Partner Webinar: Neurodiversity in Museums: Crafting Community for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Join museum professional and autism mom Jackie Spainhour as she provides insight into how museums of all sizes and scopes can adapt their facilities and programming to suit the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Jackie will share tangible steps that any museum can take, resources for best practices in engaging children on the autism spectrum, and will discuss how and why museums should prioritize these efforts.



DATE: January 15, 2020

TIME: 3:00 – 4:00 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone)

COST: Free

REGISTRATION: This webinar is presented by the Texas Historical Commission. Registration must be completed separately through the Texas Historical Commission. Follow the link in the button below to register.



Jackie Spainhour is a writer, researcher, museum professional, and special needs mom living in Norfolk, Virginia. She is an alumnus of Old Dominion University and sits on the Board of Directors for the Victorian Society in America. Jackie serves as the Director of the Hunter House Victorian Museum is the author of "Museums and Millennials: Engaging the Coveted Patron Generation" and "Gilded Age Norfolk, Virginia: Tidewater Wealth, Industry, and Propriety." Jackie was a 2018 Leadership and Advocacy Fellow for the Virginia Association of Museums, with her research focusing on autism and museums.

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AASLH encourages participants to also attend Increasing Accessibility and Inclusion at Community Organizations presented by AASLH. This webinar series is a two-part series presented on January 7 and January 23, 2020. The first webinar will highlight an overview of neurodiversity, accessibility, and inclusion as well as a focus on autism spectrum disorders and respectfully communicate to and about this population. The second part of the series will include lessons learned and practical applications from Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and recommendations for actionable first steps to increase accessibility and inclusion at your organization. Follow the link in the button below to register.


2014 Texas Historical Commission Diversity Internship Now Accepting Applications

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The 2014 Texas Historical Commission Diversity Internship is now accepting applications! We hope that you will take a moment to inform any students, and/or student organizations you may be affiliated with, about the paid internship opportunity at the Texas Historical Commission (THC) for the summer of 2014. The deadline for applications and supporting documents is March 21, 2014.

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The THC created the Diversity Internship in Historic Preservation to build interest in and awareness of careers in historic preservation, specifically among students from underrepresented ethnic groups. This initiative targets undergraduate and graduate students to encourage their interest in pursuing fields of study in history, preservation, architecture, archaeology, downtown revitalization, and heritage tourism.

Students will learn about the impact that historic preservation programs can have on a community's economic development. Working with THC staff and programs will expose the interns to the various and exciting vocational opportunities in the field of historic preservation, with the goal of encouraging more student from underrepresented ethnic groups to pursue careers in this field upon graduation.

Diversity interns will complete a rotation among all divisions headquartered in Austin the first week, and then complete a special project in a previously determined division based on the student's primary interest. More information on specific internship projects available for the Summer of 2014 can be found at the link below.

Diversity interns will receive a $5,000 stipend provided by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission for an eight-week internship (40-hour week). Interns will work under the supervision of the THC, at its headquarters in Austin, and/or "in the field" with its historic sites and local preservation partners. Brief progress reports will be required, both during the employment period and at the conclusion of the student's internship.

• U.S. citizens of African, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, or Native America/Hawaiian/Alaskan heritage
• Junior level or above
• Enrolled in a college or university in Texas, or a Texas resident attending school out-of-state
• Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system (or comparable GPA)
• Prior recipients are ineligible

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