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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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AuSM is your Minnesota autism community resource in 2017

Happy New Year 2017During these days of busy festivities, altered schedules, and hopefully a few quiet evenings, AuSM board and staff want to take a moment to wish you a Happy New Year. In observance of the holiday, AuSM's office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. We look forward to continuing to be your autism information and programs resource in 2017.

Happy holidays from AuSM

ChristmasTreewebDuring these days of busy festivities, altered schedules, and hopefully a few quiet evenings, AuSM board and staff wish you an enjoyable holiday season. In observance of the holidays, AuSM's office will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 and Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. We look forward to continuing to be your autism information and programs resource in 2017.

AuSM, MLC, and UST offer sexuality workshop for caregivers, educators

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. Register on or before Feb. 3 to receive the best rate. Click here for more information and to register.

Winter social skills: zoo fun, improv, and talent begin in January

giraffeHoliday break is approaching quickly, and everyone is anticipating a few days away from the usual routine. Before the holiday busy-ness begins and the year ends, we invite you to register for our winter social skills classes that begin in January 2017, including Como Zoo Elementary (ages 8-12): Rainforest Adventures; ComedySportz Improv Skills (ages 14-26); and AuSM Talent Showcase (ages 10-26). Click here for more information and to register.

K102's Muss to rally the crowds during Steps of Hope 2017

MussSOH2017AuSM is pleased to announce that K102's Mike "Muss" Mussman will be our emcee at Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017, to be held March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. at Southdale Center in Edina. A self-proclaimed fan of AuSM and the Minnesota autism community, Muss is sure to rally the excitement and contribute to the fun on March 5 at Southdale Center! Registration for Steps of Hope 2017 and the AuSM Flash Dash is open. Click here for more information and to register today.

Learn about reducing aggression and resolving conflicts in the 2017

NewYearFreshStartImageOn Jan. 10, AuSM will present "Keeping Aggresson in Check", an AuSM Skillshop held at Merrick, Inc. that will help participants understand of why interfering behaviors are exhibited and obtain positive intervention strategies. Speaker Stephanie Bruyer also will teach participants about Functional Behavioral Assessments and how the outcome of assessments can lead to the most effective interventions. The AuSM Skillshop will take place from 7-9 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

During a conflict, tempers may flare, words can have hidden meanings, and body language often is confusing. In the Jan. 24 AuSM Skillshop presented by AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services therapist Beth Pitchford, MA, participants will learn the difference between a disagreement and a conflict and obtain helpful techniques for listening, reading body language, and using assertive communication to resolve conflicts. This AuSM Skillshop will be held at AuSM's office in St. Paul from 7-9 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Steps of Hope 2017 and AuSM Flash Dash registration is open

SOH logo2017Activate your inner superhero! AuSM will present Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota, its 17th annual family fun walk and the state's largest autism resource fair at Southdale Center on March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. Each participant is an autism hero, rallying for the 1 in 68 individuals living with autism in Minnesota. Registration to participate in Steps of Hope 2017 (including the autism resource fair) is free.

FlashDashAccra2017AuSM is pleased to announce that its inaugural AuSM Flash Dash presented by Accra will kick off Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017. Held from 9-9:15 a.m. on the first floor of Southdale Center, the AuSM Flash Dash is an all ages and abilities quick walk that will be done in a flash. Participants who register for the AuSM Flash Dash ($5 per person) will receive medals at the finish line and bragging rights for completion.

Steps of Hope dollars directly support local families and individuals living with autism, from birth through retirement. Donations stay in the community by funding AuSM's innovative programs and services. Those who pre-register and raise $100 or more will receive a free Steps of Hope 2017 T-shirt. Click here for more information and to register today!