Oct 4, 2016



Provides inclusive playtime for children and adults with special needs and their families

What: The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) is hosting Super Spark: Special Needs Awareness Week throughout the month of October, dedicated to optimizing the MiSci experience for children and adults with special needs. In addition to the current hands-on exhibits and programs, Super Spark will feature enhanced programming tailored to each special needs area and will include a Resource Fair from 12-3 p.m. on each Saturday during the month to provide access to community resources for special needs visitors and a Keynote Speaker at 2:30 p.m. on each Saturday during the month.
·       Oct. 8 - Deaf/Hard of Hearing Week will feature keynotes from Janel Frost, MI Hands & Voices and Kathryn DeVleming, Cochlear Implants. Learn as they discuss hearing technologies and perform hearing loss demonstrations.
·       Oct. 15 - Sensory Friendly Week will feature a keynote by Krista Clancy, Director of Behavioral Services at University Pediatricians Autism Center, Wayne State School of Medicine. She will discuss the science behind autism and the technology used to assist those affected by autism.
·       Oct 22 - Vision Impaired Week will feature a keynote by Scott Norris, Braille and Talking Book Library in Lansing, Michigan. He will demonstrate the adaptive technologies and apps he uses as a blind person and discuss his experience being blind.

For a full list of activities visit www.mi-sci.org
To create an inclusive and comfortable environment for all visitors to discover and explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Science Center will also incorporate building-wide enhancements and adjustments to lighting and sound.
Who: Open to children and adults with specials needs, as well as their families, caretakers and educators.
When: Programming will take place during regular business hours.
·       Deaf/Hard of Hearing Week: October 5-9
·       Sensory Friendly Week: October 12-16
·       Vision Impaired Week: October 19-23
·       Mobility Week: October 26-30
In addition, MiSci will be opening its doors early on Sunday, October 30th, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. exclusively for children and adults with special needs and their families to experience the Science Center.
Where: The Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St. Detroit, MI 48202

About the Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment. The Science Center features five theaters, including Michigan’s largest screen at the Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium; the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the Chrysler Science Stage; a 9,800 square-foot Traveling Science Hall for special exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; Kids Town just for pint-size scientists; along with, education and outreach programs. The Michigan Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive any money from the city of Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, www.Mi-Sci.org

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