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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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Apr
29

22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference a great success

GroupwebThe 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference came to a close this afternoon after four days of learning, networking, story-telling, and information sharing. A record-breaking crowd enjoyed keynote presentations from Steve Silberman, Dr. Temple Grandin, Kerry Magro, and Chris Ulmer; 32 breakout sessions on important autism topics; visiting the AuSM Bookstore and exhibitors; and so much more. We are grateful to our sponsors, volunteers, speakers, and staff who worked so hard to support organizing this important event for our community. And we are grateful to all who participated.

Apr
04

Thursday of state autism conference is sold out

16 03 28 MN Autism Conf v4Thursday, April 27 of the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is SOLD OUT as of today, April 4. We are no longer accepting Thursday full day or full conference registrations. Registrations are being accepted for Steve Silberman’s keynote on April 26, Kerry Magro’s keynote on April 27, Chris Ulmer’s keynote on April 28, Friday all day, and Saturday morning. Temple Grandin’s keynote presentation on April 27 also is SOLD OUT as of March 29. Thank you for your excitement for this year’s conference. We look forward to seeing you at the other information-packed conference sessions April 26-29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place. Click here for more information and to register for the conference.

Apr
02

AuSM celebrates you in April

GirlBalloonsThe time for awareness, acceptance, and appreciation is now. On this World Autism Awareness Day, know that you are valuable. You are loved.

Apr
14

Special Educators Employment First Summit

Twelve metro area school districts (100 participants) attended the Employment First Summit event at the Minnesota Department of Education on April 11. The event was sponsored by the Employment First Coalition of which the AuSM is a member. A portion of AuSM's Bush Foundation Community Innovations Grant was used to host this event. Additional funding from the grant will be used over the next year to support this 12 school district learning community in their efforts to improve employment outcomes.    

Participants received information about the Minnesota Olmstead Plan, State & National Employment Trends for Youth with Disabilities, Disability Benefits (DB 101)/Disability Linkage Line, Person Centered Employment Strategies, and Family Engagement. Schools left with an action plan to implement in their school districts.

Apr
07

Safe and Supportive MN Schools Act passed by Senate

On April 3, 2014 the MN Senate passed the anti-bullying bill, known as the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act. The House of Representatives, which passed a similar bill in 2013, will now have the opportunity to vote to accept the Senate's version, or to take the bill to a Conference Committee, where they will craft a new version that is acceptable to both houses of the legislature. Governor Dayton has indicated that he will sign the bill. If you would like to encourage your representative to support the Senate's version of the bill, and move it on to the Governor for signing into law, click here to find out how to contact your elected representative.

Apr
30

Thank you, conference and gala participants

The 21st Annual Minnesota Autism Conference was a great success, providing 35 expert-led sessions, exhibitors featuring products and services for the autism community, the AuSM Bookstore, and opportunity for our community to come together to share stories, strategies, and camaraderie. Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, AuSM's second annual gala held on April 29 provided time for fun and entertainment. Thank you to sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, speakers, and participants for making the conference and gala experiences informative and rewarding.

Apr
01

"Autism Cop" St. Paul Police Dept Officer of the Year

ZinkAward2016The St. Paul Police Department honored Officer Zink as the Officer of the Year during an awards ceremony yesterday. Officer Zink began the C.A.R.E. (Cop Autism Response Education) program and is dedicated to creating positive police interaction experiences for individuals with autism and their families. If you'd like to meet Officer Zink in person, join us for the CARE Carnival in St. Paul on April 19. Congratulations for this well-deserved honor, Officer Zink!

Apr
01

Autism Awareness 2016

ribbonApril is Autism Awareness Month. At AuSM though, every day is for autism awareness, acceptance, and inclusion. Every person in our community is unique, amazing, and needed. The world is a better place because YOU are in it!

Apr
29

State autism conference begins today at DoubleTree

2015conflogowebThe 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference begins with this evening's keynote presentation by James Coplan, MD at 7 p.m. The conference will continue with a keynote presentations by Patrick Schwarz, PhD, John Miller, and Kari Dunn Buron, MS; dozens of breakout sessions on cutting-edge topics; autism-focused exhibitors, networking opportunities, and AuSM's inaugural gala, Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, on May 1.

Online registration is closed, but walk-in registrants for the conference are welcome. The gala is sold out. Click here for more conference information.

Apr
27

Design technology camp offered August 3-9

islands.logoAuSM is proud to partner with the creators of Islands of Brilliance to offer a unique design technology-based social skills summer camp to youth with autism Aug. 3-9. Classes are designed to engage students and assist with focus and socialization, while providing them with a sense of accomplishment through the completion of a creative project. Camp participants will be paired one-to-one with professional designers. Click here for more information and to register.

Apr
24

Step of Hope grants fund autism projects

SOH grayscale 75-0-100-0 NoDate RIn 2003, AuSM’s Board of Directors created a support grant program with a portion of the proceeds from the Steps of Hope fundraising walk. It was the directors’ intent to broaden AuSM’s ability to meet the needs of individuals or organizations supporting people with autism. The goal of these grants is to stimulate creativity, encourage successful programming and expand opportunities for children and adults with ASD across multiple settings for many years to come.

2015 Steps of Hope Support Grant applications for projects supporting individuals with ASD are due July 1. Click here for more information and to download the 2015 application form.

Apr
23

Spend May 17 with AuSM and the Minnesota Twins

twinslogoIt's Autism Awareness Day with the Minnesota Twins! Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins and AuSM have teamed up to offer discounted tickets to the May 17 Twins game against the Tampa Bay Rays! Join us to cheer on the Twins with your family and friends and enjoy all that Target Field has to offer. Grandstand or Home Run Porch View seats are $16. $3 per ticket will be donated to AuSM. Ticket holders also will be invited to participate in an on-field parade before the game. Click here for information on ordering your tickets today!

Apr
17

Final day for early registration rate for state autism conference

confbroch15coverimageToday is the last day to get the discounted registraton rate for the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. Click here to register today and save up to $25 per day.

Need help with conference session planning? Click on the links below for a suggested schedule based on what you'd like to obtain during this milestone year of conference.

Educators
Therapy Professionals
Parents and Caregivers
Transition-Age Individuals and Adults with Autism

Apr
14

Thanks, CommVault!

RandyDeMenochecktoAuSMwebAuSM is grateful to Randy DeMemo and CommVault Systems​ for supporting AuSM and the Hendrickson Foundation through the fourth annual Hockey Helping Kids event held at the Excel Energy Center earlier this month. Special thanks to sponsors, including Microsoft​ and RBA Consulting​, volunteers, and event supporters for the evening of socializing and having fun with raffles, prizes, and auctions.

Apr
10

Find mindfulness and calm in Duluth tomorrow

ZPuppetsGuywebJoin AuSM and Z Puppets Rosenschnoz for the sensory-friendly performance of the Monkey Mind Pirates tomorrow, April 11 at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. Come at 10 a.m. to enjoy a family "happy hour" with crafts and mindfulness activities for the kids. Online ticket sales are closed, but tickets will be available at the door for $7.50 each. Click here for more information.

Apr
10

Community inspirations to be honored at May 1 gala

winecheers2webJoin AuSM for Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, an exciting evening bringing the community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, a silent auction and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. During the gala program, emceed by K102's Mike Mussman "Muss", AuSM will recognize the following individuals who have inspired and supported Minnesota's autism community while going above and beyond in the areas of leadership, education, advocacy, volunteerism and community: Mary Powell, Phil Sievers, Colleen Wieck, Anne Dudley and Ronnie Sprigler.

The gala will be held May 1 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place hotel during the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. All gala proceeds will benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community. The gala is SOLD OUT. We look forward to celebrating with you on May 1!

Apr
08

Join us for the Celebrate AuSM Inspirations gala

celebratelogoIn celebration of the Minnesota autism community, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) will host its inaugural gala, Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, on May 1 from 6-10 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place hotel in St. Louis Park. Held during the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference, the gala will bring the community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, a silent auction and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. 

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Apr
07

Monkey Mind Pirates play in Duluth this weekend

ZPuppetsGuywebAuSM and Z Puppets Rosenschnoz are partnering to offer a performance of the Monkey Mind Pirates on April 11 at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. Sail along with Captain Fitz as he sets out for the Legendary Island of Calm. When the unruly Monkey Mind Pirates hijack his ship with anxiety, depression and distraction, the Captain goes overboard where learns to change his “Arghs” into “Oms” and tame the Monkey Mind Pirates. Come an hour early to enjoy a family "happy hour" with crafts and mindfulness activities for the kids. Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets today!

Apr
30

Garrison Keillor kicks off the autism conference

GKphotowebMinnesota's iconic Garrison Keillor is opening the 19th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference this evening with his keynote presentation, A Storyteller's Chat About Fatherhood. Join us in Minneapolis for the next few days as we share information, network with peers and provide resources for the Minnesota autism community. Click for more information.

Apr
29

AuSM executive director extends invite to conference

JonahWCCO2014AuSM's Executive Director Jonah Weinberg discussed the 19th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference this morning on WCCO-TV. Click here to watch the segment. 

The excitement is building! Tune in to KSTP's morning news at 7 a.m. tomorrow as Jonah shares more details about the annual conference. To learn more about this huge event for the Minnesota autism community, click here.Walk-in registrants are welcome at Garrison Keillor's opening keynote presentation at 7 p.m. tomorrow and throughout the conference days.

Apr
28

It's conference week!

14conflogowebAn event for parents, caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, organizations, agencies and individuals with autism, the 19th annual conference begins with Garrison Keillor's opening keynote presentation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at the Doubletree Hilton Minneapolis Park Place. The conference continues with topic-focused sessions Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Click here for more information. Online registration is closed, but walk-in registrants are welcome, space permitting.

Apr
23

AuSM takes social skills to Duluth this August

GLAscreenshotlogoAuSM Social Skills programming ventures north for an exciting August offering: AuSM Animal Care Camp at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. Encounter snakes, turtles, macaws, otters, frogs, salamanders, birds and more while developing social skills useful in everyday life. Feed the fish in the Lake Superior Tank, learn about animal habitats, and go behind the scenes with Great Lakes Aquarium experts for an up-close look at caring for the aquarium's inhabitants. Click here for more information and to register.

Apr
20

Hoppy day from AuSM

bunnyEnjoy the spring weather, sunshine and time with your friends and family today. Take the time to hug those people who make a difference in your life!

And, don't forget to get your hop on this week at the Oakdale and Plymouth Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park locations as we Jump for Joy in celebration of Steps of Hope 2014 and the Minnesota autism community on Tuesday, April 22. AuSM and Sky Zone invite those who walked with us at Steps of Hope on March 2 to join us for night of jumping from 4-7 p.m. Participants who wear their Steps of Hope 2014 teal shirts or yellow volunteer shirts will be admitted to jump for free. Click here for more information.

Apr
07

Register for conference by April 10 and save

14conflogowebSave $25 per day of conference when you register for the 19th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference by Thursday, April 10. The conference, held April 30-May 3, will include:

Garrison Keillor - Keynote Presentation * Dr. Lori Ernsperger - Education Full-Day Track: 6 Critical Elements for Teaching Individuals with ASD * Therapy and Clients with Autism Full-Day Track * Autism and the Legal System - Keynote Presentation * L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan - Keynote Presentation: Meeting Common Core Standards and Building Literacy Skills in Students with ASD * Wide Variety of Paper Presentations * Autism Resource Tables * Saturday Half-Day Track Focused on Autism Transition, Employment and Life Skills

Click here for more information and to get the best rate by registering today.

Apr
04

Autism Awareness Month

AwarenessMonthlogowebAuSM invites you to see who is partnering with us in April to raise awareness about autism. Click here for more information. Acknowledge Autism Awareness Month by making a donation in support of the programs and services AuSM provides to the Minnesota autism community. All dollars donated to AuSM enhance the lives of families and individuals touched by autism in Minnesota. Click here to donate.

Apr
02

Celebrate AuSM on World Autism Awareness Day

WorldAADay2014webAcknowledge World Autism Awareness Day by making a donation in support of the programs and services AuSM provides to the Minnesota autism community. All dollars donated to AuSM enhance the lives of families and individuals touched by autism in Minnesota. Click here to donate.

Apr
02

Participate in AuSM ASD Certification Training

AuSM ASD CertTraining p10A limited number of openings are available for an AuSM ASD Certification Training course at Goodwill Headquarters in St. Paul beginning in May. Designed for professionals who work with individuals with autism, AuSM ASD Certification Training is an intensive five-session course that gives participants an in-depth understanding of how to support individuals with autism. Click here for more information.

Apr
01

Kick off Autism Awareness Month by registering for the state autism conference

14conflogowebThe 19th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference on April 30-May 3 will fit your needs with features including:

  • Garrison Keillor - Keynote Presentation
  • Dr. Lori Ernsperger - Education Full-Day Track: 6 Critical Elements for Teaching Individuals with ASD
  • Therapy and Clients with Autism Full-Day Track
  • Autism and the Legal System - Keynote Presentation
  • L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan - Keynote Presentation: Meeting Common Core Standards and Building Literacy Skills in Students with ASD
  • Wide Variety of Paper Presentations
  • Autism Resource Tables
  • Saturday Half-Day Track Focused on Autism Transition, Employment and Life Skills

Click here for more information and to register today.

Apr
30

Autism: You Have a Voice conference a success

ausm conference logo final p5A sincere thank you to the many volunteers, speakers, exhibitors, advertisers, sponsors and participants who joined us for the 18th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference last week. More than 1,000 parents, educators, professionals and individuals with autism came together at the DoubleTree Park Place in Minneapolis to gather resources, talk with exhibitors, and learn from more than 30 speakers during presentations on cutting-edge topics. Click here for more information and to view photos from the conference.

Apr
25

Temple Grandin presents to sold out crowd

TemplekeynotewebA crowd of more than 700 gathered at the DoubleTree Park Place hotel in Minneapolis to hear Temple Grandin speak tonight. She shared and explained images of her brain scans. Dr. Grandin also offered her perspective on helping children with autism explore the world.

"Too many kids with autism are getting fixated on autism. Autism is an important part of who I am, but it's secondary to my career stuff," she said.

Dr. Grandin noted that kids need to get out and learn work skills.

"Figure out the informal economy," she said. "Have your child learn how to do things by working with people you know." 

Apr
22

Wild for AuSM

JakeNateWildSome of our AuSM kids enjoyed the hockey game last night from a suite donated by Minnesota Wild's Pierre-Marc Bouchard. AuSM thanks the Minnesota Wild the privilege of being its April Charity of the Month.

Apr
15

Jonah Weinberg is new Executive Director of AuSM

Weinberg cropPhotowebAuSM is pleased to announce that Jonah Weinberg will be the organization’s new Executive Director effective April 15, 2013.

Weinberg brings nearly two decades of non-profit and public sector leadership experience with organizations across the United States and internationally, with a focus on education, advocacy, and organizational excellence. He comes to Minneapolis from Cleveland, where he served as Executive Director for two of non-profit organizations serving the region’s Latino community. He also has worked with a broad range of organizations focused on serving people with physical, mental, and behavioral challenges.

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Apr
04

Mark Coppin creates iTunes U course on apps for autism

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Mark Coppin created an iTunes U course called "Apps for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders". This free course assists in determining what app features to look for when selecting apps. The course is best viewed using the free iTunes U app (click here to download). After downloading the iTunes U app, open the app and tap on "catalog". Scroll down the page, tap on "enroll" and enter this code: HF5-4R8-HZE. You also can  enroll in this course through iTunes U by clicking here

Apr
03

Camp Wahode expands age eligibility

ausm camp logo WEBSession 1 (June 24-28) and Session 2 (July 22-26) of Camp Wahode are expanding to welcome children with autism from ages 6-12. Previously the camp was open to boys and girls ages 6-10, but now is open to 11 and 12 year olds as well so more children have the opportunity to participate in this exciting day camp. Click here for more information.