This platform is designed to be flexible and adaptable to your needs, wherever you find yourself in your journey of program development. It is comprehensive for the user who is starting from the very beginning, and can be selectively used by someone who is reviewing content, or by someone who has existing knowledge and experience but is looking to build upon it. It can also be used to troubleshoot issues once a program has begun, and even to train staff and facilitators.
To be successful, your program should apply each area of consideration, as they are interconnected and support each other in achieving engagement. Whether you start from Module One and work sequentially through all six (which would be the ideal approach for someone new to this kind of program), or select individual modules based on specific needs right now will depend on your knowledge and goals.
Take a moment to create your own learning plan by answering a few questions:
Program philosophy, target audience, potential community connections, understanding stigma, applying the Model for Successful Engagement, understanding stigma, and applying the Model for Successful Engagement.
Changes in the brain, what to expect in the museum, strengths and abilities.
Potential areas for adaptation in your spaces and setting up virtual environments.
Communication, assistive strategies, and how to capitalize on abilities and adapt to areas of difficulty.
How to plan and adapt tours and conversations about collections and how to plan and adapt hands-on activities.
Defining and identifying engagement, evaluation tools, and data.
Based on your answers, you can plan which modules you’d like to use. There are learning activities throughout which will help you build a program plan for yourself as you go, either by accessing them as you come to them, or by downloading the full workbook now.