App: MagnusCards - Guides for Visitors with Autism

Young person walking toward the museum doors.
  • Grades 4 - 12
  • Ages 8-10, 11-14, 14+

Magnusmode produces apps to support those with cognitive special needs, including autism. The digital app MagnusCards is an innovative, free, web and mobile app that uses digital guides (called Card Decks) and game elements to help people access their communities with greater independence. Each Card Deck uses pictures and text to provide step-by-step instructions for various social interactions, situations, behaviours, and activities. Magnus, an interactive character who acts as the user's guide, provides reassurances and reinforces routine for users exploring new environments.

The ROM MagnusCards feature two decks: one which guides and prepares the visitor on what to expect when entering the ROM, and the other is an educational scavenger hunt through the ROM's James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs.

The ROM is the first museum in the world to create MagnusCards that invite, engage, and support visitors with cognitive special needs.

Download the free app! The ROM decks can be found in the "Arts" section of the Card Library.

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Museum Guidelines

  • Walk. Do not run.
  • Use indoor voices.
  • Stay with your adult.
  • Make way for ROM educators if they need a space for a lesson.
  • Don't touch objects. Only touch objects that are clearly marked as safe to touch.
  • Don’t rush. Focus your time on the objects that capture your interest and complete what you can within the time you have.
  • Ask questions and have fun!