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    Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement.
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    Participate in the 22nd Annual AuSM Golf Classic at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wis. on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Take a break from the humdrum of a regular Monday and have fun hitting the links in support of AuSM's mission of enhancing the lives of individuals touched by autism in Minnesota.

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Feb
26

Action Alert for Feb. 27, 2015

Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, the United States House of Representatives will vote on the Student Success Act (HR 5) to reauthorize and amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly No Child Left Behind). AuSM and our federal partners have some concerns about the bill. Click here for more information about our concerns and a sample script for using when you call your legislators.

Feb
21

Public Hearing: Support Strategies and Restraint

TAKE ACTION NOW: Public Hearing Monday, Feb. 23 at 9 a.m.

The MN Department of Human Services (DHS) will hold a public hearing on Rules Governing Positive Support Strategies, Person-Centered Planning, Limits on Use of Restrictive Interventions and Emergency Use of Manual Restraint, and Repeal of Rules Governing Aversive and Deprivation Procedures in Minnesota Rules, 9525.2700 to 9525.2810; Revisor's ID No. R-04213.

The rules that DHS is considering require the use of positive support strategies and govern the emergency use of manual restraint. DHS is also considering the repeal of rules governing the use of aversive and deprivation procedures now prohibited by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245D. 

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Feb
28

AuSM joins ASA on the Hill

ASAonHill2014webAuSM and more than 50 other Autism Society of America affiliates were in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 20 for the annual Autism Society of America Day on the Hill where affiliates discussed legislation and policy issues that affect the national autism community.

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Feb
28

February 2014 advocacy update

Special Education Issues

  • Special Education Case Loads—task force created to review laws & rules & make recommendations to legislature. 
  • Prone Restraint (eliminated in 2015) & Restrictive Procedures—task force continues to meet to make recommendations.
  • Safe Schools For All (anti-bullying)--bill will be reintroduced 2014 legislative session.

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Feb
28

AuSM 2016 Annual Report

2016annualreportcvr2016 was a year of innovation and growth for the Autism Society of Minnesota. New programs and services were offered while current programs were expanded and further developed to benefit individuals affected by autism in Minnesota. Click here to learn more about 2016 and what AuSM has in store for 2017.

Feb
24

2017 state autism conference has something for everyone

16 03 28 MN Autism Conf v4The 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will be held April 26-29, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Minneapolis – Park Place in Minneapolis. During the conference, experts, educators, therapists, direct support professionals, parents, caregivers, and people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will connect, collaborate, advocate, and educate.

Held during National Autism Awareness Month, this four-day conference is organized by AuSM, the state’s oldest nonprofit organization focused on ASD, with a mission of enhancing the lives of those affected by ASD from birth through retirement.

With a prevalence rate of one in every 68 people (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), ASD is the fastest growing developmental disability in Minnesota and the U.S., and AuSM believes programs and services are needed now more than ever to serve this increasing population.

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Feb
22

Artists wanted for Autism Awareness Month display at bank

MplsFRBThe Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank is seeking artwork created by artists with autism to feature in its gallery during Autism Awareness Month in April. Artists are welcome to submit a variety of different media, including photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and others. If the artwork is intended to be displayed on the wall, it should be provided in a format that is ready to be hung. If you or someone you know would like to submit art for display, AuSM will accept submissions, on behalf of the bank, at its office in St. Paul from Feb. 27-March 24.

Artwork submitted for this display will be on display from April 3-26 and seen primarily by bank staff and visitors; because the bank is a secure facility, the general public will not have access to the gallery. However, artists whose work is being displayed will be invited to an optional special event at the bank on April 26 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Artists must make arrangements for their artwork to be picked up from the bank on April 26. For additional information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Jillian Nelson at AuSM at 651.647.1083.

Feb
14

Sexuality workshop this Friday at the University of St. Thomas

TeenGroupHangOutwebOnline registration is closed for "Sexuality: Breaking the Taboo and Learning How To Talk About It", a workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at the University of St. Thomas's St. Paul Campus. Walk-in registration is available on site, space permitting.

This innovative workshop presented by Melissa Keyes Di-Gioia, a Certified Sexuality Educator, will give parents and caregivers valuable strategies for conversing about sexuality, relationships, and values. It also will help educators learn how to talk with families about sharing information on sexuality, as well as how to seek permission for discussing this topic in the classroom. CEUs and certificates of attendance will be available for participants. Click here for more information.

Feb
14

Disability Matters Day at the Capitol Feb. 28

CapitolBuildingWEBOn Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m., join self-advocates, families, and allies to call on policy makers to support funding and services that make independent lives possible in the community. Your voice and presence that day are crucial. Check in at L’etoile du Nord Room in the State Capitol Basement at 10 a.m., and the rally in the Capitol Rotunda will take place at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Mike Gude at The Arc MN at 651.604.8066 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Feb
14

Experiences with health care professionals: sharing your story

healthcare2017Carrie Dickson, MS, APRN, CNM, CNE, a doctor of nursing practice student from Minnesota State University in Mankato, is working with AuSM to gather personal stories from people with autism on their experiences with health care professionals. From now through April 15, Dickson is seeking stories from self-advocates with autism, parents, caregivers, and direct support staff about positive and negative interactions within the general health care system, including, but not limited to, emergency room visits, clinics, dentist offices, paramedics, hospitals, ophthalmologist offices, etc.

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Feb
10

22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference registration is open

16-03-28-MN-Autism-Conf-v4We invite you to participate in the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 26-29, 2017. During this event, we will join our voices as a passionate community to inspire learning, hope, and innovation. Here experts, parents, caregivers, educators, paraprofessionals, mental health professionals, service providers, and individuals on the spectrum will have a platform to connect, collaborate, advocate, and educate. The conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place and will feature the 3rd annual AuSM Gala celebration, Oh, the AuSM Places We'll Go!, on April 29. Registration for this Minnesota autism community event of the year is open. Click here for more information about keynote speakers, breakout sessions, exhibitors, registration, and more. 

Feb
08

VITALS pilot program applications still being accepted

VITALSbeaconWEBAuSM is partnering with Aware Services, LLC and the St. Paul Police Department to offer a free pilot project that uses mobile technology to help individuals with autism and other “invisible disabilities” live more independently and securely in the community.

A new technology-based project called the “Vulnerable Individuals Technology Assisted Location Service” – or VITALS – helps make the invisible visible. VITALS uses a transmitter, or beacon, and a mobile app that allow individuals with an “invisible” disability to voluntarily disclose their diagnosis to emergency responders within a 30-50 foot radius.

Pilot Program in Ramsey County
Ideal pilot program candidates are individuals with disabilities ages 15 and older who live in, work in, or go to school in Ramsey County and spend time in the community, independent of a caregiver. For more information, contact Jonah Weinberg, AuSM executive director at 651.647.1083, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

If you or someone you care for is interested in participating in this pilot program, CLICK HERE to complete the VITALS Pilot Program Application. If you do not live in, work, or go to school in Ramsey County but are interested in having the VITALS service in your community, CLICK HERE to share your contact information so we can keep you informed as this program grows. Pilot program applications will be accepted until program participation maximum is met.

Feb
06

Teachers and parents: learn strategies for talking about sexuality

TeenGroupHangOutwebAuSM, Minnesota Life College, and the University of St. Thomas invite you to register for "Sexuality: Breaking the Taboo and Learning How To Talk About It", a collaborative workshop to be presented from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at O'Shaughnessy Educational Center on the University of St. Thomas's St. Paul Campus. This innovative workshop presented by Melissa Keyes Di-Gioia, a Certified Sexuality Educator, will give parents and caregivers valuable strategies for conversing about sexuality, relationships, and values. It also will help educators learn how to talk with families about sharing information on sexuality, as well as how to seek permission for discussing this topic in the classroom. CEUs and certificates of attendance will be available for participants. Click here for more information and to register.

Feb
15

New Minnesota autism insurance reform bill

AuSM supports the new Minnesota autism insurance reform bill, HF.181, which requires intensive behavior therapy, including but not limited to applied behavior analysis; intensive early intervention behavior therapy; intensive behavior intervention, neuro-developmental and behavioral health treatments and management. It also includes coverage for autism-related physical, occupational and speech therapy. The bill has passed the House health and human services policy and commerce committees. Sponsored by Representative Kim Norton, the bill would take effect in August 2013. The companion bill, S.F. 314, is expected to be heard in the Senate next week. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AuSM Advocacy, for more information.

Feb
26

AuSM heroes swoop into the KARE 11 Backyard

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AuSM's Autism Heroes had a great time with Belinda Jensen in the KARE 11 Backyard! Special thanks to Nemer Fieger for coordinating this fun appearance where we unveiled our super walker T-shirts!

Register today to join AuSM on March 6 at Southdale Center for the state's most powerful walk for autism featuring a colossal autism resource fair. Recruit family members and friends to join your team and fundraise for the Minnesota autism community. Teams and individuals can register through the Steps of Hope 2016 Crowdrise page, AuSM's new, easy, and fun way to join in this event of the year for our community.

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Feb
22

AuSM advocates for you

advocacylogowebAuSM is committed to being your voice at the Minnesota legislature as well as creating public policy by maintaining a presence on key committees, task forces, and organizations. AuSM's Advocacy Committee will be focusing on the following issues in 2016: monitoring Olmstead Plan implementation; reducing or eliminating parental fees for families on TEFRA; monitoring implementation of Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) Services Benefit; supporting Best Life Alliance (previously 5% campaign); promoting training for paraprofessionals, direct support providers, parents and advocates; eliminating “Zero Tolerance” rules in schools; supporting adequate funding for special education; and expanding self-directed employment and adult services through consumer direction. Click here to join the forward-thinking group of advocates on AuSM's Advocacy Committee or to sign up for AuSM's Advocacy Alert list.

Feb
17

AuSM annual meeting

AuSM-45-Anniversary-logo-v4eDuring AuSM's Annual Meeting last night, the board, staff, and AuSM members went through 2015 at a glance and discussed AuSM's financial report. After recognizing Todd Schwartzberg for his many years of service to AuSM as a volunteer, board member, and board president, the board voted into office Jean Bender, President; Paul D'Arco, Vice President; and Marc Berris, Secretary.

Click here to read AuSM's 2015 Annual Report.

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Feb
27

Steps of Hope 2015 is Sunday at Southdale Center

BooBomberswebOnline registration for Steps of Hope 2015 is closed. Walk-in teams and individual walkers are welcome to join us for this family-friendly event and Minnesota's largest autism resource fair from 8-11 a.m. at Southdale Center. Everyone's in! Donations can continue to be made online at www.SOHwalk.org or can be turned in at the walk. We look forward to walking with you on Sunday!

Feb
25

Steps of Hope 2015 Adventure Guide available

SOH grayscale 75-0-100-0 NoDate RThe Steps of Hope 2015 Adventure Guide is hot off the presses and ready for our walkers at Southdale Center on Sunday, March 1! Check it out and plan your exciting Steps of Hope adventure. Click here to see the guide. Haven't registered yet? There's still time! Online registration for Steps of Hope will be open through Thursday, Feb. 26. Those who register online are eligible for some great prizes including a jump party at Sky Zone! Click here now to register as an indivdual walker or as a team. We can't wait to walk with you on Sunday!

Feb
22

AuSM talks about Steps of Hope on KSTP today

JonahKSTPSOH2015AuSM's executive director was interviewed on the KSTP 5 Eyewitness News this morning. He invited everyone to join us for Steps of Hope at Southdale Center on March 1. The fundraising walk is only one week away. Click here to watch the KSTP news segment. Click here to learn more about Steps of Hope and to register to walk with us. 

Feb
21

Public hearing on restraint

ribbon2On Monday, Feb. 23 at 9 a.m., the MN Department of Human Services (DHS) will hold a public hearing on Rules Governing Positive Support Strategies, Person-Centered Planning, Limits on Use of Restrictive Interventions and Emergency Use of Manual Restraint, and Repeal of Rules Governing Aversive and Deprivation Procedures. The hearing will be in the second floor conference rooms designated 2370 and 2380, Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155. Click here for more information.

Feb
19

Team up for AuSM!

SOH grayscale 75-0-100-0 NoDate RSteps of Hope is just a little more than a week away! Are you registered to walk with the Minnesota autism community?
We look forward to walking with you in 2015 at Southdale Center in Edina on Sunday, March 1 from 8-11 a.m.! Team up to raise money for autism programs and services in our community, visit with sponsors, gather information at the state's largest autism resource fair, and have FUN. Register today, fundraise, and join us for this great event with the Minnesota autism community!

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Feb
19

Dojo Karate ice fishing fundraiser for AuSM

DojoFish2015Join fishing pros for this exciting ice fishing tournament on Buffalo Lake in Wright County, Minn. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 22. Fishing equipment will be provided, but bring your own chair or bucket. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available. The entry fee is $10. All proceeds will be donated to AuSM. Click here for more information.

Feb
13

Autism conference keynote speakers announced

2015conflogowebThe 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will be held April 29-May 2, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hilton by Minneapolis Park Place Hotel in Minneapolis. Here, speakers, educators, therapists, psychologists, employers, paraprofessionals, caregivers, parents and individuals on the autism spectrum have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those touched by autism. Keynote speakers will include:

James Coplan, M.D. is an internationally recognized clinician, author, and public speaker in the fields of early child development, early language development and autistic spectrum disorders. 

Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D. is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in inclusive education, special education, general education, educational leadership, and human services. Dr. Schwarz is co-author of four books: From Disability to Possibility, You’re Welcome, Just Give Him the Whale and Pedro’s Whale. His new book is From Possibility to Success.

John Miller is the author of Decoding Dating, A Guide to the Unwritten Social Rules of Dating for Men with Asperger Syndrome, a book that offers individuals with autism practical guidance on the more baffling aspects of dating.

Kari Dunn Buron, MS is an Autism Education Specialist who taught in the K-12 public school system, working with students on the autism spectrum for more than 30 years. Dunn Buron has authored many books and is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale.

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Feb
12

CTC and MIA expand summer program options

CTClogoChildren’s Theatre Company and AuSM are partnering to offer a series of interactive family workshops modeling art-based strategies to engage your whole family. Specially designed for parents and/or caregivers with a child or children ages 3-5 with autism and their siblings, each workshop will explore theater activities that facilitate self-expression, creativity and imagination-play. Click here for more information and to register.

miahorizontalThe Minneapolis Institute of Arts and AuSM are proud to present two new July social skills camps for young artists with autism - AuSM Artists. Be inspired by famous artists and get creative using different mediums while practicing social skills, enjoying the museum and making friends. Click here for more information and to register.

Both of these new summer programs are made possible by grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

Feb
10

Autism organizations collaborate on pilot to improve post-high school outcomes

iStock 000014432495SmallAuSM, Autism Works, and Lionsgate Academy are jointly piloting a post-secondary navigation project to help high school-aged youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other learning differences create and implement a “roadmap” for life after graduation through a grant from Minnesota universities and colleges. The goal of the program is to increase the number of youth with autism who successfully transition from high school into post-secondary education or employment.

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Feb
09

Age-specific autism classes held at AuSM

childhoodAuSM's Life with Autism series offers information and strategies to parents, family members, relatives and caregivers of indiviuals with autism through hope-filled, engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Winter and Spring session registration is open now; AuSM members receive discounted rates. Click on the below links for more information and to register today.

Spring Sessions
Life with Autism: Adults - April 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Life with Autism: Newly Diagnosed (Session 1, ages 18 mos.-5 yrs.) - May 9, 16, 30 and June 6 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Life with Autism: Newly Diagnosed (Session 2, ages 6-10 yrs.) - May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6:30-9 p.m.

Feb
09

Thanks, Hip Hop 4 Autism!

kidsonstagewebHipHop4Autism, held at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul last night was a huge success. Many turned out to watch local artists bring their works to life and rappers invited participating children with autism to join them on stage for recognition and celebration. Thanks for a great night, SP Style Productions Studio, organizers, volunteers and participants!

Feb
06

Monkeys head for Duluth in April and Rochester in July

NewMMPlogoZ Puppets Rosenschnoz and AuSM are taking the FREE Monkey Mind Pirate mindfulness workshops around Minnesota this spring and summer. During the April Spring Break, participate in the workshop for families with autism in Duluth. In July, participate in Rochester. Registration for both cities is open now - register today to ensure a spot for your family and get prepared to bring on the calm! Click here for more information.

Treat your family to the Monkey Mind Pirates/Z Puppets Twin Cities show featuring award-winning, catchy, original songs, the lovable Monkey Mind Pirates puppets, and families currently participating in the Twin Cities workshops. The show will take place on March 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Children's Theatre Company (Cargill Stage). Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets.

Feb
06

Gabriel's Gift registered for Steps of Hope today

GabrielsGiftwebRegister today to join Team Gabriel's Gift for the Steps of Hope 2015 family fun walk on March 1 at Southdale Center. This team is inspired to participate in the walk because of a smart, hardworking, Angry Birds-loving little boy named Gabriel.Throughout the last three years, Gabriel (and his Steps of Hope team) have been through a lot, experiencing many emotions, many situations, many triumphs, and many struggles. Gabriel has made progress and showed everyone that there is no limit to his potential. The team is grateful for the many services and supports they have access to, for the people who have come into their lives, and for the perfect boy who inspires them and makes them smile every day. Read about what inspires other teams to walk, register your team, fundraise for the Minnesota autism community, and walk with Gabriel's Gift and AuSM on March 1!

Feb
03

Skillshop tonight at Fraser

iStock 000014432495SmallJoin us tonight for an AuSM Skillshop, Understanding the Anxiety Curve, instructed by Mitzi Curtis, MA, from 7-9 p.m. at Fraser in Eden Prairie. Learn how to use the Anxiety Curve to assist individuals with autism in understanding and managing their emotional responses. Click here for more information. Online registration is closed. Walk-in registrants are welcome, space permitting.

Feb
03

Izzy's Ice Cream for AuSM

AuSMsupportatIzzysThanks to the Minnesota autism community supporters who visited the Twin Cities Izzy's Ice Cream locations yesterday to have a sweet treat. Izzy's will donate $2 to AuSM for every purchase of ice cream in a cake cone, a sugar cone or in a bowl. This little friend of AuSM tolerated the cold outside and was happy to have a scoop in support of AuSM inside. Cheers, friends, and thank you for hosting this special day for AuSM, Izzy's!

IzzyicecreamIzzy's generosity continues... On Feb. 12, Izzy's owners will host a movie and ice cream night at the Riverview Theater. With a $10 ticket in advance ($13 at the door), movie goers will receive a free pint after the movie, are able to participate in a silent auction, and will leave knowing that 100% of the proceeds will be distributed among the organizations participating in Izzy's 13 Days of Giving. Click here for more information.

Feb
02

It's Izzy's Ice Cream Day!

IzzyicecreamAuSM is partnering with Izzy's Ice Cream for their 13 Days of Giving program. Today, Feb. 2, 2015, Izzy's Ice Cream will donate $2 to AuSM for every purchase of ice cream in a cake cone, a sugar cone or in a bowl. Please visit one of the two Izzy's Ice Cream Twin Cities locations today and support AuSM's mission of enhancing the lives of of those in our local autism community! Click here for more information.

Feb
02

AuSM peace officer training approved for CEUs

eplogo2014webThe Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training has approved the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) emergency preparedness training classes for Continuing Education Credit (CEU) for peace officers. 

“With a diagnosis rate of one in 68, autism is the fastest growing disability in our state. Everyone knows someone who is touched by autism,” Dawn Brasch, AuSM Education and Training Specialist said. “Educating peace officers about autism not only ensures the safety of individuals with autism, but also the safety of officers and the community as a whole.”

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Feb
27

Walk with the Minnesota autism community Sunday

SOH14TMwebSteps of Hope 2014 is almost here! Online registration is closed, but don't let that stop you from participating in AuSM's biggest fundraiser of the year! Walk-in registrations are welcome on Sunday, March 2 at Ridgedale Center. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Come meet your AuSM staff and pick up some great info about autism programs and services from more than 60 resource tables, get a fun hairdo, choose a colorful face painting design, enjoy refreshments and yummy snacks, take in the stage show, and much more. This is a must-be-there day for the Minnesota autism community! Team Up for Autism! Click here for your Steps of Hope 2014 Adventure Guide.

Feb
26

Congrats, Steps of Hope SUPER prize winners

Congratulations to our Steps of Hope registrants who were selected in the drawing for the SUPER incentive prizes listed below. We'll see you on Sunday at Ridgedale Center!

  • Brandon Quade - $50 Big Bowl Gift Card
  • Rosemary Day - KFAN Prize Pack
  • Alex Bodie - KFAN Prize Pack
  • Lenore Porter - KFAN Prize Pack
  • Jonathan Thompson - PANDORA Bracelet
  • Jillian Nelson - Microsoft Experience
  • Stella Villarreal - Microsoft Experience

Online Registration for Steps of Hope 2014 closes at noon on Feb. 27. Click here to get in your last minute registration or to donate to one (or more!) of our inspiring teams. Walk-in registrants are welcome to join us on Sunday, March 2. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. We look forward to walking with you and the Minnesota autism community!

Feb
25

Ready to rock Ridgedale

RidgedaleSignwebRidgedale Center is getting ready to welcome the Minnesota autism community this Sunday. Steps of Hope signs decorate all major traffic areas throughout the mall, and fundraising by our teams has been kicked into high gear. Get your walking shoes ready! Haven't registered yet? No problem - click here to Team Up for Autism today. Ready to plan for a morning of fun? Click here for your Steps of Hope 2014 Adventure Guide. Let's reach our goal of $88,000 for the 1 in 88, and then we'll all jump for joy at our Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park party!

Feb
24

Two more days to register and win SUPER prizes

SOH14TMwebRegister to walk at Steps of Hope 2014 by Feb. 25 and you'll be entered into a drawing for our exciting SUPER prizes including:

  • Microsoft Store Youth Experience Package at the Mall of America! The experience for 20 will include a technology scavenger hunt, a game design workshop or an Xbox Kinect Competition facilitated by staff on the store's giant display screen. All participants will go home with a gift, too!
  • Pandora Essence Collection Bracelet from Ridgedale Pandora.
  • KFAN Prize Pack for the ultimate fans!

Don't forget - we're all winners! When we reach our goal of $88,000, we will jump for joy at a FREE party at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Plymouth! Click here to view a list of teams, dollars raised to date and fun fundraising ideas!

Click here to register for Steps of Hope today!

Feb
20

AuSM offers spring classes with Leonardo's Basement

LBwebGet ready to unleash your creativity and build, build, build! AuSM is pleased to partner with Leonardo’s Basement to offer two social skills programs this March and April for youth with autism: Lego Robotics and Minecraft. Click here for more information and to register today.

Feb
20

Hip Hop 4 Autism an awesome event

A sincere thanks to Matthew and everyone from SP Style Productions for a successful Hip Hop 4 Autism on Feb. 16. The music-filled evening brought in $1000 for AuSM programs and services. Thank you!

Feb
19

And the winners are ...

SOH14TMwebCongratulations to the following Steps of Hope registrants who were selected in the drawing for the incentive prizes listed below. We can't wait to walk with you on March 2!

  • Lindsay Swehla - Free night stay at the Sheraton Minneapolis West on 3/1/14
  • Carlee Brom - Breakfast for two at the Sheraton Minneapolis West on 3/2/14
  • Jamee Cameron - $50 gift card for Bar Louie in Ridgedale Center
  • Kerri Shay - $25 gift card for J.Jill
  • Mary Borst - 2 Minnesota Zoo Admission Passes and Parking Pass
  • Natasha Strom - 2 Minnesota Zoo Admission Passes and Parking Pass
  • Jack Carlson - 5 Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Passes
  • Susan Johnsen - 5 Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Passes
  • Kim Julkowski - 5 Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Passes
  • Xochitl Torres - 5 Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Passes
  • Andrea Springer - 5 Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Passes
  • Luke Schneider - 4 Pack of Tickets for Shrek the Musical at the Children's Theatre
  • Jim Carlson - 4 Pack of Tickets for Shrek the Musical at the Children's Theatre
  • Cory Cellotti - Special Olympics Minnesota T-Shirt
  • Shelby Dack - Special Olympics Minnesota T-Shirt
Feb
16

Families put on a fantastic show at the Children's Theatre

stagewebCongratulations to the families who performed Monkey Mind Pirates at the Children's Theatre Company on Feb. 15. After six weeks of rehearsal, several families with autism shined on stage during the sensory-friendly performance. This event was organized by The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz and AuSM.

Feb
13

Camp Hand In Hand expands age options

ausm camp logo WEBSession 3 of Camp Hand In Hand has expanded its age eligibility to accommodate additional campers this summer. Session 3, running Aug. 17-22 at Camp Knutson in Crosslake, Minn., is now open to boys ages 9-13 and girls ages 9-18.

AuSM Camps are filling quickly; AuSM encourages you to register soon to secure a spot at the camp that best fits the needs of your camper. Click here for more information and to register.

Feb
12

Blake collects books for AuSM Camps

blakebookswebAuSM thanks Blake School for holding a special service project for AuSM Camps. Students collected six large boxes of books for use at camp, including historical biographies, books about countries and cultures, nature, crafts and much more. Thank you for your generosity, Blake students and families!

To learn more about AuSM Summer Camps, click here.

Feb
10

Taking it to the streets

SOHbillboardoutsidewebAuSM is spreading the word about Steps of Hope by reaching out to the community through a special billboard posted at Randolph and Fairview in St. Paul. Have you registered for Steps of Hope 2014 yet? Sign up by Feb. 25 to be entered into a drawing for some exciting SUPER prizes! Click here for more information.

Feb
28

Join us for Steps of Hope

StepsofHopeLogoAre you ready for Steps of Hope on March 3? There are many different ways to Step it Up for Autism. Remember, all of your support benefits Minnesota families living with autism!

 Set up an AuSM Steps of Hope online fundraising team, powered by GiveMN.org.

Show your support for a friend or neighbor by contributing to a Steps of Hope team. Read stories of families and individuals living with autism in Minnesota. 

Join us at the walk on March 3 at Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka – no fundraising necessary. Find autism resources, hear live music and meet other families. The fun starts at 9:30 a.m. We’re excited to see you! 

Can’t make it on March 3? You can still help make the day a success by sharing Steps of Hope information with your friends or contributing by clicking here

Learn more about Steps of Hope and AuSM by listening to this Cities 97 podcast.

Feb
28

Steps of Hope incentive prize winners

Congratulations to the top two online findraisers as of noon today! Steve Boland and Team Andres won a free night’s stay at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel on Saturday and two complimentary breakfasts on Sunday (with their total of $2,150!). Our second place online fundraiser, Carrie Albers and Eric's Golden Gophers, won two complimentary breakfasts at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel on Sunday (with a total of $1,480). Congratulations, teams!

The top overall fundraiser (online and in-person donations) as of noon on March 15 will win the Steps of Hope grand prize - a luxury package at the Classic Rosewood Inn bed and breakfast. Step it up for autism! 

Feb
26

Temple Grandin to speak at annual autism conference

Temple1webOn April 24 during the 18th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference, Dr. Grandin, one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism, will deliver a keynote presentation: Autism and My Sensory-Based World. Preview copies of Grandin's new book, “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum”, will be available, and Grandin will sign books following her presentation. Click here for more details about the April conference.

Feb
22

It's AuSM in the KARE 11 Backyard

KAREweb2013Lisa Sieben, AuSM's Steps of Hope coordinator, and a crew of little friends visited with Belinda Jensen in KARE 11's Backyard. In addition to debuting one of the AuSM Steps of Hope 2013 T-shirt designs, Sieben encouraged viewers to support the local autism community by participating in Steps of Hope on March 3 at Ridgedale Center. Watch the segment here. 

Feb
18

Holla, Station 4 and SP Style!

hiphop2013AuSM sends a shout out to Station 4, SP Style and all of the talented performers for putting on Hip Hop 4 Autism on Sunday, Feb. 17. Proceeds from this live show will benefit the Minnesota autism community by funding AuSM's programs and services. Thank you Station 4, SP Style and all of those who came out to have fun in support of autism last night!

Feb
08

Jill Kuzma presents to sold out workshop audience

kuzma3webThank you to the educators and professionals participating in Jill Kuzma's Facing the Frontal Lobe workshop today at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport - Mall of America. A sold out crowd of more than 200 participants gathered, eager to learn strategies to support executive function skills in students with planning, organization, emotion control, working memory and attention needs. Participants also are taking advantage of visiting the AuSM Bookstore and meeting children's book author, Julia Cook.

AuSM's next education opportunity is the 18th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 24-27. Click here for more information.

Feb
08

Steps of Hope incentive prize winner #1; next incentive even bigger!

Congratulations to Steve Boland and Team Andres for being the top Steps of Hope 2013 online fundraiser as of noon on Feb. 7. Their fantastic total of $1115 earned a super-soft, fleece puzzle piece blanket hand-crafted with care by Spectrum High School students.

The next incentive prize is a Celebrate Family Package: an AuSM Household Membership and a Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park pizza party for 10. This special package will be awarded to the top online fundraiser as of noon on Feb. 21. Reach out to your networks - a donation would make a fantastic Valentine's Day gift! All donations go back to the local community to support programs and services for individuals with autism. Click here to learn how you can Step it up for autism!

Feb
03

Help build an autism library in Africa

StepsofHopeLogoNew to Steps of Hope this year, AuSM will accept new or gently used autism books to help build an autism library for parents with children on the spectrum who have little or no resources in Ghana, Africa. All donated books will be mailed to the Rural Integrated Relief Service in Ghana. Become a sponsor and donate funds to ship the boxes of books. If you're not able to come to Steps of Hope on March 3 at Ridgedale Center, you may donate autism books at AuSM's office by March 1.