Taste of the Lakes

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 from 6-10 p.m.

TasteofLakes14Bayview Event Center
687 Excelsior Blvd.
Excelsior, MN 55331

Enjoy fine cuisine from great local establishments. Silent and live auctions. Live entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Metro Friendship Foundation, and organization that provides scholarships that focus on enhancing social skills for youth with autism.

Click here for more information and to order your tickets for this great event.


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.

2014-2015 Sensory-Friendly Performances

Busytown the Musical - Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at 7 p.m.
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. 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 complete the below 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.


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.


The Arc Minnesota Statewide Conference

Person-Centered Thinking: Putting You in Charge

November 14, 2014

Shoreview Community Center
4580 Victoria St. N.
Shoreview, MN 55126

Learn more about how you can take charge of your life and your services. For more information, contact The Arc Minnesota at 651.604.8066 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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.