The Prince and the Pea - one free performance open to the public
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Prince Frank doesn't act like other princes. When the Queen decides to test him, his hypersensitivity helps him feel a teeny, tiny pea under 20 mattresses. This fairy tale that has been re-imagined to raise awareness about autism and will be performed by a cast of teens with autism. The Snow Queen (depression) and The Little Match Girl (autism) also will be performed.
Center for Changing Lives
2400 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55414
The Prince and the Pea - two free performances open to the public
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
MN Children's Museum's Great Big Room
10 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Performances are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
The Minnesota History Center invites you to come and explore our Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s and Open House exhibits. This experience is exclusive to AuSM kids and their families. Museum staff will have hands-on activities, games, and crafts available. Admission is free and space is limited. Click here to reserve your spot or call 651.259.3015.
December 7 from 8-10 a.m.
Southdale Center (New location of Steps of Hope 2015!)
December 7 from 9-11 a.m.
Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families to visit Santa. Click here to reserve your time to visit Caring Santa at Southdale Center.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
6:30 p.m. Networking and Adult Services Resource Fair
7-9 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
Continuing Education and Conference Center - University of Minnesota
1890 Buford Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
Jean Bender, AuSM's Advocacy Committee Chair, will represent AuSM during the resource fair and panel discussion at this Autism Speaks Town Hall on Adult Services. The session is open to individuals with ASD, family members, residential service providers and all others who serve adults with autism for an engaging discussion.
Space is limited. Click here for more information and to register.
Carmike Cinema Wynnsong 15 in Mounds View
Dec. 20, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for coloring contests, face painting and fun before the show. During the show, the lights will stay on, the sound will be reduced and attendees can feel free to roam around the theater, sing, dance and be themselves.
Hopkins, MN 55343
Box Office: 952.979.1111
January 31, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Click here to order tickets.
April 18, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Click here to order tickets.
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.
2014-2015 Sensory-Friendly Performances
Snowflake - Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 7 p.m.
The Biggest Little House in the Forest - Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 12 p.m.
The Biggest Little House in the Forest - Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
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.
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:
- 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
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.