What is MAPS?
MAPS stands for Minneapolis Autism Parent Support. MAPS is a parent-run group for parents or guardians of children on the autism spectrum in Minneapolis. Parents of children of any age (early childhood through adult) are welcome to participate in the group. The goal of MAPS is to bring together parents to:
- provide mutual support and share information;
- help each other access resources in our schools and communities; and
- help each other develop skills and knowledge to advocate for our children.
How does MAPS work?
NOTE: In-person MAPS meetings are currently suspended due to the Covid19 pandemic. In the meantime, please connect with us on Facebook!
In past years, MAPS has met once or twice a month during the school year, with no meetings during the summer months. Meeting dates and times vary from month to month, either during the school day or on a weekday evening (M-Th) from 7:00-9:00 p.m. We have generally met at Common Roots Café in Minneapolis (2558 Lyndale Ave. S.) in the quiet, private meeting room at the back of the café. Some meetings are “open topic,” which means the entire meeting is used for sharing successes and challenges, as well as parent-to-parent Q & A. Other meetings have guest speakers on specific topics. There is no cost to attend MAPS meetings and no obligation to purchase food or drink at the café.
Facebook Support Groups
Facebook has numerous groups for parents of children on the autism spectrum (or children with special needs, more generally) to connect and provide mutual support and information. Here are a few groups you might want to check out if you are looking for online support: