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AuSM Golf Classic 2018: beautiful day for autism community

GolfGroup2018WEBThe 2018 AuSM Golf Classic took place yesterday at Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo. Celebrating the event's first time back in Minnesota in years, 116 golfers converged in the sunshine on the brand new course; enjoyed lunch sponsored by Chipotle and dinner sponsored by Fox Sports North; participated in games including closest to the pin, the pink ball challenge, silent auction, and a raffle; had fun with cigars rolled by Cigars International and specialty cocktails from Crooked Water Spirits; and generously gave to support programs and services for our local autism community. Special thanks to Clubhouse Sponsor, Built on Bravery, and Eagle Sponsors: Allegra Downtown St. Paul, Family Innovations, Ken Peterson and The Ponds Golf Course, and McNellis and Asato, Ltd. Thanks also to our Golf Cart Sponsors, Merrill Lynch Lafferty & Associates and the Minnesota Autism Center; Driving Range Sponsor, Actuarial Advisors, Inc.; and our many Hole Sponsors and silent auction donors. AuSM is grateful to Royal Golf Club, our golf planning committee, and the many volunteers who helped make this event a success.


Free understanding autism classes available in 2018-2019

fathersonWEBThanks to the Hennepin County Autism Grant, AuSM will be offering its Understanding Autism and Best Strategic Practices class free of charge at AuSM's office in St. Paul throughout the next several months. Learn common characteristics of individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders. Obtain valuable insight on evidenced-based best practices to support people with autism and sensory processing sensitivities. Caregivers, parents, grandparents, group home and day program staff, Personal Care Attendants, and health care staff will benefit from this single-session class. Select the session that best fits your schedule. Though the classes are free, registration is required. For more information and to register, click here.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 from 1-3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


It's a sweet time to donate to support AuSM services

cupcakedonationsimage2018AuSM invites you to celebrate the person you love with autism by donating your age in dollars to support programs and services for the local autism community. Those donating $25 or more to AuSM from July 1-Aug. 15, 2018 will receive a coupon for a free cupcake from our cupcake partner, Wuollet Bakery! Not quite 25? Combine household ages to reach at least $25. Encourage your friends to match your donation of $25+ and enjoy your Wuollet Bakery cupcakes together! Donations above $25 are accepted and appreciated, too! Donate to AuSM and treat yourself!

WuolletBakeryLogoWEBClick here to donate to AuSM through our secure online donation page, or send your donation to AuSM, 2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114. Wuollet Bakery cupcake coupons will be mailed to donors of $25 or more and can be redeemed at any Wuollet Bakery location including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Edina, Robbinsdale, and Wayzata. Limit one cupcake coupon per donation. Thank you for supporting the local autism community!


AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit 2018 registration open

SelfAdvocacy2018LogoWEBThe first annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit presented by Anime Twin Cities will take place Sept. 22, 2018 at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus and will include a keynote presentation and nine breakout sessions featuring topics including mental health, executive functioning, sensory needs, employment, relationships, and more. This event is for adults with autism by adults with autism. In addition to gathering wisdom from life experiences by adults on the spectrum, collect resources from the AuSM Bookstore, network with peers, and visit with vendors who support adults on the spectrum. Click here for more information and to register.


Cool down at the Sensory-Friendly Hour at Waterworks

WaterworksLogoRamsey County is partnering with AuSM for sensory-friendly time at Battle Creek Waterworks on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The sensory-friendly time will include earplugs and a quiet place with fidget spinners and other toys. To help plan for attending, a social narrative and more information is available at this link: ramseycounty.us/waterworks.