Due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic and in accordance with guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Autism Society of Minnesota is postponing the 25th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference, previously scheduled for April 29-May 2 and the AuSM Gala, scheduled for May 1.
AuSM’s staff and board have been diligently reviewing spring offerings, acknowledging that changes are challenging, both for our community and for us. However, the safety and well-being of our community, staff, volunteers, speakers, and partners is a priority, and we feel the postponements will not hinder our dedication to advocacy, education, support, collaboration, and community-building.
AuSM is working with the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest to reschedule both the conference and gala for fall 2020. Over the next week, AuSM will be reaching out to all conference registrants, speakers, volunteers, sponsors, advertisers, and partners with additional information about the postponement. We appreciate your patience as we continue to solidify plans for rescheduling these events, and we value your continued support of AuSM.
More details will be available soon on AuSM's website.
Due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, the Autism Society of Minnesota office in St. Paul will be closed to walk-in visitors. AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services clients will be contacted regarding appointments over the next few days. For safety, most AuSM staff will be working remotely and corresponding via phone and e-mail.
AuSM values the health and well-being of our community. We actively are monitoring the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for guidelines, guidance, and updates regarding COVID-19/coronavirus and will communicate frequently over the coming days.
Join AuSM for a fun day of puzzling and community during the 3rd Annual AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition held July 11 in the TCF Rotunda at Mall of America. Teams of up to four people will compete in the 500-Piece and 1,000-Piece competition divisions. All ages and abilities are welcome to puzzle with us! $50 team registration fees support programs and services for the local autism community. New in 2020 will be an added autism resource fair held in the Mall of America's Northeast Court from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Plan to gather resources and have fun during the puzzle competition! Puzzles for the 2020 competition will be provided by PuzzleTwist. Click here for more information and to register.
With a national prevalence rate of 1 in 59 and Minnesota's prevalence rate of 1 in 42, autism is the fastest growing disability. Everyone knows someone who is touched by autism. Since 1971, AuSM has been committed to enhancing the lives of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. AuSM serves Minnesotans, throughout their lives, with a fundamental commitment to advocacy, education, support, collaboration, and community building. Every dollar raised for AuSM directly benefits the Minnesota autism community through programs and services tailored to the needs of families, individuals, educators, professionals and beyond. AuSM is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax-deductible.
What can you do?
April is National Autism Acceptance Month, a special opportunity for businesses and organizations to show their support for the autism community. AuSM invites businesses and organizations to partner with us in April to increase autism acceptance.
Click here to join us as an AuSM Autism Awareness Month Partner in 2020.