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Ordway Sensory-Friendly Performances of Bleu!

BleuOrdwayMay15Ordway Drake Room, St. Paul
May 26 at 11:15 a.m.
May 27 at 1:15 p.m.

This pioneering group has entranced audiences around the world! Now let Compagnia TPO take your students or family on a journey through the sea with this immersive show that merges music, dance, sculpture, and light, transforming the Ordway Drake Room into an enchanted world of falling stars, faraway islands, and journeying underwater creatures.

Experience the stunning and interactive Bleu! from Italian dance-theater group Compagnia TPO during the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival in a supportive environment, including adaptations to the house rules, modified light and sound, limited capacity, designated quiet room and pre-visit resources. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call the Education Hotline at 651.282.3115. Click here to visit the Ordway's website.

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Brainerd Autism Emergency Preparedness Event

eplogo2014webAuSM, in partnership with the Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative and the Northern Pines Mental Health Center, invites you to participate in sessions tailored to provide safety professionals and families with strategies for helping individuals with autism in emergency situations.

Click here to view the event flyer.

May 28, 2015 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd

Emergency Preparedness Sessions for Safety Professionals
Session 1: 8-10 a.m.
Session 2: 12-2 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness Session for Families and Caregivers
One Session Offered: 6-8 p.m.

Sessions are free, but registration is required. Click here to register today.

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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 Sensory-Friendly Performance

Peter Pan the Musical - Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.

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 has cut the cost of the tickets for this performance in half to $20/adult and $15/child/senior/college student. If you coordinate a group of 10 or more to attend the show together, CTC will waive the $2.50/ticket service fees on the order as well. 

To order tickets, call the CTC box office at 612.874.0400, or order online at www.childrenstheatre.org and select the Friday, May 29 performance 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.

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

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3rd Annual I Can Fly

Icanfly2014Glencoe EAA Chapter 92 presents this event offering free airplane rides for children ages 7-17 with special needs (and their parents/caregivers). Participants also will receive free hot dogs, chips, cookies, and beverages! To register, contact Pilot Greg Regnier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 952.442.1078.

Click here to view the event flyer.

Saturday, June 6
8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Glencoe Municipal Airport
Plato, MN 55370

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ReelAbilities Minneapolis/St. Paul Disabilities Film Festival

ReelAbilities15Friday, June 12 - two films focus on autism

ReelAbilities is a film festival dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. The festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

ReelAbilities will present two films about autism topics at the Union Depot in June during the film festival:

Autistic Like Me - A Father's Perspective
A candid portrait of the fathers and male caregivers of children with autism.
Film Viewing: Union Depot, Red Cap Room, St. Paul - Friday, June 12 at 4 p.m.

Autistic License
Autistic License is the autobiographical account of one family’s journey to raise a son with autism.  Film Viewing: Union Depot, Red Cap Room, St. Paul - Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

Movie tickets are $10 each. Click here to order tickets and for more information.

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POP at Minnesota Life College

Pre-Orientation Program (POP)

MLCLogoConfMinnesota 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.