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Mar
26

Muss and Belinda Twizzlers Challenge is on!

Muss2015BelindaJensen2015Let's raise awareness about autism while helping K102's Mike Mussman "Muss" convince KARE 11's Belinda Jensen to join him for the Twizzlers Challenge! Your donation brings Muss closer to his $5,000 goal and the sweet challenge while supporting programs and services for our local Minnesota autism community. Donations benefit the Autism Society of Minnesota. The Muss and Belinda Twizzlers Challenge will happen live on KARE 11 Saturday (in the 8 a.m. hour) if Muss can reach his goal! Click here for more information and to donate today! twizzlers

AuSM is pleased to welcome Muss as our emcee for AuSM's inaugural gala, Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, on May 1! Click here to register to be a part of this special event for our local autism community!

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Mar
25

Continued increase in students with autism highlights need for early intervention

MDEThe Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) recently released its annual Child Count report on students with disabilities for 2014. The report indicates 17,067 children and youth between the ages of 0-21 have been identified as having an autism diagnosis. This increase from the 2013 count of 16,603 makes 2014 the eighteenth consecutive year of growth in autism diagnoses in Minnesota schools.

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Mar
25

Steps of Hope 2015 Support Grants: two options

SOH grayscale 75-0-100-0 NoDate RAuSM is pleased to announce that 2015 Steps of Hope Support Grants will have a dual purpose. In addition to funding programs that encourage team building and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, AuSM also will offer the gift of knowledge through five grants for single registrations to the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. Conference registration grant applications are due April 17; the second grant option applications for projects supporting individuals with ASD are due July 1. Click here for more information and to download the 2015 application forms.

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Mar
23

{Special Focus} Photography captures walk

A HUGE THANK YOU to {Special Focus} Photography By Nichole Laase for capturing the Steps of Hope 2015 walk in these beautiful images of our wonderful community day! Nichole Laase specializes in autism and special needs photography, and she definitely has a knack for bringing out the best in all of our Steps of Hope participants. Click here to see some of her great images from March 1.

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Mar
23

Monkey Mind Pirates steal hearts and ease minds

wkshpchorus2webZ Puppets Rosenschnoz and AuSM teamed up to offer a Monkey Mind Pirates performance at Children's Theatre Company today. The performance, featuring families from our local autism community, included catchy tunes and great choreography. Thank you to participants, volunteers and the Z Puppets crew for a fun afternoon!

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz and AuSM are taking the FREE Monkey Mind Pirate mindfulness workshops to Duluth in April and to Rochester in July. Registration for both cities is open now - register today to ensure a spot for your family and get prepared to bring on the calm! Click here for more information.

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Mar
17

Caring Bunny event at Southdale Center on March 29

easterbunnySouthdale Center will host its Caring Bunny event on March 29 from 9:30-11 a.m. Caring Bunny provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. Be sure to stop by the AuSM resource table at Caring Bunny! Appointments are required. Click here for more information.

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Mar
16

New summer social skills classes in the West Metro

WebsiteLogoAuSM is pleased to partner with Connections Social Skills Camp (CSSC) to present two social skills day camp sessions for youth with autism and other learning differences in August. Five half-days of fun, West Metro-focused activities will be provided by the founders of CSSC. Make friends and practice social skills during exciting community outings! Click here for more information and to register.

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Mar
11

Hottest ticket of the season

winecheers2webOn May 1, join us for AuSM's inaugural gala, Celebrate AuSM Inspirations. Held during the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel, this exciting evening will bring our community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, a silent auction and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. All gala proceeds will benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community. Click here to get your tickets today!

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Mar
06

20th Annual MN Autism Conference registration open

confbroch15coverimageThe 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will take place April 29-May 2 at the Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place hotel. The conference is where we join our voices as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation. Here speakers, educators, paraprofessionals, therapists, psychologists, professionals, employers, caregivers, parents and individuals on the spectrum have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those touched by autism. The event will feature four keynote speakers, dozens of breakout sessions, exhibitors, networking opportunities, a gala and much more. Click here for more information and to register today.