The Autism 5-Point Scale Emergency app helps individuals with ASD communicate with family, caregivers, first responders and other personnel in emergency situations. It is free and downloadable through the iTunes store for iPods and iPads and for Android devices from Google Play and Amazon. Click on the following links to add the emergency app to your device of choice.
AuSM is teaming up with the Minnesota Wild to offer discounted tickets to upcoming Wild games in September and October. Ticket prices are marked down exclusively for this fundraising event, with a portion of each ticket going directly to support AuSM's programs and services. Find a game that works for you, and click on the links to order your tickets today.
A huge thank you to Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative for awarding AuSM a grant to bring the Life with Autism Series to Aitkin and surrounding areas. AuSM looks forward to sharing stories, strategies and resources with this great community. Click here for more information about the Life with Autism series.
Join Jonathan and his grandparents as they sell the fruits of their harvest on Friday, Oct. 3 from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All money raised will be donated to building AuSM's programs and services. Find them at 3678 Commonwealth Draw, Woodbury, MN 55125. Be sure to tell them you're a friend of AuSM!
The Steven Raymond Foundation of the Minnesota Community Foundation/St. Paul Foundation is organizing the first annual Autumn Autism Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4. The walk will take place at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton. Dollars raised will benefit AuSM programs and services. Click here for more details and to register to walk.
“I’m looking for a job. I’ve already applied to a couple of places,” this young man tells me. He is 18 years old and determined. He is very articulate with good social skills. Except for a few social quirks, you wouldn’t be able to tell he has autism.
Click here to read Kim Kang's report from a recent "Let's Talk About Transition" community conversation. These events are funded by a Bush Foundation Community Innovations Grant and will continue on various dates and locations this fall. Click here for more information and to participate.
Parents of middle school-age and older students, educators, school administrators, higher education professionals, business leaders, organizations, service providers, and students with disabilities are encouraged to participate in the "Let's Talk About Transition" community conversations throughout Minnesota this fall. Share your thoughts on improving transition services, employment, and post-secondary education opportunities for students with all disabilities.
The next dialogs will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bemidji City Hall and on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Cloquet High School cafeteria. The Cloquet meeting is presented in partnership with the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative. Click here for more information about the Bemidji and Cloquet events and future conversations and to register.
If you are an educator, plan to participate in AuSM's presentation at the Education Minnesota 2014 Professional Conference Workshop: "Inclusive Strategies for Success with ASD Students" on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 2:50-3:50 p.m. in Ballroom G at the St. Paul River Center. Learn practical ideas for supporting students with autism in general education classrooms. Topics will include defining ASD, social skills and communication supports, ideas for listening to those on the spectrum and making accommodations in the classroom. Resources such as apps, books and visual supports will be included.
AuSM is partnering with the Children's Theatre Company (CTC) in their offering of sensory-friendly programming to the Minnesota autism community. The next CTC sensory-friendly performance is Busytown the Musical, a cabaret-style musical of puppets and people, on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. CTC is seeking volunteers to help with welcoming, ushering and assisting families who participate in the sensory-friendly performances. Volunteers also receive one free admission to watch the performance for which they volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering for a CTC sensory-friendly performance, click here.