Superhero School Engaging Children on the Autism Spectrum

Janine Natalie B. Edovas
Exhibition and Experience Design

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Title
Superhero School Engaging Children on the Autism Spectrum
Contributor Names
Edovas, Janine Natalie B. (Author)
Cowan, Brenda (Thesis advisor)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Exhibition and Experience Design (Degree granting institution)
Date
2023
Degree Information
M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2023
Department: Exhibition and Experience Design
Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 85-08
Advisor: Brenda Cowan
Committee members: Christina Lyons; Brooke Carlson
Abstract
This paper is organized into two parts. The first part is the Exhibition Thesis which is a study on autism and neurodiversity as they relate to museum programming. The research explores the current practices of museums in welcoming neurodivergent audiences into their institutions. Through primary research consisting of an interview and two prototype testing iterations, as well as secondary research methods, it can be concluded that while museums are being inclusive by accommodating autistic and other neurodivergent visitors, there is still more that can be done to serve this growing segment.
The sensory sensitive programming that museums offer tends to address the factors that make these children "disabled." However, through the lens of neurodiversity, a positive approach can be the solution to being inclusive to visitors who think and learn differently from the neurotypical. Focusing on what children are good at can result in better engagement and healthier self-esteem.
The second part is the Exhibition Project which outlines the application of the findings from the thesis. Research for this part also revealed specific interest areas and abilities that became the key content for the exhibition. A thematic approach is utilized to bring together the different elements: graphics, spatial design, digital, and interactives.
Keywords: Autism, Human-centered design, Inclusive design approach, Neurodivergent visitors
Subject
Museum studies
Science--Study and teaching
Special education
Autism
Inclusive education
Social integration
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Identifier
FIT Repository ID: etd_000956
pqdiss: 30988218
URN/ISBN: 9798381446296
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Text
Thesis
Language
English
Publisher
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses,

Citation

Edovas, J. N. B. (2023). Superhero School Engaging Children on the Autism Spectrum [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155930
Edovas, Janine Natalie B. Superhero School Engaging Children on the Autism Spectrum. 2023. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155930
Edovas, Janine Natalie B. "Superhero School Engaging Children on the Autism Spectrum." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2023. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155930