AuSM 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 Sensory-Friendly Performance
Peter Pan the Musical - Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.
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.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Location: Mall of America
The Anita Kaufmann Foundation is hosting a day-long event that aims to increase community awareness of the one-in-four children and their families who live with a-neurologic disorder. Grab your purple gear and walking shoes - they'll be kicking off the day with a walk around the mall in support and recognition of Purple Day, an international epilepsy awareness day. After the walk, carnival games will begin in the MOA™ Rotunda, and festivities will conclude with a dance to live music. For more information, click here.
April 18, 2015 at 10 a.m.
A simple canoe trip with a youngster and her dog turns into an excursion fraught with adventure, music, and creatures of the Minnesota wilderness. A special treat includes the music and lyrics adapted from the songs of of the Grammy Award winning album, “Can You Canoe,” written by the fabulous The Okee Dokee Brothers. Click here to order tickets.
Stages Theatre Company
Hopkins, MN 55343
Box Office: 952.979.1111
Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m.
This free event is a fun, friendly, and engaging 50-minute performance tailored for children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have similar neurodiversities, and their families and caregivers. Join an autism dad, Stephen Prutsman, an internationally acclaimed pianist and host of the Azure family concert series at Stanford University, for a wonderful mix of popular and classical selections. This is a time for ASD families to relax, not worry about behaviors, and enjoy some good music together.
Landmark Center Courtroom 317
75 W. 5th St. #302
St. Paul, MN
Parents, family members and caregivers are welcome. Tickets are required for admittance and space is limited. Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets.
Offered in partnership with AuSM, CAST 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.
The following sessions of CAST have open registration:
- Spring: Saturdays, March 28-May 16, 2015 from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. David's Center
Pre-Orientation Program (POP)
Minnesota Life College's Pre-Orientation Program (POP) is designed to give incoming college freshmen and high school juniors and seniors with plans to attend a traditional college or university the opportunity to have more personalized time to learn how to access their campus, how to handle dorm life and roommate concerns, practice using the campus computer system, manage a syllabus, and have the processing time to be ready for the first day of the actual college experience. This program is an opportunity for those attending any two-or four-year college to benefit from the training and expertise of Minnesota Life College professionals, even if they plan to study elsewhere.
Summer 2015 Session
July 11-16, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN
The registration deadline is June 12, 2015. Click here to register or for more information about POP.