We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 AuSM Educator Challenge:
Courtney Hess, Forest Lake Project Search–Fairview Lakes, Forest Lake Public Schools
Heather Jacobs, White Bear Lake Area High School, White Bear Lake School District
Mary Jensen, Leaf River Academy, Freshwater Education District
Angie Young, Stevens Elementary, Dawson-Boyd
Linda Wagner, Willow River Elementary, School District of Hudson, Wis.
Educators in Minnesota and surrounding states were invited to share strategies on how they encourage and motivate their students in the classroom. Winning teachers’ tips included incorporating “brain breaks”; relating to students by learning about students’ special interests; flexible seating options; incorporating a “refocusing zone”; and using optical illusions to show how our brain can sometimes trick us.
Temple Grandin’s keynote presentation on April 27 is SOLD OUT as of March 29. We are no longer accepting registrations for Dr. Grandin’s keynote presentation. Full conference and Thursday registrations purchased after March 29 will NOT include Dr. Grandin’s presentation, and registration fees have been reduced to reflect this fact. 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.
Due to an influx in registrations for the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 26-29, 2017, AuSM's block of hotel rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place was nearly sold out. AuSM wants to accommodate as many educators, parents, caregivers, direct support professionals, individuals with autism, and other professionals for this important Minnesota autism community event, so the hotel has increased the room block for each night of the conference. Please book your room soon if you're coming in from out of town and want to stay at the conference hotel. The additional rooms will be held in AuSM's conference block until April 4. Click here for more information and to register for the conference.
Exhibit space for the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is 50% sold out. Would you like to share your business message with our engaged conference participants including educators, parents, caregivers, direct support professionals, and individuals with autism? Reserve your booth space today to ensure your spot. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities also are available. Click here for more information.
It was a beautiful morning to bring the Minnesota autism community together for Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017 at Southdale Center. Hundreds of supportive families and friends filled the mall walkways as they participated in the first ever AuSM Flash Dash presented by Accra Care, gathered information from more than 70 resource tables, enjoyed healthy snacks, took pictures with a happy T-rex and Mudonna, and had tons of fun. Thank you to our emcees Mike "Muss" Mussman from K102 and AuSM champion Shannan Paul, Larry Moody as our friendly T-rex, The Royal Sisterhood princesses, Anime Twin Cities superheroes, all of our sponsors, volunteers, the AuSM board, AuSM staff, and fantastic participants. You made Steps of Hope 2017 AMAZING!
Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota, AuSM's 17th annual fundraising fun walk and the state's largest autism resource fair will take place at Southdale Center this Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. Online registration is closed, but walk-in registrants are welcome! You also can continue to donate to teams by clicking on the below link. We look forward to celebrating our awesome autism community with you on Sunday!