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    Planning for Success in Transition and Employment
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Save $10 on your Autism in Business registration this week

Autism-in-Business-v5dRegister for Autism in Business 2015 through Friday, Oct. 9 and save $10 per registration! Use discount code AUSM10.

On Oct. 22, AuSM will bring together Minnesota’s top corporate leaders, business professionals, state agencies, and autism advocates for Autism in Business, a full-day forum focused on providing positive strategies for employing and retaining individuals with autism. Held at TIES in St. Paul, the event aims to help businesses and employers learn more about the autism community’s untapped talent pool. Click here for more information to register. Remember to use discount code AUSM10 to receive $10 off per registration.


Five-year state plan for developmental disabilities

MGCDDlogo2015The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities is preparing a five-year state plan and would like feedback from people with developmental disabilities, family members, professionals, and providers. Click here to participate by Nov. 1. Thank you on behalf of our friends at the MGCDD.


What's so special about special education?

MplsPublicSchools15In collaboration with AuSM, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will host a presentation on the changing landscape of special education policy in Minnesota from 6-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6. Jean Bender, AuSM Board Vice President and the Chair of AuSM’s Advocacy Committee, will walk through the changes occurring at the state and federal level. Following that, Sara Stack and Amy Johnson of MPS will explain how those changes impact students at the local level. The presentation will take place at the North Regional Public Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis. Click here for more information.

AuSM's role in this meeting is to provide information about current happenings at the federal and state levels regarding special education. AuSM will not be advocating for or against any particular program, but rather will share information relevant for families, students, and educators.


To Graduation, and Beyond! November workshop

chalalexwebAuSM, Minnesota Life College, and the University of St. Thomas (UST) are pleased to offer a one-day workshop featuring skills and strategies for transition-age individuals and adults with autism and other learning differences. 

To Graduation, and Beyond!, held Nov. 6 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis campus of UST, will be led by world-renowned researcher Brenda Smith Myles, PhD. Dr. Smith Myles will provide valuable strategies for achieving independence, including tactics for self-regulation and mindfulness. By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to complete a comprehensive plan for using these tools in the workplace, for transportation, and in post-secondary education.

Educators, service agencies, parents, caregivers, autism and other learning difference professionals, transiton-age individuals, and adults with autism and other learning differences are encouraged to attend. Click here for more information and to register.


AuSM's fall classes begin soon: Are you registered?

ZooSkillsrainforestwebAuSM social skills classes foster confidence and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends, fit into a group, take part in conversations, ask appropriate questions, and have fun. Register for these classes that take place in a low-stress, accepting environment.

Como Zoo Skills
Saturdays, began Sept. 26
Creatures of the Night (elementary, ages 8-12)
Exhibit Design (teen, ages 13-18)

Ocean Commotion at the Minnesota Zoo
Sundays, began Oct. 4

Fidgety Fairy Tales: Beauty and the Beast
Theater opportunity with the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health
Rehearsals begin Nov. 1
(ages 13-18)

AuSM Aquarium Camp at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, Minn.
Saturdays, began Oct. 3


October AuSM Skillshop focus on executive function

discoveryfamilyThe Oct. 6 AuSM Skillshop, held at Lionsgate Academy in Crystal, Minn. from 7-9 p.m., will focus on executive functions, a variety of “higher-order” mental processes and behaviors that help the brain organize and act on information. These skills enable a person to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention, and get started on tasks. In this AuSM Skillshop presented by Mary Beth Kelley, learn strategies and interventions for the different executive functioning areas. The focus will be on students in grades K-12. Kelley, a professional who oversees the Learning Disability Association’s assessment program, has been in the field of special education since 1990, serving in a variety of roles in public schools as well as non-profit settings. Click here for more information and to register.


Education catalog available

educatalog15 16CvrFor 45 years, AuSM has supported individuals with autism, families, caregivers, educators, employers, tehrapists, and other community professionals by offering a welcoming place to learn, access services, receive training, and develop skills for navigating emotions, information, and life.

The 2015-2016 AuSM Education Catalog includes information about special interest-focused social skills classes that engage youth and adults; AuSM Skillshops that focus on discussion and problem-solving; and specialized training tailored for organizations and businesses, including the Life with Autism Series and AuSM Autism Direct Support Certification.

Explore the catalog to find AuSM programs and services that suit your needs and enhance your life.