Thank you to Lube-Tech, volunteers, organizers, ride stop hosts, and all of those who participated in the Ride for Hope today. It was a warm one, but that didn't deter the crowds from going kickstands up for those affected by autism in Minnesota. Proceeds will benefit AuSM's programs and services.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hamza Elmi, a 6-year-old boy with autism who wandered from his home Thursday night. His body was found in the Mississippi River Friday morning. Our hearts are heavy, and we hope the support of the Minnesota autism community will bring comfort during this tragic time.
Video games can mimic real life. Just as a game’s missions can include moving from screen to screen, collecting things to increase life capacity, and leveling up to be more effective, people in real life move from day to day, collect resources to improve life, and gain knowledge to contribute to society. And just like video games, life can come with obstacles.
For Nate Allard, a 15-year-old from Chanhassen, Minn., obstacles don’t stand a chance at keeping him away from his life’s missions, including creating, designing, and building a video arcade game from scratch, a feat he accomplished despite some challenges.
Twin Cities artist Chirch and The Dirty Thought invite you to an evening of live music and comedy supporting AuSM. Hosted by Miss Shannan Paul and featuring performances by Lawrence Miles & Courtland Pickens, Chirch & The Dirty Thought, A Night of Autism Awareness will take place on Aug. 13 from 7-10 p.m. at Famous Dave's on Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis. Advance tickets are available online for $12; tickets will be $20 at the door. Click here for more information and to order tickets.
Register today to join AuSM on the links for the 20th annual AuSM Golf Classic on Monday, Aug. 3! Golfers will enjoy 18 holes of golf on the pristine Troy Burne course, complimentary cart, lunch, awards banquet, silent auction, and opportunities to win great prizes. Click here for more information and to register.
Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 7-9 p.m. for one of two AuSM Skillshops offered at the AuSM office in St. Paul. "Technology for ASD: Must-Have Apps" will be presented by Jason Backes, and "I've Made It Through Transition: What's Next" will be presented by Beth Pitchford. Select the AuSM Skillshop that interests you most and register today! Click here for more information.
The Minnesota Twins want to recognize and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act during their 1:10 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, Aug. 16. Discount seats are available and range from $20 to $42. Click here for more information and to order tickets. The ticket order deadline is Aug. 3.
The Works Museum is hosting a private event for families with autism on Aug. 9 from 1-4 p.m. During this event, The museum will be closed to the public, adapted for a sensory-friendly experience, and ready with hands-on engineering fun. Network with other families and learn about services provided by partnering organizations. Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets in advance.
Looking for a rewarding way to make a difference this summer? AuSM is looking for camp counselors interested in getting direct support experience, learning and practicing strategies and gaining awareness of the unique challenges that individuals with autism experience each day. Counselors are needed for all sessions of Camp Hand in Hand at Camp Knutson north of Brainerd in Crosslake, Minn. Counselors are paid a stipend for sessions worked.
- Session 3: Aug. 7-14
- Session 4: Aug 14-21
AuSM also is seeking a registered nurse to assist with Session 4. Click here for more information on becoming a counselor or the RN position.