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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.
  • 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference

    The Autism Society of Minnesota invites you to participate in the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 26-29, 2017. During this event, we will join our voices as a passionate community to inspire learning, hope, and innovation. Here experts, parents, caregivers, educators, paraprofessionals, mental health professionals, service providers, and individuals on the spectrum will have a platform to connect, collaborate, advocate, and educate.

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  • 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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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:

Intro to Autism: Monday, April 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Develop an understanding of the basics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), resource options, and positive behavior supports. Learn how families, schools, and the medical community can work together to educate and support those with ASD. Get practical tips on helping individuals with ASD meet their potential.

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.


AuSM Educator Challenge deadline extended to March 22

ChrisUlmerwebHey, educators! AuSM and special education teacher Chris Ulmer invite you to tell us how you encourage and motivate your students. Positive words, an upbeat dance, a personalized high-five – we want to know how you inspire and support your students each day.

Five educators who enter will be given free tickets to attend Chris Ulmer’s state autism conference keynote presentation from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on April 28 and will share their tips or strategies with the audience. The 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will take place April 26-29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place.

Click here to enter. Submissions are due March 22, 2017, and winners will be notified April 1, 2017. For more information, click here.


Exhibit space selling fast for annual autism conference

AuSMBookstorewebExhibit 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.


Join AuSM during our 2017 membership bonus time

join today 219x219Now is the perfect time to join the Autism Society of Minnesota, a place where you can learn, access services, and develop skills. AuSM membership connects you to a common community that acts without judgment, nurtures potential, advances knowledge, and builds awareness. Join our supportive network and find programs, services, and resources to help guide individuals with autism and those who support them. Become an AuSM Member by April 15, 2017 and your name will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to AuSM’s gala, "Oh, the AuSM Places We’ll Go!" on April 28. The gala will bring our community together for food, drinks, games, a silent auction, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. Click here for more information about AuSM's membership benefits and to join.


Steps of Hope 2017 is an amazing community experience

CampLadieswebIt 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!


Baseball, parade around the field, and autism awareness

twinslogoMajor League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins, and AuSM are teaming up to offer discounted tickets to Twins versus the Detroit Tigers game on April 23 at 1:10 p.m. Join us to cheer on the Twins with your family and friends. All ticket purchasers are invited to take part in a special pre-game parade (arrival by 12 p.m.) to increase awareness of autism in Twins Territory. Cost: U.S. Bank Home Run Porch View: $11 (normally $12); $3 per ticket will support Autism Awareness and AuSM. Click here to order your tickets.


2017 state autism conference has something for everyone

16 03 28 MN Autism Conf v4The 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will be held April 26-29, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Minneapolis – Park Place in Minneapolis. During the conference, experts, educators, therapists, direct support professionals, parents, caregivers, and people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will connect, collaborate, advocate, and educate.

Held during National Autism Awareness Month, this four-day conference is organized by AuSM, the state’s oldest nonprofit organization focused on ASD, with a mission of enhancing the lives of those affected by ASD from birth through retirement.

With a prevalence rate of one in every 68 people (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), ASD is the fastest growing developmental disability in Minnesota and the U.S., and AuSM believes programs and services are needed now more than ever to serve this increasing population.

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Artists wanted for Autism Awareness Month display at bank

MplsFRBThe Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank is seeking artwork created by artists with autism to feature in its gallery during Autism Awareness Month in April. Artists are welcome to submit a variety of different media, including photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and others. If the artwork is intended to be displayed on the wall, it should be provided in a format that is ready to be hung. If you or someone you know would like to submit art for display, AuSM will accept submissions, on behalf of the bank, at its office in St. Paul from Feb. 27-March 24.

Artwork submitted for this display will be on display from April 3-26 and seen primarily by bank staff and visitors; because the bank is a secure facility, the general public will not have access to the gallery. However, artists whose work is being displayed will be invited to an optional special event at the bank on April 26 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Artists must make arrangements for their artwork to be picked up from the bank on April 26. For additional information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Jillian Nelson at AuSM at 651.647.1083.


Are electronics and screen time causing stress in your household?

autism ipad1Have you ever tried to limit electronics but then given in because your child wouldn’t stop badgering you? Do you feel guilty for sometimes giving in so your child is entertained rather than complaining? There is a real “addictive” quality to electronics and a proven, step-by-step protocol to restore health and harmony to families. Join us on March 23 from 7-9 p.m. at St. David's Center for an AuSM Skillshop, "Electronic Addiction: How To Break Free From Battles Over Screens" and receive solutions from the Free Your Family From Electronic Addiction protocol that are key to having a calmer, more cooperative child with healthy boundaries around electronic usage. Click here for more information and to register.

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