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  • AuSM Mission

    Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement.
  • Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017

    Join the Minnesota autism community for the state’s most powerful fundraising walk for autism featuring a colossal autism resource fair and the new AuSM Flash Dash! March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. at Southdale Center. Register today!

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  • 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference

    The Autism Society of Minnesota invites you to participate in the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 26-29, 2017. During this event, we will join our voices as a passionate community to inspire learning, hope, and innovation. Here experts, parents, caregivers, educators, paraprofessionals, mental health professionals, service providers, and individuals on the spectrum will have a platform to connect, collaborate, advocate, and educate.

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  • AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services

    The AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services team works in partnership with you to develop a plan based on your needs.

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  • Social Skills Classes

    AuSM social skills classes foster confidence and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends and have fun.

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  • Training Tailored for Organizations and Businesses

    AuSM provides a variety of continuing education options for parents, caregivers, educators, direct support staff, business professionals, organizations, individuals with autism, and the community. Experienced educators present on topics that align with your interests and serve to enhance your life.

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  • Uniting the Community Events

    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.

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Feb
15

AuSM and Chris Ulmer present the AuSM Educator Challenge

ChrisUlmerwebHey, educators! AuSM and special education teacher Chris Ulmer invite you to tell us how you encourage and motivate your students. Positive words, an upbeat dance, a personalized high-five – we want to know how you inspire and support your students each day.

Five educators who enter will be given free tickets to attend Chris Ulmer’s state autism conference keynote presentation from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on April 29 and will share their tips or strategies with the audience. The 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will take place April 26-29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place.

Click here to enter. Smartphone or other amateur videos are not required but are encouraged. Submissions are due March 15, 2017, and winners will be notified April 1, 2017. For more information, click here.

Feb
14

Disability Matters Day at the Capitol Feb. 28

CapitolBuildingWEBOn Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m., join self-advocates, families, and allies to call on policy makers to support funding and services that make independent lives possible in the community. Your voice and presence that day are crucial. Check in at L’etoile du Nord Room in the State Capitol Basement at 10 a.m., and the rally in the Capitol Rotunda will take place at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Mike Gude at The Arc MN at 651.604.8066 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Feb
14

AuSM presents on safety in St. Louis County this March

StLouisCntylogo2017Parents and caregivers of children with autism are invited to two home and community safety trainings hosted by St. Louis County in northern Minnesota. The first session will be held on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Duluth Regional Care Center (DRCC), 5629 Grand Ave., Duluth, Minn. The second session will be held on March 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Community Center, 8586 Enterprise Dr. S., Mountain Iron, Minn. A light dinner and supported activities for children (including a sensory obstacle course) will be provided at both sessions. Please RSVP to Laura Birnbaum at 218.726.2492 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Feb
14

Experiences with health care professionals: sharing your story

healthcare2017Carrie Dickson, MS, APRN, CNM, CNE, a doctor of nursing practice student from Minnesota State University in Mankato, is working with AuSM to gather personal stories from people with autism on their experiences with health care professionals. From now through April 15, Dickson is seeking stories from self-advocates with autism, parents, caregivers, and direct support staff about positive and negative interactions within the general health care system, including, but not limited to, emergency room visits, clinics, dentist offices, paramedics, hospitals, ophthalmologist offices, etc.

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Feb
12

Steps of Hope 2017 three weeks from today. Are you registered?

SOH logo2017Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota, AuSM's 17th annual fundraising fun walk and the state's largest autism resource fair will take place at Southdale Center on March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. Registration to participate in Steps of Hope 2017 (including the autism resource fair) is free.

2017FlashDashAccralogoWEBThe first ever AuSM Flash Dash presented by Accra will kick off Steps of Hope from 9-9:15 a.m. on the first floor of Southdale Center. Feel like a superhero as you power walk, skip, roll, or mosey your way from start to finish on the short, indoor course. All ages, abilities, and mobilities can join in on the fun and earn a medal and bragging rights. AuSM Flash Dash registration is $5 per person. All dollars support AuSM's programs and services for the local autism community. Teams who have registered and raised $500 or more by Feb. 15 will be entered into a drawing for an entertainment package including four tickets to a Children's Theatre Company sensory-friendly production, a K102 Prize Pack, and a $50 gift card for Dave & Busters!

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Feb
10

22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference registration is open

16-03-28-MN-Autism-Conf-v4We invite you to participate in the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 26-29, 2017. During this event, we will join our voices as a passionate community to inspire learning, hope, and innovation. Here experts, parents, caregivers, educators, paraprofessionals, mental health professionals, service providers, and individuals on the spectrum will have a platform to connect, collaborate, advocate, and educate. The conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place and will feature the 3rd annual AuSM Gala celebration, Oh, the AuSM Places We'll Go!, on April 29. Registration for this Minnesota autism community event of the year is open. Click here for more information about keynote speakers, breakout sessions, exhibitors, registration, and more. 

Feb
10

Special needs and siblings AuSM Skillshop on Feb. 21

SiblingsPlayJoin us for an AuSM Skillshop on Feb. 21 from 7-9 p.m. as AuSM therapist Jennifer Reinke, PhD, LAMFT, CFLE presents "Special Needs & Special Sibs: A Family AuSM Skillshop" at the Academy of Whole Learning in St. Louis Park. Dr. Reinke will discuss the unique challenges, rewards, and dynamics experienced by families impacted by a variety of special needs. Special emphasis will be placed on the experiences and needs of siblings (ages 10+) who have a brother or sister with special needs. Though siblings with autism may attend, this AuSM Skillshop is tailored for parents and neurotypical siblings. Childcare will not be provided. Siblings may attend at no charge with a paid, participating parent or caregiver. Click here for more information and to register.

Feb
08

AuSM Annual Meeting Feb. 27

logoThe Autism Society of Minnesota's annual meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at AuSM's office, 2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114. During the meeting, we will review AuSM’s 2016 accomplishments and discuss plans for 2017. The annual meeting is open to AuSM members who want to learn more. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Feb. 23 so we can plan for seating.

Feb
06

Tacos and motorcycles raise funds to support AuSM programs

JoeyTacoFeed2017AuSM friends at Joey's Ride have been busily planning the exciting 9th annual 2017 ride and a March taco feed at Tin Cup's in St. Paul. The March 25 Taco Feed for Autism will include special $2 deep fried tacos, raffles, and games. The feed is open to all families and individuals who want to support the Minnesota autism community. Joey's Ride will take place on May 6, 2017. Registration opens at 9 a.m. at Indian Motorcycle of the Twin Cities MN and will include a fun ride followed by a celebration at Tav on the Ave in St. Paul. Click here for more information and to register for Joey's Ride 2017. All proceeds from the taco feed and ride will support AuSM's programs and services by those affected by autism in Minnesota.

Jan
30

2017 summer camps and social skills classes registration open

NewSummer2017CvrSummer activities abound – swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, geocaching, science, filmmaking, horseback riding, music, yoga, theater, bonfires, and more. Everyone deserves the chance to take advantage of all summer has to offer. AuSM Social Skills classes and AuSM Camps provide these opportunities – each one tailored to give youth and adults with autism a fun, safe, and exciting experience while they increase self-esteem, expand knowledge, and build friendships that last a lifetime. AuSM also welcomes individuals with other learning differences who can benefit from skills including sensory integration, executive functioning, theory of mind, selfregulation, and emotional regulation. Explore the 2017 AuSM Summer Activities catalog and discover ideas for summer adventure. Registration for AuSM Camps and AuSM Social Skills Classes opens today.

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