COSI is a vibrant hub of scientific activity, engaging nearly one million learners of all ages through our onsite and outreach experiences. We inspire an interest in science and encourage people to want to learn more are the amazing world around them. Through a recent partnership with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Autism Treatment Network, COSI invited Dr. James Mulick, a physician with Nationwide Children's Hospital, to provide a free lecture titled "Understanding the Child Brain and Autism". We were thrilled with the attendance, which included parents, students, and teachers interested in learning more about Autism, and it also provoked an interest in not only myself, but also the Autism Treatment Network at Nationwide Children's Hospital to forge a partnership.
What exactly was that interest in..? We both wanted to know...How can we make COSI more enjoyable for children on the autism spectrum?
Through the many meetings with our partners at Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Autism Society Central Ohio, research conducted by other museum colleagues across the country, and the sponsorship by the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Partnerships, Azuka MuMin; COSI has begun to think about how we can be a more inclusive and enjoyable resource for families with children who have special needs.
After several months of planning we are really excited to announce one of our first events at COSI focused on creating a more "sensory friendly" environment for children on the autism spectrum. Through our partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital's Autism Treatment Network and the Autism Society Central Ohio, COSI will offer two "Autism Awareness and Activities Events" this year. These events will allow families with children on the autism spectrum to access COSI an hour before normal operating hours, in order to explore exhibits in a more sensory friendly environment. Families will also have the opportunity to chat with autism experts during "Meet the Expert" and enjoy additional discounts on some of our other popular experiences. We are really excited about the outreach of this new event and we are looking forward to continuing to meet the needs of all families within Central Ohio. Keep an eye out... COSI has some other exciting things in the works!
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