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Still time to register for state autism conference to be held April 24-27

18 04 05 MN Autism Conference logo 2019 v1Full Conference and Friday day are SOLD OUT. Registration remains open for Wednesday evening, Thursday day, Thursday evening, and Saturday day. Online registration for the 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will be open until noon on Tuesday, April 23. During the conference, held April 24-27, 2019 at its new venue, the Minneapolis Marriott Soutwest, the Minnesota autism community will join voices as a passionate network to connect and inspire innovation. Here, expert speakers, educators, professionals, caregivers, and individuals with autism will have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those on the autism spectrum. The conference, sponsored by Accra, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, and MN LEND will feature exhibitors, the AuSM Bookstore, more than 35 breakout sessions, and four keynote speakers, including Sue Swenson, MBA sponsored by LEND; Theresa M. Regan, PhD, CBIS, CAS sponsored by Cargill; Patrick Schwarz, PhD sponsored by St. David's Center for Child & Family Development; and Jennifer O'Toole sponsored by Minnesota Independence College & Community. Register today to be a part of this amazing learning opportunity. Click here for more information and to register.


AuSM annual meeting features new officer election, annual report

2018AnnualReportCoverWEBThank you to AuSM members, board, and staff who participated in last night's annual meeting. During the gathering, Executive Director Ellie Wilson shared a review of 2018, highlighting new programs and events that were offered. Participants also approved AuSM's new mission statement and purpose statements. Recognized and applauded for her years of service, AuSM Board President, Jean Bender, completed her term and members voted in new President, Paul D'Arco; Vice-President, Katie Knutson; and Secretary, Jenna Matteson-Laabs. Click here to access AuSM's 2018 Annual Report for more information about the AuSM community's 2018 accomplishments. We are pleased to continue our service to the Minnesota autism community into 2019!


2019 AuSM Gala brings the Fun & Games

FunandGames2019WEBOn April 26, join AuSM for an exciting evening bringing the community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, prizes, a silent auction, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. The gala will take place during Friday evening of the state autism conference at its new location, the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka. During the gala, AuSM will honor an organization and four individuals who have done amazing things for the local autism community. Honorees include Jean Bender; Como Park Zoo & Conservatory; Michael Corrigan; Miller Hertaus; and Deeqaifrah Hussein, M.A. Tickets for the event are $85 each or $800 per table of 10. Space is limited, so register early! All gala proceeds will benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community. Click here for more information and to register.


Students go "Into the Wild" for hockey experience

IntoWild2019WEBAuSM, the Minnesota Wild, and Associated Bank had a great morning with students from Lionsgate Academy and Academy of Whole Learning as they explored Xcel Energy Center on March 14. During this special "Into the Wild" event opportunity, students were able to watch the Minnesota Wild warm ups, toured the arena, and participated in educational stations offered by Associated Bank and AuSM. Thank you to event partners, volunteers, Xcel Energy Center staff, and Allegra and image360-Downtown Saint Paul for sponsoring the Into the Wild T-shirts.


Become a member of AuSM now through April 10

dawnkelseywebFor nearly half a century, AuSM has offered Minnesota a place to learn, access services, and develop skills. AuSM membership connects you to a common community that acts without judgment, nurtures potential, advances knowledge, and builds awareness. Join our supportive network to find programs, services, and resources. Become an AuSM Member now through April 10 and your name will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the AuSM Fun & Games Gala on April 26. The gala will bring our community together for food, drinks, games, auctions, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals on the spectrum. A $170 value! Click here for more information about AuSM membership.


AuSM's newest guide about inclusivity and sensory-friendly

2019SFGuideCoverIntroducing AuSM’s Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota, a reference tool and planning guide for families and individuals with autism and other sensory sensitivities. Learn why sensory-friendly events and activities are important, find recommendations for creating sensory-friendly events and activities, read personal stories, and check out the calendar guide of sensory-friendly community events and activities to unite our community. The guide will drop in mailboxes within the next couple of weeks, but it is available online now.

Click here to access the electronic version of the guide.

AuSM also encourages you to visit the newly designed Uniting the Community Events page on our site. The page includes a chronological listing of events and activities offered by AuSM and our community partners. AuSM is pleased to offer opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. Click on the above link to view this great new resource.


AuSM's spring social skills classes bring warmth during the cold

ComoRainforestsAuSM has a full line up of social skills classes for youth, teens, and adults with autism in the coming months. These activities are sure to keep you warm, even though the outside temps still might be chilly. Classes include Three Rivers Parks District Gale Woods Farm classes for ages 8+ in April; ComedySports Improv Skills for ages 14-26 in April; and the NEW Toneworks Rockin' Springtime for ages 10-16 in May. AuSM also is offering a monthly Book Club for ages 14+ at the Wescott Library and a monthly Birthday Celebration and Game Night for ages 18+. Contact AuSM's education department at 651.647.1083 ext. 22 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details, or click on the above links to get registered for some springtime fun today!


Purchase a wish list item to support 2019 AuSM Summer campers

CampersStaff2018WEBAuSM's camp directors have created an AuSM Summer Camp Wish List on Amazon to help improve the camp experience and better serve campers during the 2019 AuSM Summer Camp season. Wish list items range from $6 and up and can be shipped directly to AuSM. If you would like a tax form for your purchased wish list item, please provide your e-mail address in the gift memo field when you are purchasing. Also, when shopping on Amazon (for wish list items or otherwise!), please be sure to select AuSM as your Amazon Smile charity, and Amazon will give a percentage of your purchase to support our local autism community. Your generosity means so much to us and this amazing community we serve. Thank you!