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Mar
30

Partner with AuSM for Autism Awareness Month

AwarenessMonthlogowebAuSM has a special opportunity for businesses and organizations to show their support for the Minnesota autism community during the month of April, National Autism Awareness Month. Partner with AuSM to raise autism awareness spread acceptance. Partnership is tailored for each business and organization, and can be as minimal as hanging a small poster and as involved as selling puzzle pieces in support of AuSM's programs and services. Click here to learn more and to become a supporting partner for National Autism Awareness Month! 

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Mar
28

Muss and Belinda take on the Twizzlers Challenge

MussBelindaTwizzlersK102's Mike Mussman "Muss" and KARE 11's Belinda Jensen took on the Twizzlers Challenge for AuSM this morning. The two laughed through their sharing of the sweet treat, all in support of our local autism community. Chase on the Lake came through with a $5,000 donation, and individual donors contributed to make the challenge possible. Click here to watch the segment. Thank you, Muss and Belinda!

Ready to take on your own Twizzlers Challenge for AuSM? Be sure to send us a picture or video! After you take the challenge, extend it to another pair - let's keep the momentum going for autism awareness and our Minnesota autism community! Click here for the official AuSM Twizzlers Challenge donation form! 

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Mar
25

Continued increase in students with autism highlights need for early intervention

MDEThe Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) recently released its annual Child Count report on students with disabilities for 2014. The report indicates 17,067 children and youth between the ages of 0-21 have been identified as having an autism diagnosis. This increase from the 2013 count of 16,603 makes 2014 the eighteenth consecutive year of growth in autism diagnoses in Minnesota schools.

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Mar
25

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.

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Mar
23

{Special Focus} Photography captures walk

A HUGE THANK YOU to {Special Focus} Photography By Nichole Laase for capturing the Steps of Hope 2015 walk in these beautiful images of our wonderful community day! Nichole Laase specializes in autism and special needs photography, and she definitely has a knack for bringing out the best in all of our Steps of Hope participants. Click here to see some of her great images from March 1.

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Mar
16

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.

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Mar
11

Hottest ticket of the season

winecheers2webOn May 1, join us for AuSM's inaugural gala, Celebrate AuSM Inspirations. Held during the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel, this exciting evening will bring our community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, a silent auction and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. All gala proceeds will benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community. Click here to get your tickets today!

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Mar
06

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.

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Mar
03

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!