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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.
  • 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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Apr
29

22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference a great success

GroupwebThe 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference came to a close this afternoon after four days of learning, networking, story-telling, and information sharing. A record-breaking crowd enjoyed keynote presentations from Steve Silberman, Dr. Temple Grandin, Kerry Magro, and Chris Ulmer; 32 breakout sessions on important autism topics; visiting the AuSM Bookstore and exhibitors; and so much more. We are grateful to our sponsors, volunteers, speakers, and staff who worked so hard to support organizing this important event for our community. And we are grateful to all who participated.

Apr
08

Warmer weather reminds us summer is coming

giraffe2webSoon the school year will be coming to a close, and that leaves parents, caregivers, and kids wondering: what's next? AuSM has the answer! AuSM's summer social skills classes offer exciting special interest-focused opportunities for youth with autism ages 8-26. In collaboration with partners throughout the Twin Cities and Duluth, AuSM's classes build skills in low-stress environments that encourage learning and growth. AuSM provides programming that is conducive to youth and adults who fall within the wide range of the autism spectrum and offers a 1:4 staff-to-participant ratio. Click on the links below to learn more about AuSM's summer programming and to register today.

Twin Cities AuSM Summer Social Skills
Como Zoo Skills: Super Species (ages 13-18)
Outdoor Adventure Skills with Eastman and Lowry Nature Centers (ages 13-18)
In Harmony with Autism at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music (ages 8-12)
AuSM Filmmakers (ages 14-18)
Minnesota Zoo Summer Camps (ages 8-19)
AuSM On the Town Summer (ages 14-26)
ComedySportz Improv Skills Summer (ages 14-26)
AuSM Artists at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (ages 11-18)
Toneworks Camp Art (ages 8-21)
CAST Summer Showtime with Stages Theatre Company (ages 10-17)

Duluth AuSM Summer Social Skills
AuSM Artists at the Duluth Art Institute (ages 12-21)
Zookeeper Camp at the Lake Superior Zoo (ages 8-11)
Animal Care Camp at the Great Lakes Aquarium (ages 12-18)

Mar
20

Life with Autism Series increases understanding, offers strategies

adolescenseAuSM’s Life with Autism Series offers information and strategies to parents, family members, relatives, caregivers of individuals with autism, educators, and the community through engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Participants also learn about available services and resources. Each class is a single session; click on the class titles for additional information and to register. Upcoming classes include:

Adults (ages 18+): Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Obtain information on topics such as impact of autism on adults, independence in daily living skills, social skills across settings including the workplace, reciprocal relationships, sexuality, privacy and safety, transitions into adult living, workplace issues, self-determination skills, behavior management, and emotions.