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Autism Training. May 2013.

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presents a FREE workshop:
Environment Matters!
  The critical role of the physical environment in increasing health and safety, reducing individual and caregiver stress and supporting choice and independence.
George Braddock
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at each location
Monday May 6, 2013 
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST

Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

Tuesday May 7, 2013
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Holiday Inn Express
2715 Ocean Gateway
Cambridge, MD 21613
Wednesday May 8, 2013
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Ramada Plaza Hotel
1718 Underpass Way
Hagerstown MD, 21740 

Thursday May 9, 2013
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Bowie Comfort Inn Conference Center
4500 Crain Highway
Bowie, MD 20716


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided at all locations.

People experiencing significant Autism Spectrum Disorders can be succesdful at home and work provided they have appropriate supports and the right physical environment.
A step-by-step Environmental Assessment and Action Plan will help you analyze the home and work environments, evaluate them and then use this information to make an action plan to modify the  environments. The process is focused on a person-centered interaction with the physical environment, used in conjunction with a holistic person-centered planning process.

Learning Objectives

In this training participants will learn to:
  • Describe the six (6) most common modifications for people experiencing significant ASD.
  •  Identify challenges caregivers meet every day in the home and at work.
  • Assess environments and identify what isn't working.
  • Determine common modifications and environmental strategies that work for specific challenges.
  • Create an action plan that is appropriate for the person's unique situation and circumstances.
Training will be provided using case studies that include:
  • Photographs and drawings to illustrate  environmental modifications used in home settings that have been proven successful in improving health and safety, promoting independence and reducing stress for people experiencing ASD and their caregivers.
  • Examples of the six (6) most common modifications we have done for individuals experiencing ASD and why.
  • Descriptions of various construction assemblies, building products, fixtures, furnishings and finishes that may improve the quality of life and health and safety, reduce maintenance and replacement costs

George Braddock is a nationally recognized expert on implementing person-centered planning principles to homes for people with disabilities. Through careful planning, design and product selection, it has been possible to make environments that are healthy and safe and eliminate obstacles, reduce restrictions and increase individual control, independence and choice.

Columbia: Monday,May 6, 2013

Cambridge: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hagerstown: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bowie: Thursday, May 9, 2013
If you should need any special accommodations please contact Aisha Mason at mcdd@kennedykrieger.org.
Hope to see you there! 

Aisha Mason
Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

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