2017 - Cleveland - Understanding and Acceptance of Autism and MAPS

Training sponsored by PAR

Understanding and Acceptance of Autism Throughout the Lifespan: The Practitioner’s Role in Developing Person-Centered Supports”

Cleveland ~ Thursday, April 20, 2017

(Part I)

Presenter: Sarah Boerst, OTD,OTR/L

Although autism is widely researched and recognized with regards to children, little is known about what the future holds for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as they grow older. As autism prevalence continues to climb, popular on growth, technological advancements, and increasing life expectancies (for caregivers as well as for individuals with autism) also encourage the need for further research, support and advocacy for people with ASD. Areas of discussion will focus on holistic approaches to intervention, and will include the following life stages:

• Pediatrics • Transition from high school to adulthood • Adulthood • Retirement


Understanding and Implementing M.A.P.S.: A Pathway to the Future for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Those Whose Lives They Touch”

(Part II)

Presenter: Sarah Boerst, OTD,OTR/L

M.A.P.S. is a participation-based framework that is implemented by Bittersweet Farms. The overarching purpose of the M.A.P.S. Framework is to provide person-centered supports to people with autism (or other related disabilities) that ensure dignity, respect, and autonomy. The M.A.P.S. Framework posits that every interaction between program participants and staff personnel and/or caregivers is a unique experience that incorporates reciprocal communication, relationship building, and mutual cooperation. The M.A.P.S. Framework embraces the following concepts:

  • Meaning and Motivation • Aerobic and Active engagement • Partnership and Purpose • Structure and Support


*5 hours of DODD certification is approved for Adult Services, Investigative Agent, Service & Support Administration, and Superintendent.

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*4.75 hours of Social Work certification is approved.

You must stay for entire training to receive certification. 


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Training location: (Cleveland) - Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County ~ 6393 Oak Tree Blvd ~ Independence, OH 44131

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