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Coalition to Lower MA-TEFRA Fees

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AuSM is a member organization of the Coalition to Lower MA-TEFRA parental fees, and we invite you to join us in support of this initiative.

Many families of children with disabilities struggle to pay the parental fees associated with MA-TEFRA. These fees can cause undue financial hardship for families already facing the high cost of raising children with disabilities. In some cases, the fees are a barrier to insurance coverage for necessary treatments and supports. This legislative session, several individuals and organizations are joining together to form the Coalition to Lower Minnesota MA-TEFRA Parental Fees. The Coalition seeks to meaningfully lower MA-TEFRA parental fees, with the longer term goal of eliminating these fees altogether. While the 2017 legislative session may seem like a long way away, the time to get organized and act is NOW.

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Schwan's Cares for AuSM

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The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) has partnered with Schwan’s Cares to offer a simple and effective way to raise funds for programs and services that support individuals with autism in Minnesota. 

 When you place an order with Schwan's, reference our fundraising campaign number #16329, and AuSM will earn 5% on orders placed through Nov. 10, 2015. For those who have special dietary needs, Schwan's offers 350 delicious foods, including 90+ gluten-free items, and they conveniently deliver to you door. Click here to visit their website and learn more. Already purchase Schwan's from a rep? Be sure to give your Schwan's rep our campaign number #16329, and AuSM will receive a percentage of the sale.

Please help AuSM increase the success of this fundraiser by sharing how-to information with your family members, relatives, and personal networks. Send a quick e-mail or share a message on Facebook and Twitter.

There are three ways to raise money for AuSM during this fundraiser:

  1. Order from AuSM's Schwan's Cares website (click here).
  2. Order by phone (1.888.724.9267) and give the customer service representative our campaign number #16329 and be sure to tell them you're ordering in support of the Autism Society of Minnesota.
  3. Order from your regular Schwan's delivery repesentative and give him/her our campaign number #16329 and tell them you're ordering in support of the Autism Society of Minnesota.
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Lindamood-Bell becomes AuSM Premier Partner in 2017

LindamoodBellwebWe are pleased to announce that Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, an organization that believes all individuals can be taught to read and comprehend to their potential, will be an AuSM Premier Partner in 2017. Lindamood-Bell's sensory-cognitive instruction has proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, ADHD, and autism, and we are excited to share in their support of the Minnesota autism community throughout the coming year.

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Readiness for driving is topic for Dec. 8 AuSM Skillshop

driving2016Driving is looked at as a right of passage as we enter our mid and late teens. At the Dec. 8 AuSM Skillshop, "Driven to Drive: Getting Behind the Wheel", learn about the critical skills needed for driving and how autism characteristics may impact safe driving behaviors. Assessment of driver readiness will be discussed along with ideas for supports that can be initiated in the home or during therapies to increase safe driver potential. This AuSM Skillshop will take place from 7-9 p.m. at Lionsgate Academy in Minnetonka. Click here for more information and to register.

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Local malls host Sensitive Santa events on Dec. 4

santacatwebMany local malls around the Twin Cities will host Sensitive Santa events on Dec. 4: Maplewood Mall (8-11 a.m.); Northtown Mall (8-10 a.m.); and Southdale Center (9:30-11 a.m.). Avoid lines and visit with Santa in a sensory-friendly, welcoming environment. Participation for these events is free; charges may apply for photo packages. Some events require registration. Click here for more information.

Click here to review AuSM's "I'm Going To Visit Santa" social narrative.

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Be AuSM to the Max today!

FlashandDashcrop16Give to the Max Day, Minnesota's state-wide day of giving is TODAY! AuSM's goal is to raise $6,800 this year in honor of the 1 in 68 who is diagnosed with autism. Every dollar collected will be used support AuSM's programs and services for our AuSM community.

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The Mud Rhythm Race Series has generously offered a $3,000 match donation for Give to the Max Day. Donate on Nov. 17, and your donation will be doubled by AuSM friends at the Mud Rhythm Race Series (up to $3,000)!

AuSM On Location Nov. 17

BrueggersBagels ClrLogo CMYK ASKTAuSM was at the Gaviidae Common Bruegger's Bagels location this morning, greeting our community, collecting donations, and handing out Flash the Cat and Dash the Dog, our stuffed animal mascots for Steps of Hope 2017. They were a huggable hit! Thank you for your support!

TinWhiskersLogowebTin Whiskers Brewing Company (125 9th St. E., St. Paul, MN 55101) will donate $1 to AuSM for every pint sold between 4-10 p.m. on Give to the Max Day. Stop by Tin Whiskers and enjoy a tasty beverage. AuSM will be there with resource materials, too; be sure to say hello!

612BrewWeb612Brew (945 Broadway St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55413) will donate $1 to AuSM for every pint sold between 4-10 p.m. Hang out with AuSM at 612Brew and raise your glass in support of the Minnesota autism community. Bonus: It's trivia night!

Join us for some fun in support of the Minnesota autism community! Be AuSM to the Max!

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You are AuSM to the Max!

FlashandDashcrop16You heard our call to raise $6,800 on Give to the Max Day, in honor of the 1 in 68 who is diagnosed with autism. You answered it! Thank you to everyone who donated in support of AuSM's programs and services. You helped us raise more than $13,000 for the Minnesota autism community!

Special thanks to the Mud Rhythm Race Series for their generous $3,000 match that doubled donor dollars; Bruegger's Bagels for inviting AuSM to spend the morning at their Gaviidae Commons location and for providing donation incentives; Tin Whiskers Brewing Company for selecting AuSM to be their Pints for a Purpose recipient and inviting AuSM for a fun evening; and 612Brew for donating $1 per pour as AuSM visited with customers who raised their glasses in support of our community.

If you were not able to donate yesterday but would still like to, you can donate by clicking here. Thank you so much for your generosity, Minnesota autism community and supporters!

 

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Call for Papers 2017 deadline extended to Nov. 23

KeynoteSpeakersImageThe 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference Call for Papers deadline has been extended through Nov. 23, 2016. Educators, parents, caregivers, siblings, therapists, direct support staff, and other professionals, submit your proposal today to present during the largest annual educational event for the Minnesota autism community on April 26-29, 2017.  Click here to download, complete, and submit the Call for Papers 2017 proposal form.

If you have questions about a presentation topic you'd like to propose, please contact AuSM's event staff at 651.647.1083 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Explore apps that can enhance your life during Dec. 2 AuSM workshop

girlstabletscolor2016Tablet and app technology expert Mark Coppin, MS, will present "Tech Tools and Apps for Students and Adults with Autism" on Friday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Royal Cliff Banquet & Conference Center. If you're a parent, caregiver, educator, service provider, or other professional who works with individuals with autism or if you have autism, this AuSM workshop will help you learn about apps and technology that can make a difference in your life. Participate in hands-on activities on the iPad while learning about apps for communication, organization, planning, storytelling, reading, writing, behavioral support, and much more. Click here to learn more and to register.

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St. Cloud social safety workshop postponed

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The St. Cloud social safety workshop planned for Nov. 19 has been postponed. Watch our website for future educational opportunities in greater Minnesota.

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Free workshop Saturday, Nov. 12

kidorangebackpackAuSM and the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) are partnering to offer a free workshop and resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. "Navigating Mental Health, School, and Social Safety" will be presented on Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Wilder Center in St. Paul. EFMN's presenters, Michael Zaccariello, PhD, LP and Katherine Nickels, MD, will speak about "Maximizing the Learning Potential". Participants will learn about specific learning disorders and how epilepsy and medications affect learning. AuSM presenter, Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC, will present "Social Safety: Strategies for Navigating Online and Offline", which will include a discussion about navigating the hidden curriculum, bullying, and online safety. The free half-day workshop includes lunch. Registration is required and space is limited. Click here for more information. Click here to register.

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Join the coalition to lower MA-TEFRA parental fees

MNStateCapitolAuSM is a member organization of the Coalition to Lower MA-TEFRA parental fees, and we invite you to join us in support of this initiative.

Many families of children with disabilities struggle to pay the parental fees associated with MA-TEFRA. These fees can cause undue financial hardship for families already facing the high cost of raising children with disabilities. In some cases, the fees are a barrier to insurance coverage for necessary treatments and supports. This legislative session, several individuals and organizations are joining together to form the Coalition to Lower Minnesota MA-TEFRA Parental Fees. The Coalition seeks to meaningfully lower MA-TEFRA parental fees, with the longer term goal of eliminating these fees altogether. While the 2017 legislative session may seem like a long way away, the time to get organized and act is NOW.

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Girl's birthday wish supports her friend with autism

LilyKateLetterwebAuSM received this thoughtful letter from a young lady named Lily Kate who chose to donate her birthday dollars in support of the Minnesota autism community, a community that includes her friend, Riley. Thank you for your kindness, Lily Kate. Your big heart is a true gift.

Lily Kate's letter reads:

Dear Autism Society,

Hi my name is Lily Kate. I am 9 years. I am in 3rd Grade. I have a friend name Riley. He is in 6th Grade. He loves pizza, waffles, garage doors, Justen Bieber, and giving hugs. He also has autism. For my birthday party, instead of presents, I donated money my friends brought. So I can help kids with autism. Like my friend Riley.

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The AuSM Minnesota autism community is a blessing

thanksgiving2015webAs we ready ourselves for Thanksgiving, AuSM is grateful for all of the individuals with autism, parents, grandparents, siblings, caregivers, educators, business professionals, first responders, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, direct support professionals, and the countless other community members who strive each day to make better lives for those affected by autism. What you do matters, and each of you is a counted blessing. 

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, AuSM's office will be closed Nov. 26 and 27 and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30.

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DHS drops contract with UCare for Medical Assistance

UCarelogo15The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced its intent not to contract with UCare for the Prepaid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP) or MinnesotaCare beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Coverage and benefits of those currently enrolled in UCare will continue until Dec. 31, 2015.  

If you currently are enrolled in UCare, review your re-enrollment packet. The forms in the packet will let you know if you need to select a new plan for 2016 as well as which plans are available in your county. If you do not select a new health plan, you automatically will be assigned to a new health plan. 

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You gave to the max for autism in Minnesota

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Thank you to everyone who donated and and shared AuSM's message in efforts to encourage donations during yesterday's Give to the Max Day, our state-wide day of giving. Because of your generosity, AuSM raised a total of $8,373.68, far surpassing our goal of $6,800! Donations ranged from $5 to $1,000, and every one of those dollars will be used support AuSM's programs and services for our AuSM community! Thank you, too, to AuSM's newest Premier Partner, Cub Foods, for their matching gift that doubled donations up to $1,000.

If you were unable to give yesterday, but still would like to donate, please click here. 100% of your donation will stay in Minnesota to support our local autism community by funding AuSM's programs and services. Thank you, Minnesota autism community!

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CDC releases new study showing increase in autism prevalence rate

CDClogowebA new study was released yesterday by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, which identified a prevalence rate of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as 1:45. This study is getting a lot of national attention, but it is important to note that this new number was not arrived at by the same methodology that led to the 1:68 finding, as identified in 2014 by the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. What does this mean? In short, the two prevalence rates cannot be compared as “apples to apples.”

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The Common Man supports AuSM on Give to the Max Day

DanColewebOne of AuSM's biggest fans, KFAN FM 100.3's Dan Cole The Common Man, has chosen AuSM as his Give to the Max pick. Thanks for your AuSM support, Common Man! Click here to see The Common Man's Give to the Max web page.

Celebrate the individual with autism who has touched your life by donating to AuSM today. 100% of your donation will stay in Minnesota to support our local autism community by funding AuSM's programs and services. 

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Support AuSM on Give to the Max Day 2015

GTMD15LogowebThursday, Nov. 12 is Give to the Max Day! Celebrate the individual with autism who has touched your life by donating to AuSM. 100% of your donation will stay in Minnesota to support our local autism community by funding AuSM's programs and services including support groups, the Autism Direct Support Certification program, emergency responder training, mental health services, social skills classes, summer camps, workshops, AuSM Skillshops, the annual state autism conference, sensory-friendly community events, customized training, and much more.

Click here to donate through AuSM's secure website; call AuSM at 651.647.1083; or send your donation to 2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114. Donations received through Nov. 12 will be counted toward AuSM's $6,800 Give to the Max Day 2015 goal. Thank you!

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Brenda Smith Myles offers transition strategies

BSmithMyles2015webThank you to AuSM's partnering organizations, Minnesota Life College and the University of St. Thomas (UST), and to participants who attended the "To Graduation, and Beyond" workshop today at UST's Minneapolis campus. World-renowned researcher Brenda Smith Myles, PhD., shared a lot of valuable information for parents, caregivers, educators, and individuals with autism and other learning differences during the day-long workshop.

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AuSM joins Community Health Charities

CHClogo2015AuSM is pleased to announce its membership in Community Health Charities (CHC), an organization that unites the nation’s most trusted charities through workplace giving. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, employees who want to designate their pre-tax, workplace giving dollars to support the Minnesota autism community may choose AuSM as a recipient.

“Being selected as a CHC member is a testament to and a validation of the important work we do at AuSM,” Jonah Weinberg, AuSM Executive Director said. “Our mission of serving Minnesota’s growing autism population, from birth through retirement, continues because of the support of this generous community.”

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Support AuSM with your virtual shopping cart

AmazonSmileHoliday shopping this weekend? Planning to fill your virtual shopping cart on Cyber Monday? If you're on Amazon, consider using the Smile program. 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.

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Holiday cheer and AuSM: What's on Tap for Autism

ENKIbeerJoin us this holiday season for an ENKI Brewing beer pouring experience featuring CACAO Porter, Victoria’s Gold, Journey Pale Ale, Auburn Kolsch, and more. Beyond the craft beers, this festive event will include music, chili, hand-rolled cigars, prizes and a 50/50 raffle! ENKI will donate $1 for each pour to AuSM during this festive evening. Friday, Dec. 19 from 4-10 p.m. at ENKI Brewing in Victoria, Minn. Click here to view the event flyer.

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Kick off your new year with an exercise workshop

CoachDaveweb2015David S. Geslak will present Exercise is the Gateway to Build Fitness, Self-Esteem and Relationships on Friday, Jan. 23 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ties in St. Paul. During this AuSM Workshop, learn the structure, visual strategies and protocol to implement an effective autism exercise program. Whether you are a parent or professional you will leave with exercises and routines that can be immediately implemented in your home, center or classroom. Be ready to move and you will leave with the tools to transform lives. The January AuSM Workshop is sponsored by Landscape Structures/Flagship Recreation.Click here for more information and to register today.

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New venue for Steps of Hope 2015: Southdale Center

SOHclrNoDateRwebAuSM is pleased to announce that Steps of Hope 2015 will be held at Southdale Center in Edina. AuSM's largest fundraiser will take place on Sunday, March 1. Families, businesses, organizations and community groups are encouraged to build teams and raise money to support programs and services for individuals and families in Minnesota who are touched by autism. Registration for this family fun event will be open soon. Click here for more information.

 

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Thank you, Form and Function participants

JonahBensonAmywebNearly 200 educators, parents and professionals participated in the Form and Function workshop presented by AuSM, Minnesota Life College and the University of St. Thomas today at UST's Minneapolis campus. Thank you to all eager participants and to our presenters: Glenis Benson, Kim Busse, Amy Reid, Chrissy Cleveland and L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan. Click here for more information on AuSM's workshop that will bring in the new year: Exercise is the Gateway to Fitness, Self-Esteem and Relationships on Jan. 23, 2015.

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FREE performance on Sunday, Nov. 23

FidgetyLogowebPlease join the Fidgety Fairy Tales performance troupe on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Changing Lives for a free performance of The Prince and the Pea. This fairy tale that has been re-imagined to raise awareness about autism and will be performed by teens with autism. Click here for more information.

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You are AuSM to the Max!

thanksYour generosity during yesterday's Give to the Max Day will make a difference far beyond the 24-hour event. All dollars donated will support AuSM's programs and services for our great local autism community. If you weren't able to donate yesterday but still would like to make a contribution, please click on the button below. Make a gift donation in honor of a loved one, a favorite teacher, or in support of all of those touched by autism in Minnesota. Click here to give.

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Be AuSM to the Max today!

AuSMGTMD2014Please donate to AuSM today and help us continue to enhance the lives of those touched by autism in Minnesota. Make a gift donation in honor of a loved one, a favorite teacher, or just because. 100% of your donation supports programs and services designed for our community. Each dollar makes a difference! Click here to give.

Watch AuSM's "Be" video and see how your support has helped AuSM's programs and services grow throughout 2014.

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Visit Santa on Dec. 7

santaNorthtown Mall on Dec. 7 from 8-10 a.m.
This is a special time to visit Santa, reserved especially for children with autism. If you would like to participate, please contact Linda Sell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.

Southdale Center (New location of Steps of Hope 2015!) on Dec. 7 from 9-11 a.m.
Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families to visit Santa. Click here to reserve your time to visit Caring Santa at Southdale Center.

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Moving Out! AuSM Skillshop tonight at Lionsgate Academy

MovingOutFrustrated with your current living situation? Wondering about housing options for an adult with ASD? Learn the issues that young adults and their families need to consider when preparing to move into their own homes. The "Moving Out! Housing for Young Adults on the Spectrum" AuSM Skillshop will take place on Nov. 11 (tonight!) at Lionsgate Academy from 7-9 p.m. Online registration is closed. Walk-in registrants are welcome.

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Walk-in registrants welcome for Form and Function

iStock 000014432495SmallAuSM, Minnesota Life College and the University of St. Thomas offer Form and Function: The Hidden Curriculum and Executive Functioning, a workshop for parents, educators, and professionals who work with individuals with autism and other learning differences on Friday, Nov. 14 at UST's Minneapolis campus. ASD Criteria Standards C2 and C4 will be addressed. Online registration is closed. Walk-in registrants welcome, space permitting. Click here for more information.

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Schwan's Cares program raises dollars for AuSM

pieAuSM is partnering again with Schwan’s Cares to offer a simple and effective way to raise funds for programs and services that support individuals with autism in Minnesota. As part of this fundraising campaign, AuSM will earn 20% from Schwan’s product sales and 40% from e-certificate sales (available online only) through Dec. 25, 2014. When you place an order with Schwan's, reference our fundraising campaign number #16329. Click here for more information and to support this fundraiser.

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Give to the Max Day is next Thursday, Nov. 13

AuSMGTMD2014Please donate to AuSM on November 13, 2014 for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to enhance the lives of those in Minnesota touched by autism from birth through retirement. Make a gift donation in honor of a loved one, a favorite teacher, or just because. All dollars donated to AuSM support programs and services designed for the Minnesota autism community. Each dollar makes a difference and supports our great community! Click here to give.

Watch AuSM's "Be" video and see how your support has helped AuSM's programs and services grow throughout 2014.

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Sorority raises money during Autism Amped

StKatesorority2013webSt. Catherine University's Lambda Signam Tau sorority raised $282.35 for AuSM through its Autism Amped event. AuSM thanks the members of the sorority for their leadership and generosity.

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Commvault for AuSM

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Special thanks to Randy DeMeno from CommVault software company, Christine Krsnik from Microsoft and Jenna Soule from RBA Consulting for organizing and participating in the Commvault event at the Excel Energy Center on Nov. 13. The event raised more than $6,000 each for AuSM and the Hendrickson Foundation, an organization that supports disabled individuals participate in hockey.

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Thank you for your generous donations

thanksWe are so grateful for your donations during yesterday's Give to the Max Day. We are just about $800 away from our goal of $11,188. If you didn't have an opportunity to donate yesterday or were frustrated with the glitch on the GiveMN site, AuSM will gratefully accept your contribution anytime through our website. If you want to make a gift in honor of a loved one, a favorite teacher, or just because, you can click here to donate today. Please help us reach our goal!

Special thanks to Brandi Warmbier, ChFC, CPCU, State Farm Insurance Agent, for offering a $500 matching donation on Give to the Max Day. Her contribution allowed many other's contributions to double. Thank you!

GTMD2013videoClick here to view AuSM's 2013 Give to the Max Day video!

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You are AuSM!

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Thank you to everyone who donated to AuSM during Give to the Max Day. Our goal for the 24-hour event was to raise $8,188; together we surpassed this goal by raising $11,500.41! Special thanks to the Joan Roisum Insurance Agency for allowing many donations to double with a generous matching grant.

Your support means so much to all families affected by autism in Minnesota. Together we are strong. Together we are making a difference.

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Watch the Wild, support the Minnesota autism community

wildlogowebThe Minnesota Wild is partnering with AuSM to help raise money for programs and services for the Minnesota autism community. Ticket prices for three Wild games are marked down exclusively for this fundraiser, and a portion of each purchased ticket will go directly to AuSM. Last year the AuSM games sold out, so order your tickets as soon as possible! Click here for more information and to order your tickets today.

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Find your AuSM network

Many parents and individuals tell us that one of the most difficult things about an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis is the feelings of isolation and loneliness. Many of these same folks find comfort in AuSM programs because they find a community of people who are having a similar experience. As one mom wrote to us this week: “…More often than not, I feel like as much as I try to explain my daughter’s differences, her behaviors, her story, I am met with well-intentioned people who misunderstand her, or misunderstand us, as her parents. To know, last night, that we were in a room with other parents who have struggled in the same ways, or with individuals who are still learning to overcome the obstacles and challenges autism presents, was heartening…”

We encourage you to join a class to find your network of support. Our winter classes are forming now - sign up for the AuSM Discovery Seriesor AuSM Social Skills today!

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Thank you, Kids' Hair!

kidshairlogowebA huge thank you to Kids' Hair for selling puzzle pieces for $1 in October to benefit AuSM's programs and services. Kids' Hair salon locations raised $3,209 in support of individuals with autism in Minnesota. All Kids' Hair stylists have been trained by AuSM in order to make the haircut experience a great one for children with autism. Click here and scroll down to the Kids' Hair logo to view the Kids' Hair social story and to find a Kids' Hair location near you.

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Autism training makes big impact

woodburybadgeScott McCafferty, a Police Officer and Paramedic for the City of Woodbury recently participated in a presentation about autism awareness and emergency management by Ernie Roettger. McCafferty praised Roettger, a paramedic with Hennepin EMS who was trained by AuSM, for his dynamic presentation and his innate ability to bring personal experience to the presentation that solidified his message. Click here to read more about McCafferty's autism training experience.

AuSM will be training the airport police in 2014, as well as providing additional trainings to detectives in the sexual offense area. AuSM offers audience-tailored trainings to hospitals, doctors, first responders and more. Click here to learn more about AuSM's autism training.

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100% of your donations to AuSM go back to the Minnesota autism community

Celebrating Successes, Driving Progress

“Since the first diagnosis and Discovery Series, AuSM has provided the lifeline we needed to cope, understand, learn and prepare for the journey of our son’s life.” - Grace, parent

Grace gets it. She, along with her son Drew’s educators, support staff and doctors, has seen the impact that the Autism Society of Minnesota’s programs continue to have on Drew’s progress, education, social skills and ability to prepare for emergencies. Grace is grateful that AuSM’s partnerships with service providers and employers will continue to meet her family’s changing needs – from transitioning to a new living arrangement, to relationship strategies, to programs focusing on educating employers about how the gifts of autism benefit companies. Click here to read more about Grace and her family in AuSM's Annual Appeal 2012.

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Workshop makes participants h-app-y

crowd1webThose who participated in today's workshop, Apps for Fostering Independence at Every Age, were thrilled with the amount of valuable information shared by co-presenters Melanie Johnston and Mark Coppin. During the workshop organized by AuSM, Minnesota Life College and the University of St. Thomas, more than 115 participants learned how to use i-devices to increase individual independence; obtained app search and selection guides to simplify; discovered how to match app features to individual needs; and learned how to use apps differently by substituting i-device technology for traditional forms of organization, classroom and work output. Thank you to participants, speakers and organizers for the great day of learning!