ABCs of Style - Maplewood Mall

Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Sears Court.

Visit the AuSM resource table at Maplewood Mall’s “ABC’s of Style” event, an easy “A” for all things about back-to-school fashion! Click here for more information.


Telling Your Story So Others Will Listen

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

A story can be a powerful way to effect change, but in our fast-paced, wired society, it can be difficult to make your story stand out. Join us for this fun, interactive workshop where you will learn effective communication strategies and ways to make your own story compelling enough that policymakers and professionals will listen.

Oak Grove Middle School
1300 W. 106th St. 
Enter at DOOR C, Educational Services Center 
Bloomington, MN 55431

What You’ll Learn 

  • The Power of a Story
  • How to Tell Your Personal Story
  • Effective Communication
  • Meeting Strategies
  • How to Organize for Change

About the Speaker
Kim Kang is a long-time disability advocate and legislative expert who was the Public Policy and Early Education Director for PACER Center. In 16 years, she has trained more than 800 parents and professionals to be effective public policy disability advocates. She is the author of the widely used PACER Center curriculum, “Working for Change: Using the Power of the Personal Story.”

Presented By
AuSM is proud to be a collaborative partner with Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative, Parent Catalyst Leadership Group and Bloomington Public Schools to offer a limited number of registrations for this free workshop.



Stages Theatre Company CAST Program Classes

CASTlogowebOffered 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:

  • Fall: Saturdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 22, 2014 from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. David's Center
  • Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 17-March 7, 2015 from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. David's Center
  • Spring: Saturdays, March 28-May 16, 2015 from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. David's Center

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.


Let's Talk About Transition

Let's talk about improving transition services, employment, and post-secondary education opportunities for students with all disabilities. Share your thoughts about current resources and challenges. These community dialogs, organized by AuSM, are provided through a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation.