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Ashley Quinto, CCC-SLP, is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).
She received both her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Communicative Sciences & Disorders from New York University, where she conducted research and managed a research lab with a focus on acoustic phonetics and perception.
She is experienced in working with school-age students with speech and language delays and is specialised in Social Development Intervention, a social-cognitive approach to supporting children on the autism spectrum.
She currently serves as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the New York City Department of Education and a co-facilitator at Subway Sleuths through the New York Transit Museum.
Moving Beyond a Traditional Model for Access Programs
How can museums move beyond traditional program models to be responsive to their audiences? The New York Transit Museum developed an in-depth program over a decade ago for neurodivergent students by listening to the needs of an audience already visiting. The program builds on shared interests to support interaction, provides a context for navigating social situations, and develops students’ confidence. During the pandemic, the Museum realised that connection for students was more important than ever and developed ways to continue to be responsive to audiences through an online program. Learn about the unique approaches to program development and pandemic-related shifts.