Last month, Dr. Gil Tippy got to speak at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! Dr. Tippy has always felt a personal connection to the MET, “I have been a lifelong visitor to this museum, even having my room plastered with posters of paintings from the Met as a child. Needless to say, I was thrilled and honored.”
Dr. Tippy presented on the DIR model and its compatibility with the missions of the museums in the New York metropolitan area, and indeed, with the missions of museums everywhere. Dr. Tippy gave an overview to the DIR model, show a little video of how it works, and then make some suggestions to the local museum professionals about how they can make their museum experiences more fulfilling for their visitors with Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Relating and Communicating. You can read more about Dr. Tippy’s presentation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art website, including more photos and information on the presentation!
When Dr. Tippy concluded, his friend and colleague, Aaron Feinstein, spoke about a collaboration between the Rebecca School and The Brooklyn Museum that they just completed together. This project was managed by Aaron and the great teachers and staff at Rebecca School, as well as the great educators at the Brooklyn Museum. After about a year of work, we believe that we have a template for fulfilling collaborations between museums and schools, that will make for meaningful experiences for the students with ASD. Aaron, and his not for profit, Actionplay, will spearhead our efforts, and Dr. Tippy is excited to play a part in this great project.