On Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., join The Arc Minnesota for the 2018 Disability Day at the Capitol where participants will gather to rally in support of people with disabilities in Minnesota. AuSM encourages participation by families, caregivers, direct service providers, and individuals with autism so the needs of those with autism can be heard. This event, held at the Minnesota State Capitol, is co-sponsored by the Autism Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, Advocating Change Together, MOFAS, Minnesota Council on Disability, and Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. There is no cost to participate, but registration is encouraged. Click here to register.
Join AuSM for a fun day at Target Field as Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins celebrate Autism Awareness Day on June 3. Those purchasing game tickets through AuSM's unique link will have the opportunity to participate in an on-field parade before watching the Twins take on the Cleveland Indians. Ticket purchase through AuSM's link includes the pre-game parade, a seat at the game, and a $3 donation to the Autism Society of Minnesota. Cheer for the Twins while supporting those you love with autism! Tickets are $22 each and must be purchased by May 13, 2018. Click here to order your tickets today.
Associated Bank, AuSM, and the Minnesota Wild brought students, teachers, and caregivers from Spero Academy and Lionsgate Academy "Into the Wild" today at the Xcel Energy Center. Participants were able to experience what it's like to attend a MN Wild game, including claiming tickets at the will call window, walking through security, and finding seats in the arena. They also watched the MN Wild practice, had the opportunity to shoot a puck and learn about check writing and personal finance in the Associated Bank Power Play Zone, took in the view from the press box on the top floor, and wrote and drew about what makes them awesome. Some even met Wild Coach Bruce Boudreau and were interviewed by WCCO-TV | CBS Minnesota, KSTP-TV, and FOX 9 News! Thank you, Associated Bank and MN Wild, for this amazing experience!
AuSM is pleased to announce the creation of a monthly birthday celebration and game night for adults with autism ages 18+. Birthdays are something we all have in common – let’s celebrate together! Come to AuSM to celebrate your birthday and the birthdays of others with cake and games. Bring a board or card game to play. AuSM will provide treats. Everyone is welcome, whether it’s your birthday or not! The cost is $3 per person, unless it's your birthday month, in which case registration is free. AuSM's first celebration will be on Jan. 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul. Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM was selected as a nonprofit recipient for the fifth annual Izzy’s 13 Days of Giving in February. On Feb. 19, 2018, Izzy's will donate $2 from every single scoop in a cake, sugar, waffle cone or cup of ice cream to AuSM in support of AuSM's programs and services for our local autism community. Be sure and stop in, enjoy some delicious ice cream, and support AuSM on Feb. 19. The offer is good at both Izzy's locations on Feb. 19: 2034 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104; and 1100 2nd St. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Hennepin, Dakota, and Ramsey Counties are collaborating with the Department of Human Services and AuSM to promote training and respite activities for individuals with autism or a related condition and their caregivers. Up to $1,000 of financial support may be applied toward AuSM training and respite. Support varies by county. For Hennepin County, participants must be registered before June 15, 2018 for training and/or respite activities. For Dakota and Ramsey Counties, funds are for training and/or respite activities that occur before June 30, 2018. Contact AuSM at 651.647.1083 ext. 22 for more information. Click here for more information about this exciting new funding opportunity!
Are you ready for the ultimate autism community event of the year? Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2018 will be coming your way on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 8:30-11 a.m. Held at Southdale Center in Edina, Steps of Hope will feature the state's largest annual autism resource fair, fun games, the 2nd annual AuSM Flash Dash, and a huge opportunity to join this awesome community in raising dollars to support programs and services for those affected by autism in Minnesota. Registration is open! Plan to participate and start rallying your team of AuSM fundraising heroes!
Fundraisers will receive one FREE limited edition Love Your Melon AuSM customized beanie for fundraising $125. Show your AuSM pride with this unique cap! Beanie supplies are limited. Click here to review the Love Your Melon AuSM beanie guidelines.
Click here for more information about Steps of Hope 2018 and to register.
Planning is key to a secure, happy, and healthy future. During the Jan. 23 AuSM Skillshop, "Beyond the Crystal Ball: Planning for the Future", learn about the importance of planning for your loved one with a disability. An attorney who specializes in the disability field also will discuss estate issues that families need to consider. This AuSM Skillshop, held from 7-9 p.m. at AuSM, will be presented by Allycia Wolff, a Planning Services Specialist for The Arc Greater Twin Cities. Click here for more information and to register.
The 23rd Annual Minnesota State Autism Conference will take place April 25-28, 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place. This event is designed to bring our community together to learn, network, and gather resources that can make a difference in the lives of those with autism. We are pleased to announce our 2018 keynote speakers for this important event: Wednesday, April 25 from 7-9 p.m., Frank Campagna (Autism Daddy), sponsored by Fraser, "Things No One Ever Told Me After My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism". Thursday, April 26, from 8-10 a.m. and continued session during breakouts, Jed Baker, PhD, sponsored by the Rosenberg Center, title to be announced. Thursday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m., Stephen Shore, PhD, sponsored by Minnesota Life College, "Developing an Understanding of the Hidden Curriculum for Learners on the Autism Spectrum: A Lifespan Approach". Friday April 27 from 8-10 a.m., Leah Kuypers sponsored by St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development, "Zones of Regulation". Click here for more details about the conference and the keynote speakers.