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16 17FallCatalogCvrIn 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. Below is a listing of community events listed in the 2016-2017 AuSM Education Catalog as well as other events that have been added since the catalog was printed. Some events require advance registration. We look forward to seeing you out and about in our great community!

Click here to view the Uniting the Community events calendar from the 2016-2017 AuSM catalog.

An Introduction to Providing Patient-Centered Care to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

HPANlogo2017May 23, 2017
8-10 a.m.

La Clinica Community Room
153 Cesar Chavez St.
St. Paul, MN 55107
(street parking is available)

The Health Professions Autism Network invites health care professionals to their kick-off event that will bring them together for networking and learning how to better serve our growing autism population.

Presentation learning outcomes include: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across the lifespan; identifing challenges in the health care setting for individuals with ASD and their families; and strategizing methods to provide patient-centered care in the attendee’s own health setting. Presenters: Laurie “Chet” Tschetter, Education Program Manager, and Lucas Scott, Education Specialist, Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM). Cost: $30 - Health Professionals; $15 - Federally Qualified Health Center Employees, Autism Society of Minnesota Members, and Students. Click here to download a flyer to invite your health care professionals to attend.

Click here to register.

The Health Professions Autism Network is a multidisciplinary Community of Practice for healthcare providers in all settings and across the lifespan, to facilitate networking, education, and advocacy on caring for autistic individuals and families. Please join our community online: www.healthprofessionsautismnetwork.org.

Funding for this event has been provided by the Becky Taylor Fellowship, through the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved for AuSM by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation to award 1.75 Contact Hours/2.1 MN BON Contact Hours. Wisconsin Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Professionals of all other disciplines must determine if the program meets the criteria for relicensure or recertification for their discipline.

Touch-a-Truck at Maplewood Mall

TouchaTruckMM2017Rescheduled to June 4, 2017
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Ave. N.
Maplewood, Minnesota 55109

Touch-A-Truck is a family focused event that allows children the opportunity to climb in and around some of the coolest vehicles around. By partnering with local business and public servants, we are able to bring the community together and create a unique and fun experience. After you touch all of the trucks head inside the mall for our KidX Club magic show! Please note that this is not a specifically sensory-friendly event, however, all are welcome to participate. Cost: FREE. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Flint Hills International Children's Festival 2017

OrdwayChildrensWayHomeJune 4, 2017 at 12 p.m.

Lab Theater (inside Lowry Building)
350 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55102

The Way Back Home Sensory-Friendly Performance
Experience an entertaining and interactive retelling of The Way Back Home, designed to be a welcoming and meaningful experience for youth with sensory, social and learning disabilities. When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake. The fuel tank is empty and the boy must execute a daring landing on the moon. But as it turns out, he is not alone up there. The Way Back Home uses puppets to tell a simple yet profound tale about friendship and conquering the fear of the unknown. This performance is part of the 2017 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Cost: $8.00 per person in advance. “Pay what you can” day of the performance on a first-come, first serve basis and subject to availability. For ticket information, call the Ordway's Ticket Office: 651.224.4222, or click on the below links.

More Information
Pre-visit story, accommodations, and visual schedule
Video sample

Please join us! The Autism Society of Minnesota will be one of the Festival Partners providing an art-making activity out in the park during the Festival!

A Year with Frog and Toad

FrogToadJune 16, 2017
7 p.m. - Sensory Friendly Performance

Children's Theatre Company
2400 3rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Waking from hibernation, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons. Cost: $15 child/$20 adult (reduced from $41 child/$51 adult). Limited income discounts available. Click here to view the sensory-friendly guide to the show.


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