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Autism Community Events

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The Autism Society of Minnesota is pleased to provide you with information about events and other offerings that will enhance the lives of those living with autism spectrum disorder.

In partnership with area businesses and organizations, AuSM is pleased to offer monthly opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. Click here to view the Uniting the Autism Community Events Calendar.

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Let's Play Unified 2016

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Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 1-5 p.m.

Minneapolis Police Special Operations Center
4119 Dupont Ave.
North Minneapolis, MN 55412

Special Olympics Minnesota, the Autism Society of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Police invite you to a fall fun day for communities serving children with autism. Families will have the opportunity to meet other families affected by autism, build relationships with local emergency responders, try a new sport with Special Olympics Minnesota, and access autism resources from the Autism Society of Minnesota. Activities will be set up and staffed to accommodate children with autism and their siblings, ages 6 and up. This event is free, but registration is required.

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Exercise Your Right to Vote

Sept. 22, 2016 from 6-7 p.m.

Held at AuSM
2380 Wycliff St. #102
St. Paul, MN 55114

votecounts2016The voting season is upon us, and Minnesota residents who are 18 and older have the right to vote. Learn about the voting process when you join AuSM for this FREE voting workshop lead by Cindi Jarvi from the Minnesota Disability Law Center. Topics will include: eligibility requirements, registering to vote, how voting works, and accessibility.

About the Speaker
Cindy Jarvi has worked for the Minnesota Disability Law Center for 18 years. She has extensive knowledge in special education, discipline, and forms of dispute resolution. She trains parents, school staff, public defenders, and county services staff and also works on voting rights.

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AuSM Pumpkin Patch Trolley 2016

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10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Minnesota Streetcar Museum
Linden Hill Station
Queen Ave. S. and W. 42nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410

The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and the Minnesota Streetcar Museum invite you to experience the thrill of riding a trolley, spend some time with Minnesota autism community friends, and pick a perfect pumpkin during this fun October event for individuals and families affected by autism.

MNStreetcarLogoJoin us for a fun ride along the rails, including a stop where you will be able to select a pumpkin to take home. The first trolley charter will leave the station at 10:30 a.m. and the final charter will roll back to the station at 12 p.m. Cost: $5 per family. Space is limited.

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Skateville Sensory Friendly Skating Event

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Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
4-6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
6-8 p.m.

Skateville Family Roller Skating Center
201 S. River Ridge Cir.
Burnsville, MN 55337

Skateville is hosting two sensory-friendly skating sessions this fall. Sessions will include lower music volume, fewer and more quiet DJ announcements, the elimination of flashing lights, a quiet table in the lobby, and paper towels replacing hand dryers in the bathrooms. Parents also will be able to enter the rink while wearing shoes. Bring your own earplugs, comfort items, fidgets, etc. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with questions.

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Mount Olivet Rolling Acres Annual Conference

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Nov. 4, 2016

Mount Olivet Rolling Acres
26th Annual Fall Conference
There's No Place Like Home

Navigating the Challenges to More Independent Living

For more information, visit mtolivetrollingacres.org.

 

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Children's Theatre Company Sensory-Friendly Performances

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To view CTC's sensory-friendly accommodations and pre-visit resources, click here.

2016-2017 Sensory-Friendly Performances

Elephant & Piggie's We are in a Play - Oct. 21, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Cinderella - Jan. 6, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Seuss' The Sneetches - March 24, 2017 at 7 p.m.
A Year with Frog and Toad - June 16, 2017 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 offers group rates and the ACT Pass program. Click here for more information.

To order tickets, call the CTC box office at 612.874.0400, or order online at www.childrenstheatre.org and select the sensory-friendly performance date of your choice.

Volunteer and 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. Eight volunteers are needed for each performance.

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