NYSCI’s access family programs aim to bring children with intellectual and developmental challenges and their families together to learn and discover the wonder of science in an environment that supports the unique needs of children with extra needs. Through hands-on exposure to new materials, tools, and experiences these free events provide opportunities to enjoy family time and allow parents to interact with others facing similar challenges and build a sense of community.

As part of our Autism Access Initiative, NYSCI offers a variety of workshops and resources that welcomes children with learning and developmental disabilities and those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) together with family and friends. NYSCI is committed to engaging and empowering learners of all abilities to explore their strengths and skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of play in a safe, supportive and understanding environment.