Trying to figure out which service and support options fit the needs of your child or for you is not an easy task. Autism is a complex condition and navigating hundreds of systems for resources can be daunting. AuSM's Information and Referral team is available to listen, help and sort through options. Our Information and Referral team can help connect you to the many effective programs, therapists, services and support agencies.
Part of enhancing the lives of individuals with autism is ensuring that our laws and public policies support families living with autism. AuSM is committed to being your voice at the Minnesota legislature as well as creating public policy by maintaining a presence on key committees, task forces and organizations. Click here for information about AuSM's Advocacy Committee.
AuSM publishes and sends e-newsletters twice a month to keep members informed about topics such as advocacy, AuSM services, AuSM events, other community events and more. Click here to join AuSM's list and keep up-to-date on events and community happenings.
The AuSM Mental Health Services team works in partnership with you to develop a plan based on your needs. For many, working with mental heath service providers is a new experience; we want you to feel comfortable and knowledgeable as we undertake this journey together, striving for positive, individual-focused goals. Click here for more information.
AuSM Skillshops are designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents, family members and caregivers. Skillshops also are a valuable resource for educators who work with individuals affected by ASD. Intended for small groups, AuSM Skillshops allow you the opportunity to participate by discussing and solving problems on topics that concern you the most.
AuSM Workshops presented by national speakers are offered throughout the year. Click here for more information.
Led by ASD experts, AuSM Social Skills classes foster self-awareness and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends, fit into a group, take part in conversations, ask appropriate questions, and engage one’s sense of humor. Building skills using the participants’ special interests, including plants, animals, art, and theater, AuSM Social Skills classes offer a low-stress environment that encourages learning and growth.
The AuSM Discovery Series is designed for parents, family members, relatives, and caregivers of individuals who are newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Topics are tailored to meet specific needs on the spectrum, and participants come away with practical strategies and suggestions to help guide their journey through the age-specific stages of life.
AuSM offers camps tailored to fit the needs of young people who have autism ages 9-21. AuSM residential camp programs feature recreation in a woodland setting and modern sleeping quarters. Camps include Hand in Hand, Discovery, Extreme Discovery and Wahode day camps. Click here for more information.
Thanks to recommendations from members of the Autism Society of Minnesota, we have compiled listings of professional services and providers in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin who work with individuals and families affected by autism. Click here to view the AuSM Resource Directory online.
The AuSM Bookstore travels to many events throughout Minnesota including AuSM Workshops, the annual education symposium, AuSM's annual autism conference, Steps of Hope, and more. Please visit the Lending Library section of this site to learn more about what AuSM has to offer.
An AuSM Membership benefit, AuSM Lending Library materials are available for loan to all current AuSM members. You may check out up to 6 items for 3 weeks at a time. By checking out library materials, you assume responsiblity for them; you may be asked to replace lost or damaged items. Visit the AuSM office to search and borrow from AuSM's extensive Lending Library or complete an online request form to have a Lending Library item sent to you.
The Minnesota Autism Conference is held each spring. The conference features national speakers on research and education, and breakout sessions where Minnesota parents, teachers, and other professionals share information. The conference also includes resources for individuals with autism, families, caregivers, educators and other professionals. Click here for more information.
The Autism Society of Minnesota has several committees that drive our events and advocacy efforts. One of the best ways to get involved in our organization and make a lasting impact on individuals with autism spectrum disorders is to join one of these committees.
AuSM is overseen by a Board of Directors who meets monthly. Board members are parents, educators and professionals who work with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. AuSM members interested in serving as a director must complete a Board of Directors application. Board terms are for one year, beginning in June.