The 2nd Annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit, held Sept. 21 at Union Depot in St. Paul is sold out; however, AuSM is pleased to offer an online streaming option of this year's keynote presentation. For a $10 registration fee, you will have access to a livestream of the keynote presentation and be given a link to a recording after the event. The keynote speaker is Olivia James, an autistic adult who will present "Unintentional Advocacy: Building Community Through Self-Acceptance" from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Click here if you'd like to register for the live-stream of the Summit keynote presentation.
Visit a Chuck E. Cheese’s location near you on Oct. 18 (the Friday of MEA weekend!) from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. or Sunday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and support Autism Society of Minnesota programs and services for our local autism community. Mention AuSM at the register, and Chuck E. Cheese’s will donate 20% of your purchase to AuSM. Chuck E. Cheese’s features a video arcade with interactive games, pizza and an all-you-can-eat salad bar, and performances by the one and only Chuck E. and his gang. All Minnesota locations are participating in these fundraising days for the local autism community. Wear a costume to the October fundraiser and you will receive 50 free tickets. Click here to find a location near you.
AuSM is pleased to announce that six 2019-2020 AuSM Skillshops will be available through a live-stream Internet broadcast, thus making content accessible to a more broad-based audience. Participants may purchase an individual session or all Internet streaming sessions that cover a wide variety of topics including: Oct. 1, 2019: Guardianship: Do We Need It; Nov. 12, 2019: Let’s Talk About It: Disclosure; Jan. 14, 2020: Alderian Psychology and ASD; Feb. 18, 2020: Preventing & Recovering from Burnout; March 31, 2020: Understanding SPED; May 19, 2020: How To Find the Right Therapist for You. Sessions purchased for live-stream viewing will be available in real time only and will not be accessible after the AuSM Skillshop has taken place. All 12 AuSM Skillshops in the 2019-2020 season also are available for in-person participation. Click here for more information about the complete line-up of AuSM Skillshops and for more information about the new live-stream options.
The 2019-2020 AuSM Education catalog is available online and the print version will be delivered to mailboxes soon. Learn about and register for AuSM's fall, winter, and spring offerings, including social skills classes for youth and adults, the Life with Autism series, AuSM Skillshops, autism certification, AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services, AuSM events, and more. Register today for educational opportunities that will support community engagement, provide positive support strategies, and enhance your life. Click here to view the online catalog.
The Minnesota History Center is presenting a FREE sensory-friendly night on Sept. 17 from 6-8 p.m., held while the museum is open to the general public. Through inspiring exhibits, thought-provoking programs, and action-packed discovery, the History Center feeds your curiosity about Minnesota’s stories, people, and places. Open now, "First Ave: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom," is an immersive exhibit that provides you with the sights and sounds of this legendary club. Practice packing a tour bus or snap a picture with your own star in the gallery as you discover what it feels like to be a musician.
Note that public attendance typically is light on September evenings. On Sept. 17, staff will be available to direct visitors to hands-on activities and provide directions to quiet spaces. Noise cancelling headphones will be available on request from the front desk.
AuSM invites 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 event for individuals and families affected by autism. During the event held Oct. 12, 2019 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, participants will ride the rails and stop at a pumpkin patch where they can choose their favorite 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 11:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per AuSM member family, $20 per non-member family, and $5 per individual with ASD. Space is limited, so please register early. The AuSM Pumpkin Trolley is generously sponsored by FIND Network, the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, and St. David's Center for Child & Family Development; visit their resource tables during the event! Click here for more information and to register.
On the heels of the successful first publication of AuSM’s Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota, AuSM has started work on the second, 2020 edition. The guide, created to be a reference tool for families and individuals with autism and other sensory sensitivities, will include articles about the importance of community inclusion and how sensory-friendly accommodations lead to welcoming environments. It also will contain a calendar guide of sensory-friendly community events and activities offered throughout Minnesota in the coming year.
AuSM currently is accepting event and activity listings for the second edition. If you know of a business or organization that offers sensory-friendly events or activities, please encourage them to complete the 2020 listing form. Click here to access the online listing form. Listing submissions for the 2020 guide are due Nov. 25, 2019. A paper form can be accessed here. Advertising space, which includes enhanced listings, also is available.
The second edition of AuSM's Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota will be available in January 2020.