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20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference begins on Wednesday

2015conflogowebThe 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference begins on Wednesday. Are you ready?

From April 29-May 2 we will join voices as a passionate network inspiring hope and innovation. This event will feature keynote speakers, dozens of breakout sessions on cutting-edge topics, autism-focused exhibitors, networking opportunities, and AuSM's inaugural gala, Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, on May 1.  

Online registration is closed, but walk-in registrants during the days of conference are welcome. Click here for more information.


Step of Hope grants fund autism projects

SOH grayscale 75-0-100-0 NoDate R2015 Steps of Hope Support Grant applications for projects supporting individuals with ASD are due July 1. Click here for more information and to download the 2015 application form.


Spend May 17 with AuSM and the Minnesota Twins

twinslogoIt's Autism Awareness Day with the Minnesota Twins! Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins and AuSM have teamed up to offer discounted tickets to the May 17 Twins game against the Tampa Bay Rays! Join us to cheer on the Twins with your family and friends and enjoy all that Target Field has to offer. Grandstand or Home Run Porch View seats are $16. $3 per ticket will be donated to AuSM. Ticket holders also will be invited to participate in an on-field parade before the game. Click here for information on ordering your tickets today!


Volunteers needed

handsAuSM is seeking volunteers for the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 29-May 2 and Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, AuSM's inaugural gala on May 1. Join us as we bring our voices together as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation while exchanging knowledge, ideas and resources. Conference volunteers are eligible for a discounted registration rate for the conference. Gala volunteers can participate in gala activities; however, volunteers will not be assigned a seat for dinner. Contact Hilary Vanblaricom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested in volunteering at the conference or the gala. Volunteers help make our events possible – thank you for sharing your time with us!


Community inspirations to be honored at May 1 gala

winecheers2webJoin AuSM for Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, an exciting evening bringing the community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, a silent auction and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. During the gala program, emceed by K102's Mike Mussman "Muss", AuSM will recognize the following individuals who have inspired and supported Minnesota's autism community while going above and beyond in the areas of leadership, education, advocacy, volunteerism and community: Mary Powell, Phil Sievers, Colleen Wieck, Anne Dudley and Ronnie Sprigler.

The gala will be held May 1 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place hotel during the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. All gala proceeds will benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community. Space is limited; click here to order your gala tickets today.


New to autism? Participate in Life with Autism Series

autism-boy1AuSM's Life with Autism series offers information and strategies to parents, family members, relatives and caregivers of indiviuals with autism through hope-filled, engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Registration is open now; AuSM members receive discounted rates. 

Spring Sessions
Life with Autism: Newly Diagnosed (Session 1, ages 18 mos.-5 yrs.) - May 9, 16, 30 and June 6 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Life with Autism: Newly Diagnosed (Session 2, ages 6-10 yrs.) - May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6:30-9 p.m.