Girl in wheelchair with adult man kneeling next to her. Both have colorful paint on their faces and the wheelchairs is sitting on a large canvas with paints on its wheels to draw fun patterns and make art.
Event

Disability Celebration Day

This special day celebrates those with disabilities with fun, inclusive activities such as a hands-on art project, special tours and shows with ASL interpretation, an Astronomy Touch Zone and more.

Museum Hours

Open today from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Plan Your Visit
ASL Interpretation
Assistive Listening Device
Captioning Available
Suitable for All Ages
Wheelchair Accessible
Event Date
Sat., March 9, 2024 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

You are invited to Disability Celebration Day at the State Museum!

Program participants can get creative with Zot Artz Community Art Creation, enjoy Sensory Friendly and ASL interpreted shows, experience a Silent Disco, and meet several Community Resource Partners, and so much more!

Online pre-registration for Disability Celebration Day is encouraged, but walk-up participation the day of the event is also welcome.

Disability Celebration Day attendance and activities are free for participants, with the exception of planetarium and 4D theater shows which carry an additional charge.

 

This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Attendance is free for participants*

Pre-Registration is Encouraged

REGISTER ONLINE

*Planetarium and 4D shows carry an additional fee


 

Program Schedule

An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, sponsored by Colonial Life, will be available during the day provided by certified interpreters through the SC School for the Deaf and Blind. Activities featuring ASL interpretation are noted (ASL) below.

Many activities and shows are capacity limited so pre-registration is encouraged to ensure we can best accommodate all participants. 

 

Activities

9 - 11 a.m. | Sensory Hours: Sounds in museum turned off for a more sensory friendly exploration experience. 

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | ZotArtz Community Art Creation featuring art experiences and art tools for everyone.  Using accessible art tools, each participant will paint on a large floor mural and make individual poster sized paintings to take home. Art rollers will also attach to wheelchairs and stamping tools to give everyone the opportunity to make art. New this year is an outdoor art area (weather permitting) that includes bubbles and squirt art! This creative process uses paint, so participants should wear their art clothes. Your wheelchairs and other devices will be safe and shoes and wheels will be covered.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Silent Disco with fun space that includes music via headphones so you can party and dance to the music at your own pace! Feel free to turn the music up - or down - as you need! Provided by The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Several hands-on stations will be available throughout the museum including an astronomy touch zone in the observatory and hands-on artifact stations in the museum galleries.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Astronomy Sonification: Hear what space looks like as our astronomers discuss how NASA has encoded information about stars, galaxies, and other celestial objects with sound.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | A mini-exhibition from AbleSC celebrating Disability Pride and Disability Rights

10 a.m. - 3 p.m | Learn how to make a mini-adaptive book with USC Assistive Technology Services! Books are limited but please feel free to bring your own from home and join in the adaptive book experience!

 

Sensory Friendly Shows with ASL Interpretation 

10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. | 4D Show, DC League of Super-Pets: 4D Experience (ASL) 

1 p.m. | Planetarium Show, Mars 1001 (ASL) 

Note: shows carry an additional fee

 

Resources

10 a.m. - 3 p.m  | Meet our Community Resource Partners and learn more about local accessibility focused groups and organizations.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Sensory Room offering a dedicated quiet space with a variety of tools for guests who may need to take a break during their visit to the museum.


 

Parking

Accessible parking spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Spaces are marked and located along the front drive outside the main entrance and in the upper and lower section of the parking deck. Click on the map below and/or download a .pdf version.

Program Sponsors and Partners