Social Stories

From January to December 2017, the Social Stories Spectrum Project provided a structured opportunity for high-functioning verbal young adults (ages 18-25) with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to meet up with their peers and practice social skills, participate in organized trips to seven museums in Balboa Park, and work together to create “social stories” for the museums visited.

Social stories are guides or tools to help prepare individuals with autism for social interaction and public events; in this case, a visit to a museum.

Below are the social stories (in English and Spanish) for the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Natural History Museum, Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego History Center, and Museum of Photographic Arts.

This opportunity was made possible in part through generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR), and the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership.

Museum of Man
Social Story English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)
*Due to the California Tower seismic retrofit project, there will be scaffolding outside of the Museum, and several galleries will be temporarily closed. For a complete list of gallery closures, please see our Hours and Admission page, and learn more about the California Tower seismic retrofit here

San Diego Natural History Museum
Social Story English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)

Museum of Photographic Arts
Social Story English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)

Fleet Science Center
Social Story English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)

San Diego Museum of Art
Social Story English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)

Japanese Friendship Garden
Social Story English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)

San Diego History Center
Social Story English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)