During the Design Career Fair, teens, young adults, and emerging designers with Autism and other forms of neurodiversity are invited to speak with designers and creative companies about future professional opportunities and inclusive hiring programs. Participants will learn about design careers, important skillsets to develop, and next steps for landing a role.

This program is free of charge and open to young adults with autism and other forms of neurodiversity. To confirm registration, please email CHAccess@si.edu


Launched in 2006, National Design Week is held each year in conjunction with the National Design Awards program. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the National Design Awards, Cooper Hewitt will offer free admission to all museum visitors during National Design Week (October 12–19, 2019), courtesy of Target, and will host a series of free education programs broadening access to the vision and work of the country’s design leaders, inspiring people of all ages to engage with design and design thinking. National Design Week culminates with the National Design Awards Gala. View all programs and events here.


Find out about Cooper Hewitt’s accessibility services.

Accessibility initiatives are made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support is provided by the Smithsonian Accessibility Innovation Fund.

National Design Week is made possible by major support from Target. Additional support is provided by Altman Foundation, Siegel Family Endowment, and The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation.