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 SMA launches autism friendly museums SMA launches autism friendly museums

SMA Launches Autism Friendly Museums

As part of its ongoing commitment to make all of its museums fully accessible to every member of society, Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) has launched its pioneering ‘Autism Friendly Museums’ initiative.


Taking place at Sharjah Archaeology Museum, the educational project is a first-of-its-kind in the Arabian Gulf and has been carefully designed to cater to the needs of autistic children aged between seven and 12 years old.

During their visit the youngsters will experience a range of stimulating sensory activities and fun individual and group events alongside opportunities to use the museum's collection as part of their learning experience.

The ‘Autism Friendly Museums’ initiative is in line with both the UAE’s national policy of empowering people with disabilities and the guiding principles of H.H. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, who instructed that museums are made to educate our children and our future generations.

Sharjah Archaeology Museum welcomed groups of students from Sharjah Autism Center accompanied by members of staff on October 07.

The ‘Autism Friendly Museums’ initiative has been organized by SMA’s Education and Interpretation Department to give autistic children the rare opportunity to visit a museum and experience the collections on show for themselves.

As part of the program, Sharjah Archaeology Museum will host tours and educational sessions that have been created with the needs of autistic children in mind.