Carrie 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.
AuSM friends at Joey's Ride have been busily planning the exciting 9th annual 2017 ride and a March taco feed at Tin Cup's in St. Paul. The March 25 Taco Feed for Autism will include special $2 deep fried tacos, raffles, and games. The feed is open to all families and individuals who want to support the Minnesota autism community. Joey's Ride will take place on May 6, 2017. Registration opens at 9 a.m. at Indian Motorcycle of the Twin Cities MN and will include a fun ride followed by a celebration at Tav on the Ave in St. Paul. Click here for more information and to register for Joey's Ride 2017. All proceeds from the taco feed and ride will support AuSM's programs and services by those affected by autism in Minnesota.
Summer activities abound – swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, geocaching, science, filmmaking, horseback riding, music, yoga, theater, bonfires, and more. Everyone deserves the chance to take advantage of all summer has to offer. AuSM Social Skills classes and AuSM Camps provide these opportunities – each one tailored to give youth and adults with autism a fun, safe, and exciting experience while they increase self-esteem, expand knowledge, and build friendships that last a lifetime. AuSM also welcomes individuals with other learning differences who can benefit from skills including sensory integration, executive functioning, theory of mind, selfregulation, and emotional regulation. Explore the 2017 AuSM Summer Activities catalog and discover ideas for summer adventure. Registration for AuSM Camps and AuSM Social Skills Classes opens today.