Accessibility Options

Note: Recently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidelines and announced that people without preexisting conditions in communities classified as medium or low risk do not need to wear masks or practice physical distancing in most indoor and outdoor settings. As a result, effective Monday, March 7, Space Center Houston strongly encourages all guests to wear a face mask during their visit, but masks are not required in our facility. Please review our Visitor Information and Stellar Discovery Guide to help plan your visit. For more information, please contact accessibility@spacecenter.org.
 

Space Center Houston wants everyone to be able to visit and enjoy our center. 

For more information or specific questions about accessibility options, please contact us at accessibility@spacecenter.org or +1 281-244-2147. For assistance in reserving tickets for a group of 20 or more please contact us at reservations@spacecenter.org or +1 281-283-4755.

Certified Autism Center

Space Center Houston strives to ensure that the nonprofit is an accessible and accepting destination. That essential work has been recognized by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. The science and space exploration learning center is the first of its kind to be designated as a Certified Autism Center by the IBCCES.

The certification process involves rigorous training for staff, inspections and improvements that enable Space Center Houston to better welcome and accommodate guests with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory and cognitive challenges.

On July 26, Space Center Houston honored the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by signing the ADA Proclamation, reaffirming the principles of equality and inclusion and celebrating continued progress within accessibility communities. As a center we strive to create an environment supportive for each of our guests and follow the ADA mission.

General Accessibility

  • Restrooms: Restrooms throughout the center are accessible for guests with disabilities. Family restrooms are available in The Food Lab. An adult changing area is available upon request.
  • Nursing mother’s room
    • A nursing room is available for mothers who feel more comfortable with a private, secure place to nurse.
    • The nursing room is located between The Food Lab and the Space Center Theater entrance in Astronaut Gallery.
    • Space Center Houston does not restrict nursing in public spaces in accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code Title 2 Chapter and Section 165.002 “A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.”

Special Events

Sensory Friendly Events are offered periodically with reduced stimulus from lights, sounds and crowds. Click here to learn more and buy tickets for our Sensory Friendly Events.

Space Center U® Visual Impairment Program is a challenging three-day program held weekdays for visually impaired students ages 15-18. Click here to learn more and register for the Space Center University visual impairment program.

“One Small Step Together” is a program specifically designed for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or memory loss, along with a family member or friend. These events take place quarterly in January, April, July and October. Programs have included Moon rock activities in the Lunar Vault and tours of Independence Plaza and Astronaut Gallery. Space is limited. For more information, contact accessibility@spacecenter.org or the Alzheimer’s Association at +1 800-272-3900.

Accessibility Resources

We provide a variety of resources to help you prepare for your visit and make the most of your experience at Space Center Houston.

Guide dogs in Rocket Park
Child celebrates in Explorer Camp

Autism and Sensory Accessibility

Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Accessibility Telecoil

  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are may be requested with two weeks notice. Contact accessibility@spacecenter.org in advance to request an interpreter and our team will connect with you to discuss what is possible. Upon arriving for your visit, go to the Guest Services Desk.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) services are provided at many Space Center Houston events. Guests attending Space Center Houston events can contact accessibility@spacecenter.org to inquire whether these services are planned, or to request services with two week notice.
  • Download the Space Center Houston app for an interactive map and guide.
  • Please note that we do not have a script for the Mission Briefing Center live NASA Mission presentations because the presentations change daily to keep up with NASA missions.
  • The Mission Briefing Center utilizes induction loop technology. Please switch your hearing aid to the T-position in this theater.
  • Most visual displays at Space Center Houston are captioned.

Visual Accessibility

Physical Accessibility

  • Parking: Accessible parking is located near the entrance and at a separate side lot located near the picnic area on the left of the main building (while facing the entrance). All parking is $5 per vehicle.
  • Tour access: All NASA Tram Tour trams and Level 9 Tour buses are equipped with lifts. Guests may request this service from a crew member at the boarding location.
  • Center access: All Space Center Houston theaters, exhibits and attractions are wheelchair-accessible, including Lunch with an Astronaut and Independence Plaza. All theaters have ground-level entrances.
  • Equipment: A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available at the Guest Services Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Restrooms: Restrooms throughout the center are accessible to guests with disabilities.
Visitor walks guide dog past Apollo 17 command module
Visitors explore space food at One Small Step Together event

Service Animals

  • Space Center Houston defines “service animal” with the same language used in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act:
    • Under ADA and Texas laws, emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals are not considered service animals and are not allowed at Space Center Houston.
    • Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.
  • In order to bring a service animal to Space Center Houston:

     

    • The dog must be harnessed, leashed or tethered, unless the device interferes with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents the use of the harness.
    • Service dogs are permitted in all exhibits and attractions at Space Center Houston except the motion simulator rides. That exception is due to safety concerns for both our guests and service animals.

Education Programs

  • In accordance with the requirements of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Space Center Houston will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of disability.
  • Space Center Houston will not exclude a child with a disability from its programs unless: (a) the child requires a modification to participate, and that modification constitutes a fundamental alteration of the program; or (b) the child would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others. This determination must be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Parents of children with special needs should indicate their child’s special needs on the Medical Information Form (due to Space Center Houston five (5) business days prior to the first day of the program).
  • Once a parent indicates that their child has a disability, impairment or condition, a representative from the Space Center Houston education staff will contact the parent to discuss reasonable accommodations for the child.
  • Space Center Houston provides age-appropriate education programs for students in grades kindergarten through 12th and adults. To learn more about our education programs, click here.

Accessibility Photo Gallery

Explore the photos below of our accessibility programs and events including our Explorer Camps, One Small Step Together, Space Center University visual impairment program, guide dog visits, special presentations and more.

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