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    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.
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Great Lakes Aquarium hosts Sept. 26 autism training for educators

GLAscreenshotlogoOn Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 4:30-7 p.m., the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth will partner with AuSM to offer "Supporting Students with Autism", a training for educators to learn more about serving students with autism. By learning more about the neurodiversity of individuals with autism, educators can take proactive steps towards support, acceptance, and inclusion. After AuSM's presentation of Autism 101 and Best Practices, participants will head out onto the aquarium’s exhibit floor to focus on applying positive behavior support in a field trip setting.The evening will include a light dinner at 4:15 p.m., and participants will receive 2.5 CEUs. The training event is free, but advanced registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.


AuSM Open House and bittersweet goodbye to Jonah

Staff1WEBThe Autism Society of Minnesota opened its doors last night to welcome our community with appetizers, desserts, beverages, and tours of AuSM's newly remodeled spaces. AuSM board members, the AuSM staff, and many friends and supporters of AuSM filed through the front doors on Wycliff Street to enjoy the festive atmosphere and to connect in person.

The evening was bittersweet as the celebration also included a farewell to Jonah Weinberg, AuSM's former executive director, who will be moving to California this month to be closer to his family. In his four years at AuSM, Weinberg helped grow the organization and touched many lives within the community, building relationships and advancing messages of autism awareness and inclusion.

Thank you for participating in AuSM's open house. We look forward to continued growth and service to this amazing Minnesota autism community.


Pumpkin Patch Trolley 2017 registration open

pumpkinfriendsWEBAuSM, the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, and generous sponsor Anime Twin Cities invite you to experience the thrill of riding a trolley, spend time with Minnesota autism community friends, and pick a perfect pumpkin during this event for individuals and families affected by autism. The event, held on Oct. 14 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum's Linden Hill Station, is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the fall pumpkin harvest and to have fun in a welcoming environment! The cost is $10 per family for AuSM members and $15 per family for non-members. All are welcome, but space is limited. Click here for more information and to register today.    


A few openings remain in fall adult zoo class

MNZoologowebAuSM is pleased to partner with the Minnesota Zoo to offer the third in a series of three classes for adults with autism this fall. The final class, made possible in part by the Dakota and Ramsey County Autism Grant, will be offered on Sept. 17 and will focus on how climate change effects Minnesota plants and animals. The class is designed for individuals who do not need direct service professional supports or supervision and is $5 per participant. Click here for more information and to register today.


AuSM Book Clubs in Ramsey and Dakota Counties expand ages

booksAuSM is pleased to partner with the Ramsey County Library in Shoreview and the Dakota County Library in Eagan to offer AuSM Book Clubs for individuals with autism, other disabilities, and neurotypical individuals who live in Dakota and Ramsey Counties. The age range for both clubs has been expanded to include individuals ages 14+. The AuSM Book Clubs are made possible in part by the Dakota and Ramsey Counties Autism Grant. Share the joy of reading with others by joining this book club. The groups will develop the guidelines and select books. The cost to participate is free, but registration is required. Click on the following links for more info and to register. Participants may join at any time during the AuSM Book Club series.

AuSM Book Club at the Ramsey County Library in Shoreview
AuSM Book Club at the Dakota County Library in Eagan