An event for parents, caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, organizations, agencies and indivisuals with autism, the 19th annual conference will be held April 30-May 3 at the Doubletree Hilton Minneapolis Park Place. Click here for more information and to register today. Online registration is open through tomorrow, April 24. Walk-in registrants are welcome, space permitting.
AuSM Social Skills programming ventures north for an exciting August offering: AuSM Animal Care Camp at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. Encounter snakes, turtles, macaws, otters, frogs, salamanders, birds and more while developing social skills useful in everyday life. Feed the fish in the Lake Superior Tank, learn about animal habitats, and go behind the scenes with Great Lakes Aquarium experts for an up-close look at caring for the aquarium's inhabitants. Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM currently is accepting Steps of Hope Support Grant applications for proposals that maximize collaboration and partnerships with other organizations supporting people with ASD. A Steps of Hope Support Grant must benefit children or adults with ASD who live in our membership area. Grant applications are due July 1. Click here to learn more and to access the grant application.
Congratulations to the five winners of the Steps of Hope Support Grants for the 19th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference registrations: Marie Gayther, Rita Koelman, Teresa Krank, Suzanne Renfroe and Cathleen Zelinski.
Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins and AuSM have teamed up to offer discounted tickets to the May 18, 1:10 p.m. Twins vs. Seattle Mariners at Target Field. For more information, click here.
A limited number of openings are available for an AuSM ASD Certification Training course at Goodwill Headquarters in St. Paul beginning in May. Designed for professionals who work with individuals with autism, AuSM ASD Certification Training is an intensive five-session course that gives participants an in-depth understanding of how to support individuals with autism. Click here for more information.
AuSM Camps and Social Skills Summer Programs provide opportunities for friendship and confidence building. Activities are tailored to give youth with autism a fun, safe and exciting experience while increasing self-esteem, expanding knowledge and building friendships. Space is limited in all programs, and some camps are full with wait lists. Register today - your AuSM adventure awaits!
Autism community icon, Temple Gradin, Ph.D. will present an AuSM Workshop on Thursday, May 22: How People with Autism Think and Feel. The event, sponsored by Cargill, will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Dr. Grandin will sign books in the on-site AuSM Bookstore from 6-7 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. Her presentation will be from 7-9 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.
Join AuSM for community conversations focused on improving employment and post-secondary education opportunities for students with disabilities. Share your thoughts about current resources and challenges during one of several community conversation events.
Let's Talk About Transition
Questions, Answers and Solutions
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Bloomington School District Office, Bloomington
Click here to register and for more information about additional Let's Talk About Transition community conversation dates and locations.
We 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.