Parents of middle school-age and older students, educators, school administrators, higher education professionals, business leaders, organizations, service providers, and students with disabilities are encouraged to participate in the "Let's Talk About Transition" community conversations throughout Minnesota this fall. Share your thoughts on improving transition services, employment, and post-secondary education opportunities for students with all disabilities.
In partnership with Upstream Arts and Legal Aid, the next dialog will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Upstream Arts in Minneapolis. Click here for more information about the Minneapolis event and future conversations and to register.
If you are an educator, plan to participate in AuSM's presentation at the Education Minnesota 2014 Professional Conference Workshop: "Inclusive Strategies for Success with ASD Students" on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 2:50-3:50 p.m. in Ballroom G at the St. Paul River Center. Learn practical ideas for supporting students with autism in general education classrooms. Topics will include defining ASD, social skills and communication supports, ideas for listening to those on the spectrum and making accommodations in the classroom. Resources such as apps, books and visual supports will be included.
AuSM is partnering with the Children's Theatre Company (CTC) in their offering of sensory-friendly programming to the Minnesota autism community. The next CTC sensory-friendly performance is Busytown the Musical, a cabaret-style musical of puppets and people, on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. CTC is seeking volunteers to help with welcoming, ushering and assisting families who participate in the sensory-friendly performances. Volunteers also receive one free admission to watch the performance for which they volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering for a CTC sensory-friendly performance, click here.
A special thank you to Minneapolis Police, Special Olympics Minnesota, volunteers and participants at the second annual Fun & Fitness Academy on Sept. 13. The sun was bright and kids participated in bocce ball, basketball and more. Families also collected autism resources and enjoyed lunch together. High five for fun!
AuSM is pleased to partner with Minnesota Life College and the University of St. Thomas to offer Form and Function: The Hidden Curriculum and Executive Functioning, a workshop for parents, educators, and autism professionals on Nov. 14 at UST's Minneapolis campus. Learn about the hidden curriculum and executive functioning skills for young adult and transition-age individuals with mild to moderate autism spectrum disorder. Learn how these skills impact home, school, and work environments. Discussion will include case study examples, missteps, challenges, and how to apply and resolve ongoing challenges. The workshop will be instructed by Dr. Glenis Benson and will feature breakout sessions facilitated by Dr. L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Chrissy Cleveland and Dawn Brasch. Click here for more information and to register.
The 2014-2015 AuSM Education Catalog will be hitting mailboxes soon, but registration for the full line-up of programs is available now on our website. Please make plans to join us for the Life with Autism series (formerly Discovery) classes, AuSM Social Skills classes and AuSM Skillshops. AuSM also offers autism training and ASD Certification Training. We look forward to learning and growing with you in the coming year!
We are happy to announce a new way to shop and support AuSM at the same time: Amazon Smile. Click here to choose AuSM as your preferred charity and shop as usual. A percentage of your purchases will be given to AuSM to support programs and services for the Minnesota autism community.