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20th Annual MN Autism Conference registration open

confbroch15coverimageThe 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will take place April 29-May 2 at the Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place hotel. The conference is where we join our voices as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation. Here speakers, educators, paraprofessionals, therapists, psychologists, professionals, employers, caregivers, parents and individuals on the spectrum have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those touched by autism. The event will feature four keynote speakers, dozens of breakout sessions, exhibitors, networking opportunities, a gala and much more. Click here for more information and to register today.


Become an AuSM Member this spring and reap benefits

memberbroch15coverFor the past 44 years, AuSM has offered a place to learn, access services, and develop skills that enhance lives. AuSM membership connects you to a common community that acts without judgment, nurtures potential, advances knowledge and builds awareness. Now is a great time to join our supportive community. Members who join in March and April will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to AuSM's inaugural gala, Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, on May 1.

Click here to learn about AuSM's membership benefits and then click here to become an AuSM Member!


Steps of Hope at Southdale a huge success today

SOH grayscale 75-0-100-0 NoDate RThank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors, performers, teams and individual walkers who participated in Steps of Hope 2015 at Southdale Center on March 1. Hundreds teamed up to raise money for the Minnesota autism community, visit with sponsors, gather information at the state's largest autism resource fair, and have FUN. Special thanks to KFAN's Dan Cole The Common Man for emceeing the stage show, KS95's Crisco for bringing the KS95 prize wheel and giving high-fives to the crowd, and Mudonna and Goldy Gopher for keeping everyone energized!

If you weren't able to attend Steps of Hope but still would like to make a donation, click here.

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  • Steps of Hope 2015 T-Shirt
  • Volunteers from Kohl's helped distribute T-shirts to walkers.
  • Caribou Coffee supplied coffee for Steps of Hope volunteers.
  • This goes without saying! Thank you, Steps of Hope 2015 volunteers!
  • Volunteer coat check crew ready to take those heavy winter coats off the hands of our walkers.
  • Food donations from Kay's Naturals and Whole Foods were great crowd fuel!
  • KFAN's Dan Cole The Common Man was a fantastic MC, getting the crowd excited for the morning and even stopping for fan photos!
  • Roseville School of Dance soloists performed ballet, tap and jazz routines for an amazed crowd!
  • All smiles from this fantastic team!
  • Mudonna photo bombs Team AuSM Sauce's photo with KS95's Crisco.
  • Pilot Rich Kargel told walkers about Navigating Autism, a great program for practicing going to the airport and taking a flight.
  • The autism resource tables were crowd pleasers! So much valuable information all in one place!
  • Thanks for walking with us, Team Deja!
  • Thanks for walking with us, Team Wonder Twins!
  • Lionsgate Academy wowed the crowd with a walk-wrap up flash mob!
  • What a way to wrap up a great morning!


Autism conference keynote speakers announced

2015conflogowebThe 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will be held April 29-May 2, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hilton by Minneapolis Park Place Hotel in Minneapolis. Here, speakers, educators, therapists, psychologists, employers, paraprofessionals, caregivers, parents and individuals on the autism spectrum have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those touched by autism. Keynote speakers will include:

James Coplan, M.D. is an internationally recognized clinician, author, and public speaker in the fields of early child development, early language development and autistic spectrum disorders. 

Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D. is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in inclusive education, special education, general education, educational leadership, and human services. Dr. Schwarz is co-author of four books: From Disability to Possibility, You’re Welcome, Just Give Him the Whale and Pedro’s Whale. His new book is From Possibility to Success.

John Miller is the author of Decoding Dating, A Guide to the Unwritten Social Rules of Dating for Men with Asperger Syndrome, a book that offers individuals with autism practical guidance on the more baffling aspects of dating.

Kari Dunn Buron, MS is an Autism Education Specialist who taught in the K-12 public school system, working with students on the autism spectrum for more than 30 years. Dunn Buron has authored many books and is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale.


CTC and MIA expand summer program options

CTClogoChildren’s Theatre Company and AuSM are partnering to offer a series of interactive family workshops modeling art-based strategies to engage your whole family. Specially designed for parents and/or caregivers with a child or children ages 3-5 with autism and their siblings, each workshop will explore theater activities that facilitate self-expression, creativity and imagination-play. Click here for more information and to register.

miahorizontalThe Minneapolis Institute of Arts and AuSM are proud to present two new July social skills camps for young artists with autism - AuSM Artists. Be inspired by famous artists and get creative using different mediums while practicing social skills, enjoying the museum and making friends. Click here for more information and to register.

Both of these new summer programs are made possible by grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.


Age-specific autism classes held at AuSM

childhoodAuSM's Life with Autism series offers information and strategies to parents, family members, relatives and caregivers of indiviuals with autism through hope-filled, engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Winter and Spring session registration is open now; AuSM members receive discounted rates. Click on the below links for more information and to register today.

Spring Sessions
Life with Autism: Adolescence and Transition - March 7 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Life with Autism: Adults - April 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Life with Autism: Newly Diagnosed (Session 1, ages 18 mos.-5 yrs.) - May 9, 16, 30 and June 6 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Life with Autism: Newly Diagnosed (Session 2, ages 6-10 yrs.) - May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6:30-9 p.m.


Monkeys head for Duluth in April and Rochester in July

NewMMPlogoZ Puppets Rosenschnoz and AuSM are taking the FREE Monkey Mind Pirate mindfulness workshops around Minnesota this spring and summer. During the April Spring Break, participate in the workshop for families with autism in Duluth. In July, participate in Rochester. Registration for both cities is open now - register today to ensure a spot for your family and get prepared to bring on the calm! Click here for more information.

Treat your family to the Monkey Mind Pirates/Z Puppets Twin Cities show featuring award-winning, catchy, original songs, the lovable Monkey Mind Pirates puppets, and families currently participating in the Twin Cities workshops. The show will take place on March 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Children's Theatre Company (Cargill Stage). Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets.


Make Monkey Mind Pirates a part of your family

ZPuppetsGuywebZ Puppets Rosenschnoz and AuSM invite families affected by autism to participate in the FREE Monkey Mind Pirate workshops in the Twin Cities, Duluth and Rochester this spring and summer. Monkey Mind Pirates is the world's only puppet, rock yoga adventure, combining arts and mindfulness to give families creative tools to find calm. Each city's workshop is for youth living with autism, siblings ages 7+ and accompanying adults. Space is limited; register today! Click here for more information and to register for the workshop near you.

Workshops will culminate with participants performing alongside Z Puppets as the Sailor Chorus in a public performance of the award-winning, nationally touring musical. Click here to order tickets for the show near you.


Summer camp and social skills registration opens Jan. 26

summercvr2015webAre you ready to plan your exciting summer adventures? Registration for AuSM Summer Camps including Hand in Hand, Wahode and Discovery, and registration for AuSM Summer Social Skills classes including AuSM Como Zoo Skills, AuSM On the Town and Eastman Outdoor Adventure Camp open tomorrow. Registration for AuSM's camps with the Minnesota Zoo will open on Feb. 15. Click here to read through the catalog and choose the activity that will get your summer set for fun! Camps and classes will fill quickly!