Wellness Connection Workshop Series

Highlandfriendshipclub16logoThe Highland Friendship Club invites you to participate in their Wellness Connection Workshop Series designed specifically for the parent/caregiver and their young adult, ages 18-21. Feel connected and learn about relationships. Sessions run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and include instruction, yoga, a mindful snack, and relaxation. Cost is $40/pair for each session. Register at or contact Ashley at 651.698.4096 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

Feb. 8 - Peer Pressure, Bullying, and Cyber Safety
Feb. 22 - Appropriate Touch



CTC Be Inspired All Access Celebration

CTCInspiredFeb2016Monday, Feb. 15, 2016
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate a world of wonder and imagination at CTC’s FREE open house event. Explore the world of theatre magic – costumes, props, scenery; take a Theatre Arts Training (TAT) class; put your Snowy Day shadow puppets to work on the main stage; enjoy storytime with your favorite CTC actors; learn new dance moves from Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical; performances by community artists featuring: Maria Isa and Tall Paul; teen talk-back with student performers; and more! Click here for more information.


Stages Theatre Company Sensory Friendly Performances

StagesTheatreLogoThe Stages Theatre Company sensory-friendly performances are designed for children on the autism spectrum or others with sensory sensitivities. House lights will be on and sound levels will be lowered, and crowds are minimized for these for these judgement-free, “shush-free” performances.

2015-2016 Sensory-Friendly Performances

Bear Snores On - Feb. 6, 2016
The Snow Queen - March 12, 2016
I Love You, Stinky Face - May 14, 2016
Annie, Jr. - July 30, 2016

Click here for more information on the sensory-friendly performances and to order tickets.

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343
Box Office: 952.979.1111


Children's Theatre Company Sensory-Friendly Performances

CTClogoAuSM is partnering with the Children's Theatre Company (CTC) in their offering of sensory-friendly programming to the Minnesota autism community. CTC is committed to increasing access and inclusion for children and families affected by autism and other sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities.

To view CTC's sensory-friendly accommodations and pre-visit resources, click here.

2015-2016 Sensory-Friendly Performances

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats - March 18, 2016
Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical - June 2, 2016

In an effort to make sensory friendly performances more accessible for families who may not have the means to attend at the current single ticket rate, CTC offers group rates and the ACT Pass program. Click here for more information.

To order tickets, call the CTC box office at 612.874.0400, or order online at and select the sensory-friendly performance date of your choice.

See a CTC show for FREE
CTC is seeking volunteers to assist with welcoming, ushering and assisting families who participate in the sensory-friendly performances. Volunteers are asked to come one hour prior to the start of the performance and will participate in a 20-minute training followed by 40 minutes of greeting and supporting arriving audience members. 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, please click on the below link and complete the form. AuSM will contact you with details specific to your performance(s) of choice.

Click here if you would like to volunteer for a CTC sensory-friendly performance.


MSCOD Legislative Forum

MSCODwebMinnesota State Council on Disability Legislative Forum

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2015 from 12:30-4 p.m.

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Stages Theatre Company CAST Program Classes

CASTlogowebCAST is an educational program designed and provided by Stages Theatre Company dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for children ages 8-17 who have autism. Their aim is to foster self-expression, social enagement, creative exploration and confidence in each student, no matter where he or she lands on the spectrum. 

SPRING: Saturdays, March 26-May 21, 2016

Click here to register.

For more information, visit, or contact Nikki Swoboda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 952.979.1138.