The purpose of this is to showcase a curriculum called “Step Up to Social Connection” designed for adults with developmental disabilities. This curriculum is tailored to save time for direct support professionals working in settings such as Adult Day Support, Vocational Habilitation, and Intermediate Care Facilities, while also aiding these facilities in meeting compliance requirements. Additionally, the program aims to help participants achieve their desired outcomes.
Debra Shumard, is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) since 2000. Over the past two decades, she has operated Beyond Our Boundaries, a vacation service for adults with developmental disabilities, and she has provided Adult Day Support and Vocational Habilitation services. Recognizing the need for more intervention-based programming and the challenges faced by direct support professionals in creating compliant lessons, she developed the “Step Up to Social Connection” curriculum during the pandemic. This curriculum incorporates lessons, videos, and activities that were tested with our travelers over eighteen months, with the aim of making the lives of providers easier and enhancing the meaningfulness of the day for their participants.
Founder Debra Shumard has developed “Step Up to Social Connection,” a curriculum tailored for adults with developmental disabilities, to simplify the work of direct support professionals and enhance the lives of program participants.
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