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Red Balloon Bookshop Party

ArmondPartyBook1Autism Awareness Month Partner, the Red Balloon Bookshop, will host a book signing and party for Nancy Carlson’s book, Armond Goes to a Party: A Book About Asperger's and Friendship. The book has received a significant amount of national and local press recently, and AuSM is pleased to celebrate this exciting book with the Red Balloon Bookshop.

Red Balloon Bookshop Book Signing/Party

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Click here for more information about the Red Balloon Bookshop.

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Supported Apartment Program Open House

Tuesday, April 22 from 3-7 p.m.

Mary T. Inc. has openings in its Supported Apartment Program located at Northpointe Apartments, 3955 119th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids. Participate in this open house to learn how services are tailored to the individual and tour the hub apartment.

For more information, e-mail Jessica Andrist at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Sensory Friendly Concerts: Improving Equal Rights to the Fine Arts

Minnesota’s first Sensory Friendly Concert™, supported by The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 10-10:45 a.m. at the Brookdale Public Library. 

Brookdale Public Library
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

This concert offers an opportunity for equal access to the fine arts and provides a platform for self-advocacy by showcasing the musical talent of individuals on the autism spectrum. This accomodated environment is free of the social restrictions that come along with a typical concert such as sitting quietly for an hour or knowing when to clap.

For more information, visit www.toneworksmusictherapy.com or contact Lyndie Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Wild Rumpus Bookstore Party

ArmondPartyBook1Autism Awareness Month Partner, Wild Rumpus Bookstore, will host a book signing and sensory-friendly party for Nancy Carlson’s book, Armond Goes to a Party: A Book About Asperger's and Friendship. The book has received a significant amount of national and local press recently, and AuSM is pleased to celebrate this exciting book with Wild Rumpus Bookstore.

Wild Rumpus Bookstore Book Signing/Party

Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 1-3 p.m.

Click here for more information about the Wild Rumpus Bookstore Party.

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Erik's Ranch Horse Riding Lessons

Erik’s Ranch is offering riding lessons for $15 per lesson through April 19. If you are interested in this discount, please contact Program Manager Julia Lammers at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Lessons are available for kids of all abilities.

Erik's Ranch Equestrian Center Location: 23495 Sage Avenue, Belle Plaine, MN
Phone: 612.222.9665

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Let's Talk About Transition

Questions, Answers and Solutions

Participate in community conversations about transition services for individuals with disabilities.

Join us for community conversations focused on improving employment and post-secondary education opportunities for students with disabilities. Share your thoughts about current resources and challenges. Explore ideas for improving transition services for students with disabilities. These community dialogs, organized by AuSM, are provided through a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation.

Who Should Participate

  • Parents of middle school-age and older students
  • Educators
  • School Administrators
  • Higher Education Professionals
  • Business Leaders/Owners
  • Organizations
  • Students with Disabilities

Why Participate?

Information you share will be used to inform and influence policymakers as to why special education transition service reform is needed and to provide guidance for effective change. 

Register for the Let's Talk About Transition conversation date and location that works best for you and click on the button to register. Two additional metro transition conversations will be added soon. Additional outstate community conversations will be announced for Fall 2013.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
5:30-7:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota, UROC
2001 Plymouth Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bloomington School District Office
1350 W. 106 St., Door C
Bloomington, MN, 55431

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Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:45-10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
19th Annual State Autism Conference
Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Registration for the conference location Let's Talk About Transition sessions is included with the Saturday registration for the 19th Annual State Autism Conference. Click here for more information.

Additional outstate community conversations will be announced for Fall 2014.

About the Organizer
These community dialogs, organized by the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), are provided through a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation (www.bushfoundation.org). Established in 1971, AuSM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement. 

If you have questions about the Let’s Talk About Transition community conversations, please contact Kim Kang at 612.387.6509 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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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 affected by 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. The CAST program is offered in partnership with the Autism Society of Minnesota. 

CAST is offered in the fall, winter and spring. Click here to view the CAST brochure.

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