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Learn how to become an advocate, AuSM scholarship opportunity

advocacylogowebAuSM invites you to participate in the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Advocacy Training workshop on Jan. 23 at the MNDOT Cafeteria, 395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155. To fulfill its mission of advancing advocacy, AuSM is offering five scholarships to self-advocates who are interested in learning more about having their voices heard by Minnesota lawmakers.

This workshop will cover advocacy and why it is important, what issues are important, how to tell your story, and how to schedule and meet with your legislator and will include advanced sessions on connecting with the Department of Human Services, community living, and disability services.

To apply for an AuSM scholarship for this advocacy workshop, please submit your first name, last name, e-mail address, and a short paragraph (100 words or less) explaining why you would like to participate by Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those selected to receive scholarships also will be invited to AuSM in February to discuss implementing the techniques learned and next steps for building advocacy within our community.


Super Fest: Super Bowl excitement, gives you on-field experience

SuperFest2018AuSM is partnering with The Matthew Foundation, ESPN, and other local organizations to bring you an exciting, hands-on event on the eve of the Super Bowl, Saturday, Feb. 3.

Super Fest's purpose is to showcase inclusion and provide an opportunity for the developmental disability community to participate together with their peers and feel a part of the most festive football weekend of the year.

Super Fest is a inclusive football clinic, cheerleading clinic, and scrimmage and features people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities participating together. The event culminates in a game day experience with the national anthem, player name announcements, scrimmage, and cheer performance.

Registration for Super Fest will open in early January. Please watch AuSM's website and your e-mail box for more information. This event is expected to fill quickly! Click here for more information about Super Fest.


AuSM tips and office hours for this holiday season

ChristmasTreewebTips for inclusive holidays
While many happily anticipate the coming holiday season, families and individuals with autism also understand the challenges that may occur when schedules are disrupted and routines broken. Click on this link to the Autism Society of America's website to read 12 tips for making the holidays inclusive and enjoyable for all.

AuSM office hours
AuSM's office will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1 and will have limited in-office staff available Dec. 26-29, 2017.

We wish you a safe holiday season and look forward to celebrating another year of resources, programs, services, and events for our local autism community in 2018!


Registration for Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2018 is open

SOH2018LogoAre you ready for the ultimate autism community event of the year? Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2018 will be coming your way on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 8:30-11 a.m. Held at Southdale Center in Edina, Steps of Hope will feature the state's largest annual autism resource fair, fun games, the 2nd annual AuSM Flash Dash, and a huge opportunity to join this awesome community in raising dollars to support programs and services for those affected by autism in Minnesota. Registration is open! Plan to participate and start rallying your team of AuSM fundraising heroes!

LYMAuSMTag2018Fundraisers will receive one FREE limited edition Love Your Melon AuSM customized beanie for fundraising $125. Show your AuSM pride with this unique cap! Beanie supplies are limited. Click here to review the Love Your Melon AuSM beanie guidelines.

Click here for more information about Steps of Hope 2018 and to register.


Neurodiverse couples class offers chance for learning and growth

couplegroupwebThis February, we invite neurodiverse couples to participate in this class that will guide couples through understanding autism, family rules, arguing, non-verbal communication, parenting, and executive function in regards to priorities and time awareness. Learn about diagnosis disclosure. Classes will follow curriculum from The Asperger’s Couples Workbook. Registration includes one copy of the book. Class size is limited. Click here for more information and to register.


Reduce anxiety by setting a plan for the future now

crystalballPlanning is key to a secure, happy, and healthy future. During the Jan. 23 AuSM Skillshop, "Beyond the Crystal Ball: Planning for the Future", learn about the importance of planning for your loved one with a disability. An attorney who specializes in the disability field also will discuss estate issues that families need to consider. This AuSM Skillshop, held from 7-9 p.m. at AuSM, will be presented by Allycia Wolff, a Planning Services Specialist for The Arc Greater Twin Cities. Click here for more information and to register.


2018 state autism conference keynote speakers announced


The 23rd Annual Minnesota State Autism Conference will take place April 25-28, 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place. This event is designed to bring our community together to learn, network, and gather resources that can make a difference in the lives of those with autism. We are pleased to announce our 2018 keynote speakers for this important event: Wednesday, April 25 from 7-9 p.m., Frank Campagna (Autism Daddy), sponsored by Fraser, "Things No One Ever Told Me After My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism". Thursday, April 26, from 8-10 a.m. and continued session during breakouts, Jed Baker, PhD, sponsored by the Rosenberg Center, title to be announced. Thursday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m., Stephen Shore, PhD, sponsored by Minnesota Life College, "Developing an Understanding of the Hidden Curriculum for Learners on the Autism Spectrum: A Lifespan Approach". Friday April 27 from 8-10 a.m., Leah Kuypers sponsored by St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development, "Zones of Regulation". Click here for more details about the conference and the keynote speakers.