ADA 25 FOR 25 CULTURAL ACCESS PROJECT
Morton Arboretum is participating in the ADA 25 for 25 Cultural Access Project, and intends to improve the visitor experience for children with autism and their caregivers when they come to the Arboretum. They are implementing two new tools to accomplish this.
For accommodations information, please contact the Visitor Services Department at 630-968-0074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodations available at Morton Arboretum include:
• Accessible parking
• Accessible entrances/exits to each theatre venue
• Accessible bathrooms
The Arboretum has several accessible trails. We encourage guests to stop by the Visitor Center and speak with Arboretum staff regarding specific trail recommendations. Accommodations can be arranged for special events and programs. Please contact the Arboretum at least two weeks prior to the program to request accommodations.
Working in collaboration with the Little Friends Center for Autism, they will create a guide to the Arboretum that will allow people with autism and their caregivers to plan out their visit using social stories. This tool will be available to checkout at the Morton Arboretum Visitor Center and for advance planning on their website.
Similar to activity backpacks Morton already rents to families for use in their Children’s Garden, they will create a backpack full of inclusive activities specially-designed for children and their families to use in quieter and less crowded areas of the Arboretum. Morton will continue to offer the Visual Schedule and the Backpacks in the future, beyond 2015.
ABOUT MORTON ARBORETUM
The Morton Arboretum is an outdoor tree museum located on 1,700 acres that is dedicated to planting and conserving trees for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning interactive Children’s Garden, many specialty gardens, and an extensive trail system to explore.