For Parents & Caregivers
All Kids Included – Accessible Arts Experiences (AKI) is here to help individuals of all abilities and their families participate fully in the arts, with inclusive arts and cultural programs in school settings and throughout the community.
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Our Pre-Visit Guides
Use these illustrated guides to help prepare you, your family, students, and any other attendees before going to a show or museum.
Going To The Show | Going To The Museum
Going to a theater or museum for the first time can be an exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming for some. To help make it a more inclusive and enjoyable experience for everyone, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs All Kids Included created these special pre-visit guides using a social narrative and the principles of Universal Design. Going to the Show and Going to the Museum were created for kids with sensory sensitivities in mind but can also be used as an effective tool to teach any student theater and museum etiquette and help prepare them for what to expect when attending a live performance or visiting a museum.
Depicted in comic book style with easy-to-understand language and accompanied by delightful “anime-like” illustrations of friendly animals, the stories highlight key events and situations that audiences and visitors are likely to encounter along the way, such as unfamiliar people, waiting in line, darkened spaces, and unexpected or sometimes loud sounds. The guides also include an introduction with brief instructions on how readers can personalize the stories with additional dialogue and descriptions to create their own narratives.
Parents, guardians, educators, and other caregivers are encouraged to read the guides together with the student to help familiarize them with the sequence of events. The goal is to create some predictability to these new experiences, with the intention of decreasing apprehension for these individuals.