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Sep
22

Ready your tastebuds for Taste of the Lakes

TasteofLakes14Enjoy fine cuisine from great local establishments during Taste of the Lakes on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6-10 p.m. at the Bayview Event Center. The evening will include silent and live auctions and live entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Metro Friendship Foundation, and organization that provides scholarships for enhancing social skills for youth with autism.

Click here for more information and to order your tickets for this great event.

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Sep
22

Looking for a job

transition“I’m looking for a job. I’ve already applied to a couple of places,” this young man tells me. He is 18 years old and determined. He is very articulate with good social skills. Except for a few social quirks, you wouldn’t be able to tell he has autism.

Click here to read Kim Kang's report from a recent "Let's Talk About Transition" community conversation. These events are funded by a Bush Foundation Community Innovations Grant and will continue on various dates and locations this fall. Click here for more information and to participate.

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Sep
22

Bemidji transition talk on Oct. 7; Cloquet on Oct. 8

adolescenseParents of middle school-age and older students, educators, school administrators, higher education professionals, business leaders, organizations, service providers, and students with disabilities are encouraged to participate in the "Let's Talk About Transition" community conversations throughout Minnesota this fall. Share your thoughts on improving transition services, employment, and post-secondary education opportunities for students with all disabilities

The next dialogs will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bemidji City Hall and on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Cloquet High School cafeteria. The Cloquet meeting is presented in partnership with the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative. Click here for more information about the Bemidji and Cloquet events and future conversations and to register.

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Sep
17

AuSM presents at MEA workshop on Oct. 16

EducationMNLogoIf you are an educator, plan to participate in AuSM's presentation at the Education Minnesota 2014 Professional Conference Workshop: "Inclusive Strategies for Success with ASD Students" on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 2:50-3:50 p.m. in Ballroom G at the St. Paul River Center. Learn practical ideas for supporting students with autism in general education classrooms. Topics will include defining ASD, social skills and communication supports, ideas for listening to those on the spectrum and making accommodations in the classroom. Resources such as apps, books and visual supports will be included.

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Sep
14

CTC sensory-friendly Busytown the Musical

bustytownAuSM is partnering with the Children's Theatre Company (CTC) in their offering of sensory-friendly programming to the Minnesota autism community. The next CTC sensory-friendly performance is Busytown the Musical, a cabaret-style musical of puppets and people, on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. CTC is seeking volunteers to help with welcoming, ushering and assisting families who participate in the sensory-friendly performances. Volunteers also receive one free admission to watch the performance for which they volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering for a CTC sensory-friendly performance, click here.

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Sep
14

Families enjoy fun and sun

JonahNatewebA special thank you to Minneapolis Police, Special Olympics Minnesota, volunteers and participants at the second annual Fun & Fitness Academy on Sept. 13. The sun was bright and kids participated in bocce ball, basketball and more. Families also collected autism resources and enjoyed lunch together. High five for fun!

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Sep
12

Form and Function November workshop

iStock 000014432495SmallAuSM is pleased to partner with Minnesota Life College and the University of St. Thomas to offer Form and Function: The Hidden Curriculum and Executive Functioning, a workshop for parents, educators, and autism professionals on Nov. 14 at UST's Minneapolis campus. Learn about the hidden curriculum and executive functioning skills for young adult and transition-age individuals with mild to moderate autism spectrum disorder. Learn how these skills impact home, school, and work environments. Discussion will include case study examples, missteps, challenges, and how to apply and resolve ongoing challenges. The workshop will be instructed by Dr. Glenis Benson and will feature breakout sessions facilitated by Dr. L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Chrissy Cleveland and Dawn Brasch. Click here for more information and to register.

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Aug
22

Put some AuSM education in your autumn

FallCatalogCvr14-15The 2014-2015 AuSM Education Catalog will be hitting mailboxes soon, but registration for the full line-up of programs is available now on our website. Please make plans to join us for the Life with Autism series (formerly Discovery) classes, AuSM Social Skills classes and AuSM Skillshops. AuSM also offers autism training and ASD Certification Training. We look forward to learning and growing with you in the coming year!

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Jan
11

Shop Amazon, support AuSM programs and services

AmazonSmileWe are happy to announce a new way to shop and support AuSM at the same time: Amazon Smile. Click here to choose AuSM as your preferred charity and shop as usual. A percentage of your purchases will be given to AuSM to support programs and services for the Minnesota autism community.