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Final day for early registration rate for state autism conference

confbroch15coverimageToday is the last day to get the discounted registraton rate for the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. Click here to register today and save up to $25 per day.

Need help with conference session planning? Click on the links below for a suggested schedule based on what you'd like to obtain during this milestone year of conference.

Therapy Professionals
Parents and Caregivers
Transition-Age Individuals and Adults with Autism


Volunteers needed

handsAuSM is seeking volunteers for the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 29-May 2 and Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, AuSM's inaugural gala on May 1. Join us as we bring our voices together as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation while exchanging knowledge, ideas and resources. Conference volunteers are eligible for a discounted registration rate for the conference. Gala volunteers can participate in gala activities; however, volunteers will not be assigned a seat for dinner. Contact Hilary Vanblaricom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested in volunteering at the conference or the gala. Volunteers help make our events possible – thank you for sharing your time with us!


Community inspirations to be honored at May 1 gala

winecheers2webJoin AuSM for Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, an exciting evening bringing the community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, a silent auction and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. During the gala program, emceed by K102's Mike Mussman "Muss", AuSM will recognize the following individuals who have inspired and supported Minnesota's autism community while going above and beyond in the areas of leadership, education, advocacy, volunteerism and community: Mary Powell, Phil Sievers, Colleen Wieck, Anne Dudley and Ronnie Sprigler.

The gala will be held May 1 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place hotel during the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. All gala proceeds will benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community. Space is limited; click here to order your gala tickets today.


Open your little one's world to stories, puppetry, music and movement at Children's Theatre

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.

The first session, held April 19 from 2-4 p.m., will focus on Storytelling. Step into a favorite book! Build empathy and imagination as you use your face, body and voice to explore characters’ emotions, act out their stories and imagine different ways the story could turn out. Click here for more information and to register.


New to autism? Participate in Life with Autism Series

autism-boy1AuSM'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. Registration is open now; AuSM members receive discounted rates. 

Spring Sessions
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.


Steps of Hope 2015 Support Grants: two options

SOH grayscale 75-0-100-0 NoDate RAuSM is pleased to announce that 2015 Steps of Hope Support Grants will have a dual purpose. In addition to funding programs that encourage team building and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, AuSM also will offer the gift of knowledge through five grants for single registrations to the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. Conference registration grant applications are due April 17; the second grant option applications for projects supporting individuals with ASD are due July 1. Click here for more information and to download the 2015 application forms.


New summer social skills classes in the West Metro

WebsiteLogoAuSM is pleased to partner with Connections Social Skills Camp (CSSC) to present two social skills day camp sessions for youth with autism and other learning differences in August. Five half-days of fun, West Metro-focused activities will be provided by the founders of CSSC. Make friends and practice social skills during exciting community outings! Click here for more information and to register.


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!