Autism Access Programs

Autism Awareness Family Celebrations

On selected days, the DMA will be open early for children with autism and their families to enjoy art together in a fun environment. Participants can participate in staff-led gallery experiences and art-making activities in the studio. Families may enjoy an interactive performance with a music therapist, relax in our sensory room facilitated by occupational therapy students from Texas Woman’s University, and, for kids over age 12, we have a gallery tour just for them—all before public hours. 

Families will have the opportunity to explore the interactives in the Center for Creative Connections during this special private event, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., and are also invited to stay when the Museum opens at 11:00 a.m. to enjoy additional family programming.

Email if you have questions about the content of the event or need more information about what to expect. Sign up for our Autism Awareness Family Celebrations newsletter below.

To download a Social Story about visiting the DMA, click here.

2017 dates:

Saturday, March 4: Rockin' Robots
Saturday, April 15: Under the Sea
Saturday, July 1: Sculpt-o-rama
Saturday, October 7: Fun at the Fair

​To view the schedule of events for the April Autism Awareness Family Celebration, click here.

Registration for Autism Awareness Family Celebrations is available one month prior to event dates. The program is free, but reservations are required and space is limited. Click here for upcoming programs. 

Summer Art Camp for Children with Autism 

The DMA offers an annual, weeklong Summer Art Camp co-taught by an autism specialist, a music therapist, and a DMA educator. Hands-On Summer Art Camp for Children with Autism provides an experience for children on the autism spectrum that integrates sensory elements and fosters social integration among participants while focusing on works of art from the DMA Collection.

Registration for Hands-On Summer Art Camp for Children with Autism (offered in either June or July each year) is available each spring online and is open to approximately 15 students, ages 7-12 years old. Camp fees vary.

Autism Access programs in the news:
The Dallas Morning News