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Come Celebrate the Magic Within during AuSM's 2018 gala

GalaInviteCropWebJoin us for "Celebrate the Magic Within", the Autism Society of Minnesota's 4th annual fundraising gala to be held April 27 from 6-10 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place. The enchanting evening will include food, drinks, games, silent and live auctions, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder. 2018 honorees include: Laroye “Lynn” Stansberry Brusnahan; Minnesota LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities); Kim Norton; Robert Waltz; and St. Paul Police Officer Robert Zink. Gala proceeds benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community. Tickets are on sale now! Click here for more information.


Participate in AuSM's exciting summer social skills classes

2018SummerCatalogCvrThough AuSM's day and residential camps are full, summer fun still is available through AuSM's social skills classes. Stretch your imagination and try something new! AuSM Social Skills classes are 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. Click on the above link to learn more about AuSM's classes with the Three Rivers Parks District, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, the Minnesota Zoo, Stages Theatre Company, ComedySportz, and more. AuSM also has two social skills classes available with the Great Lakes Aquarium and the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth! See what summer fun AuSM has in store for you!


Amazing morning of community at Steps of Hope 2018

HeroPoseWEBThank you so much to all of our Steps of Hope 2018 sponsors, volunteers, and participants who braved the rain and ice on March 4 to celebrate this AuSM community. The sponsor resource tables were a crowd favorite; K102's Mike Mussman kept participants pumped up; Miss Midwest, Kathryn Kueppers sang that national anthem; Mudonna posed for pictures, Anime Twin Cities superheroes and The Royal Sisterhood princesses welcomed and encouraged; Kwik Trip, Caribou Coffee, Cosmos Creations, and Bruegger's Bagels provided food and beverages; and the AuSM merchandise table was a fun place to find a fidget or two. What an amazing morning of coming together in support of each other and our local autism community. Thank you!


Free screening of "Deej" offered March 29 at Mia

DeejGraphic2018As a special precursor to National Poetry Month and Autism Awareness Month, AuSM, Rain Taxi, Unrestricted Interest, and Mia invite you to a special evening with a remarkable young poet named DJ Savarase. Held March 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, this event will include a screening of the film Deej, a question and answer session with DJ himself, and a short poetry reading. Abandoned by his birth parents and presumed incompetent, DJ (“Deej”) found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. The film Deej shows how he deals with high school and dreams of college, confronting society's obstacles to inclusion and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses along the way. As part of his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics he embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers what having a voice can truly mean.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as space is limited. Click here to register. 


Autism Society of Minnesota 2018 Annual Meeting

logoThe Autism Society of Minnesota's Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to invite you to AuSM's 2018 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 27 from 7-8 p.m. Prior to the meeting, Board and Staff will host a Meet and Greet Reception for members from 6-7 p.m. Click here to RSVP for the reception and/or annual meeting. The reception and meeting will take place at AuSM, 2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114.

6 p.m. Board and Staff Meet and Greet Reception
7 p.m. Welcome and Meeting Call to Order
7:05 p.m. State of AuSM report from Ellie Wilson, Executive Director; Officer Reports
7:35 p.m. New Business; Election of Officers; Bylaws Amendment
7:50 p.m. Announcements and Thank You to Outgoing Board Members
8 p.m. Meeting Adjourned


Join AuSM during spring 2018 membership drive

OnTown2017WEBAuSM 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 that help guide individuals with autism and those who support them. AuSM welcomes you to our community, a place where we will move forward together.

Become an AuSM Member by April 15 and your name will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to Celebrate the Magic Within on April 27. The gala will bring our community together for food, drinks, games, auctions, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. A $160 value!

Click here for more information and to become an AuSM member.


2018 state autism conference registration is open

2018ConfRegBrochCvrWEBRegistration for the 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is open. 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 feature four keynote speakers, Frank Campagna "Autism Daddy"; Jed Baker, PhD; Stephen Shore, PhD; and Leah Kuypers MA Ed, OTR/L; as well as 35 breakout sessions focused on a wide variety of topics important to our community.

JuliaStoryArtWebThis year's conference will begin with an exciting family celebration featuring Julia, the newest Sesame Street Muppet, a character who was created to increase awareness and understanding of autism. During Julia's AuSM Autism Celebration, meet walkaround Julia, visit resource tables, participate in sensory activities, and play games during this age and ability inclusive event.

Click here for more information and to register.


MLB and MN Twins Autism Awareness Day: June 3, 2018

twinslogoJoin AuSM for a fun day at Target Field as Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins celebrate Autism Awareness Day on June 3. Those purchasing game tickets through AuSM's unique link will have the opportunity to participate in an on-field parade before watching the Twins take on the Cleveland Indians. Ticket purchase through AuSM's link includes the pre-game parade, a seat at the game, and a $3 donation to the Autism Society of Minnesota. Cheer for the Twins while supporting those you love with autism! Tickets are $22 each and must be purchased by May 13, 2018. Click here to order your tickets today.


Celebrate birthdays with treats and games at AuSM

cupcakewebAuSM is pleased to announce the creation of a monthly birthday celebration and game night for adults with autism ages 18+. Birthdays are something we all have in common – let’s celebrate together! Come to AuSM to celebrate your birthday and the birthdays of others with cake and games. Bring a board or card game to play. AuSM will provide treats. Everyone is welcome, whether it’s your birthday or not! The cost is $3 per person, unless it's your birthday month, in which case registration is free. AuSM's next celebration will be on March 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul. Click here for more information and to register.