We invite you to participate in the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 26-29, 2017. During this event, we will join our voices as a passionate community to inspire learning, hope, and innovation. Here experts, parents, caregivers, educators, paraprofessionals, mental health professionals, service providers, and individuals on the spectrum will have a platform to connect, collaborate, advocate, and educate. The conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place and will feature the 3rd annual AuSM Gala celebration, Oh, the AuSM Places We'll Go!, on April 29. Registration for this Minnesota autism community event of the year is open. Click here for more information about keynote speakers, breakout sessions, exhibitors, registration, and more.
Join us for an AuSM Skillshop on Feb. 21 from 7-9 p.m. as AuSM therapist Jennifer Reinke, PhD, LAMFT, CFLE presents "Special Needs & Special Sibs: A Family AuSM Skillshop" at the Academy of Whole Learning in St. Louis Park. Dr. Reinke will discuss the unique challenges, rewards, and dynamics experienced by families impacted by a variety of special needs. Special emphasis will be placed on the experiences and needs of siblings (ages 10+) who have a brother or sister with special needs. Though siblings with autism may attend, this AuSM Skillshop is tailored for parents and neurotypical siblings. Childcare will not be provided. Siblings may attend at no charge with a paid, participating parent or caregiver. Click here for more information and to register.
You are invited to enjoy "Click, Clap, and Klunk", a FREE concert offered by the Minnesota Percussion Trio on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. Come listen to the wide world of percussion and learn to play an array of energetic rhythms. Music comes from the heart and then you find something to play it on! Using simple or found instruments such as 5-gallon buckets, claves, paper, tin cans and body percussion we can all unlock the musical possibilities of the things around us. During the Azure Family Concerts, kids or individuals with autism who vocalize, stim, and have anxieties are welcome without worry of being "shushed" or asked to leave. All are welcome to enjoy this morning of music! Click here for more information and to register.
On Feb. 19, join us at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown St. Paul for the exciting 5th Annual Hip Hop 4 Autism event in support of AuSM and the Minnesota autism community. The line-up, hosted by D-Mil, will include Carnage The Executioner, SP Style All Stars, Maria ISA, St. Paul Slim, Big Wiz, Frostbyte, T.O.N.Y., and more. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance (click here) and $10 at the door. All proceeds will benefit programs and services for the local autism community.