Transit Museum program helps children with autism

- For millions of New Yorkers, the subway system is a necessary form of transportation. The New York Transit Museum highlights its hundred-plus years of history. But for some, this museum is more than just a place to learn.

A 10-week, $350 program called Subway Sleuths is aimed at helping verbal children on the autism spectrum learn better social, communication and listening skills by sharing their love for trains.

Alastair Farley, 9, is one of the 18 sleuths participating in the program this semester. His mother Maria said this is Alastair's third time working with the sleuths. She called the opportunity a gift.

The museum's success with the program was recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama, who granted them the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at the White House.

Once just an idea, this mission-based program is determined to continue creating an environment where all sleuths -- past, present and future -- can expand their skills while sharing their love for the New York City subway.

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