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  • AuSM Mission

    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.
  • Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017

    Join the Minnesota autism community for the state’s most powerful fundraising walk for autism featuring a colossal autism resource fair and the new AuSM Flash Dash! March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. at Southdale Center. Register today!

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  • 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference

    The Autism Society of Minnesota invites 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.

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  • AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services

    The AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services team works in partnership with you to develop a plan based on your needs.

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  • Social Skills Classes

    AuSM social skills classes foster confidence and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends and have fun.

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  • Training Tailored for Organizations and Businesses

    AuSM provides a variety of continuing education options for parents, caregivers, educators, direct support staff, business professionals, organizations, individuals with autism, and the community. Experienced educators present on topics that align with your interests and serve to enhance your life.

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  • Uniting the Community Events

    In partnership with area businesses and organizations, AuSM is pleased to offer monthly opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments.

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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.

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.

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.

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!

 

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!

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..

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.

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.

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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Coalition to Lower MA-TEFRA Fees

MNStateCapitolNov. 2, 2016

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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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.