Inclusive Museum Programs Research Organization Principles Based on Evidence-Based Approach

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Abstract

Russian museums have rich practical experience in excursion and educational activities with different audiences, including visitors with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). On the part of museum staff involved in inclusive activities, there is an increasing demand for consulting and methodological assistance from specialists in the field of helping people with ASD. On the one hand, employees strive to make their programs more professional and identify clear criteria for evaluating the results of their activities, on the other hand, they need knowledge about the principles of interaction with a new audience for museums, the rules for collecting feedback to improve their own activities. The Russian Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM Russia), together with the Federal Resource Center for Organization of Comprehensive Support for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders of the Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, conducted a study of the process of interaction between the creators of inclusive museum programs and the target audience, representing a multigroup cross-section of program implementation indicators in various museums. For each participant of the pilot group (more than 30 museums), an individual design of interaction with the target audience was created within the framework of the existing inclusive program and relevant tools for collecting feedback were developed. The first results of the study indicate the interaction between museum staff implementing inclusive programs for visitors with autism and specialists with experience in comprehensive support for people in this category, including in the context of sociocultural integration (such as the creation of the “Let’s go to the museum!” program), efficiency.

General Information

Keywords: museum, museum inclusion, sociocultural integration, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), visitor with ASD

Journal rubric: Interventions for ASD: Evidence-Based Approach

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/autdd.2022200404

Funding. The research was carried out within the state assignment of the Inclusive Museum project with the support of the Sberbank Charitable Foundation “Investment in the Future” and within the state assignment of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation (theme No. 073-00110-22-02 от 08.04.2022) “Comprehensive support for children with ASD based on evidence-based approach”.

Received: 14.11.2022

Accepted:

For citation: Davydova E.Y., Khilkevich E.V., Sorokin A.B., Khalikova D.R. Inclusive Museum Programs Research Organization Principles Based on Evidence-Based Approach. Autizm i narusheniya razvitiya = Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2022. Vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 39–49. DOI: 10.17759/autdd.2022200404. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Elizaveta Y. Davydova, PhD in Biology, Associate Professor, Leading Researcher, Federal Resource Center for Organization of Comprehensive Support to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Associate Professor of the Department of Differential Psychology and Psychophysiology Faculty of “Clinical and Special Psychology”, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5192-5535, e-mail: el-davydova@mail.ru

Evgeniya V. Khilkevich, PhD in Political Science, head of social-cultural integration branch, Federal Resource Center for Organization of Comprehensive Support to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5552-1215, e-mail: hilkevichev@mgppu.ru

Aleksandr B. Sorokin, PhD in Biology, Leading Researcher of the Federal Resource Center for Organization of Comprehensive Support to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Scientific Consultant, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4148-6719, e-mail: sorokinab@mgppu.ru

Dinara R. Khalikova, Head of the project, All-Russian projects “Inclusive Museum", culturologist (MA in Media and Cultural Studies, Lancaster University, UK), specialist in sociocultural projects, Member of the Presidium of the Russian National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM Russia),, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2932-8360, e-mail: dinara.r.khalikova@gmail.com

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