AAHOM for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). My Turn offers families affected by ASD a less sensory stimulating, crowd-free environment to explore popular venues at their own pace and in their own way, including hands-on activities designed for those with ASD. My Turn provides online prep materials for each program, such as social stories and picture schedules. Each venue also offers families a designated quiet room that includes a sensory tool kit with weighted lap pads and tactile toys.
My Turn is managed by AAHOM in collaboration with community partners from the arts and culture community. My Turn is offered on the second Sunday of each month and rotates between partner locations.
Growing Together is an eight-week long volunteer program at AAHOM that partners college students with students in our special needs community to act as volunteer docent teams. Working together, all of the students learn lifelong skills by leading hands-on activities, interacting with visitors and exhibits, and assisting with special projects around the Museum In addition, AAHOM offers inclusive volunteer opportunities for community members of all abilities. To learn more about Growing Together, or if you have any questions about volunteering, please contact the Museum’s Volunteer Coordinator at (734) 995-5439 or fill out our Contact Us Form (choose Volunteers as the department).