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  • AuSM Mission

    Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement.
  • Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017

    Join the Minnesota autism community for the state’s most powerful fundraising walk for autism featuring a colossal autism resource fair and the new AuSM Flash Dash! March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. at Southdale Center. Register today!

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  • AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services

    The AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services team works in partnership with you to develop a plan based on your needs.

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  • Social Skills Classes

    AuSM social skills classes foster confidence and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends and have fun.

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  • Training Tailored for Organizations and Businesses

    AuSM provides a variety of continuing education options for parents, caregivers, educators, direct support staff, business professionals, organizations, individuals with autism, and the community. Experienced educators present on topics that align with your interests and serve to enhance your life.

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  • Uniting the Community Events

    In partnership with area businesses and organizations, AuSM is pleased to offer monthly opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments.

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Dec
01

Steps of Hope 2017 and AuSM Flash Dash registration is open

SOH logo2017Activate your inner superhero! AuSM will present Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota, its 17th annual family fun walk and the state's largest autism resource fair at Southdale Center on March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. Each participant is an autism hero, rallying for the 1 in 68 individuals living with autism in Minnesota. Registration to participate in Steps of Hope 2017 (including the autism resource fair) is free.

FlashDash2017AuSM is pleased to announce that its inaugural AuSM Flash Dash will kick off Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017. Held from 9-9:15 a.m. on the first floor of Southdale Center, the AuSM Flash Dash is an all ages and abilities quick walk that will be done in a flash. Families and individuals who register for the AuSM Flash Dash will receive medals at the finish line and bragging rights for completion. Registration for the AuSM Flash Dash is $50 per family (includes four medals); $20 per adult (includes one medal); and $15 per child (includes one medal).

Steps of Hope dollars directly support local families and individuals living with autism, from birth through retirement. Donations stay in the community by funding AuSM's innovative programs and services. Those who pre-register and raise $100 or more will receive a free Steps of Hope 2017 T-shirt. Click here for more information and to register today!

Nov
29

Lindamood-Bell becomes AuSM Premier Partner in 2017

LindamoodBellwebWe are pleased to announce that Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, an organization that believes all individuals can be taught to read and comprehend to their potential, will be an AuSM Premier Partner in 2017. Lindamood-Bell's sensory-cognitive instruction has proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, ADHD, and autism, and we are excited to share in their support of the Minnesota autism community throughout the coming year.

Nov
28

Readiness for driving is topic for Dec. 8 AuSM Skillshop

driving2016Driving is looked at as a right of passage as we enter our mid and late teens. At the Dec. 8 AuSM Skillshop, "Driven to Drive: Getting Behind the Wheel", learn about the critical skills needed for driving and how autism characteristics may impact safe driving behaviors. Assessment of driver readiness will be discussed along with ideas for supports that can be initiated in the home or during therapies to increase safe driver potential. This AuSM Skillshop will take place from 7-9 p.m. at Lionsgate Academy in Minnetonka. Click here for more information and to register.

Nov
18

AuSM and The Arc Range present in Minnesota's Iron Range

iStock 000014432495SmallAuSM and The Arc Range will present two free workshops in northern Minnesota on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. (including free pizza served at 5:50 p.m.) and on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (including a light lunch). Both workshops will be held at the Mt. Iron Community Center, 8586 Enterprise Drive, Mt. Iron, Minn., and will focus on Autism and Mental Health and Positive Behavior Supports. AuSM's Dr. Amy Carrison will provide tools and strategies to support individuals with autism and coexisting conditions who have both challenges and gifts. Dec. 7 topics will include Mental Health Assessments and What to Ask For and Executive Functioning. Dec. 8 topics will include Co-Existing Mental Health and Positive Strategies. Attend one or both workshops. The workshops are free, but you must register to attend. To register, contact The Arc Range at 218.750.1251 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oct
28

Couples class offered in early 2017

couplegroupweb"We're In This Together," a class for couples featuring strategies for supporting and celebrating neurodiverse relationships, will be offered at AuSM from 6-8 p.m. on five Mondays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, 2017. This class will guide neurodiverse 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 and who needs to know about autism. Classes will follow curriculum from The Asperger’s Couples Workbook, and will be instructed by Beth Pitchford, MA, an AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services therapist. Click here for more information and to register.