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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.
  • 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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  • Oh, the AuSM Places We'll Go! 2017 Gala

    AuSM's third annual gala celebration will take place from 6-10 p.m. on April 28, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place and will feature an exciting evening of fantastic food, drinks, games of chance and mystery, and a silent auction. We also will celebrate individuals in our community who serve as true inspirations to people affected by autism.

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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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Chris Ulmer to present at state autism conference

ChrisUlmerwebAuSM is pleased to announce Chris Ulmer, special education teacher, motivational speaker, and founder of Special Books by Special Kids, will be the Friday, April 28, 2017 keynote presenter at the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. Ulmer completes the event's expert-packed keynote line-up that includes autism community icon Temple Grandin, PhD; Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes; and Kerry Magro, award-winning disability advocate. Click here for more information and to view conference pricing. Registration will open in early 2017.

Call for Papers
Want to be included as a speaker at this important conference? AuSM is accepting presentation proposals through Nov. 14. Click here for more information.

Chaska dog biscuit company employs adults with disabilities

AuSM members Angie Gamades and Kyle Gallus create employment opportunities for adults with autism and other learning differences.

FinleysBarkeryTeamwebA new business in Chaska, Minn. hopes to send the unemployment rate for people with disabilities straight to the dogs.

With a model that includes baking, bagging, and distributing all natural dog treats online and at events, Finley’s Barkery helps young adults with autism and other disabilities find employment, grow socially, and use their talents to contribute.

Finley’s Barkery co-founders Angie Gamades and Kyle Gallus created this business model because they believe in investing in human potential. “We want to make the community aware of the incredible capabilities of our employees,” Gamades said.

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Let's Play Unified fun for families, officers

PlayUnified2016photoThank you to the Minneapolis Police Department and Special Olympics Minnesota for a fantastic fall fun day. Let's Play Unified, held at the Police Special Operations Center yesterday, allowed families affected by autism to meet, build relationships with local emergency responders, try a new sport with Special Olympics Minnesota, and access resources from AuSM. 

Visit AuSM's Uniting the Community Events page to find more fun activities to participate in over the coming months, including Skatesville's sensory friendly skating, Second Saturday's at TPT, the AuSM Pumpkin Patch Trolley, and more.

AuSM hires two new therapists

AmyCarrisonwebJenCroppedwebIn order to meet demand for counseling services, AuSM is pleased to announce an expansion of its AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services (ACCS) team.

“Nearly every day we hear from families and individuals who are looking for a mental health professionals who understand autism,” AuSM executive director Jonah Weinberg said. “While there are quite a few providers who are experienced working with younger children, many are at a loss when it comes to working with adolescents and adults.”

The demand for diagnosis, testing, and counseling services has grown significantly in recent years. Weinberg said AuSM is responding to this need by hiring additional mental health providers.

“We’ve recently added two qualified, dedicated therapists who make it possible for us to serve more clients and offer new services, while maintaining the levels of care and compassion for which AuSM therapists have set the standard.”

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Pokemon Go: making the community and social interaction accessible

pokemon go logoBattling Blastoise for control. Running to capture Dragonite. Going a distance to evolve a Pidgey. All of these actions are motivation to get off the couch and out of the house.

For some individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the thrill of the Pokemon Go chase and the rewards of character collection and evolution are perfect incentives for getting out of their comfort zone.

Pokemon Go, a virtual reality game that lets players use their smart phones to capture Pokemon and battle for gyms in real world spaces, requires players to leave the house, walk long distances, and explore their communities. The game often puts players in contact with other players searching for the same PokeStops, Pokemon, and Gyms.

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