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AuSM jigsaw puzzle competition at Mall of America

2019PuzzleWEBPut your jigsaw puzzling passion to the test during the 2nd annual AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition held at the Mall of America Rotunda on Saturday, July 13. Gather your friends and family into teams of up to four that will compete for the fastest puzzle completion time. All proceeds support Autism Society of Minnesota programs and services for our local autism community. Prizes will be awarded in both the Adult and Family divisions to the teams completing their puzzle in the quickest time. Teams will keep their competition puzzle. Click here for more information and to register. Space is limited in both divisions.

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Puzzle art for the Family Division will be provided by Devin Wildes, a 24-year-old accomplished artist with autism who expresses himself vividly through art. He has won several Davinci Fest awards, a Midwest Region Emmy, and his art has premiered in local galleries in Stillwater, Minn. AuSM is honored to have Devin’s artwork featured in this year’s puzzle competition!


Join us for AuSM Golf Classic in August

ausm golf classic logo w 2019Take a Monday off from work and hit the greens in support of the local autism community on Aug. 5. Rolling hills, mature trees, and abundant wildlife provide the scenic backdrop for this challenging, yet approachable 18-hole course. The front nine, or the Queen’s Nine, was designed by Annika Sorenstam, and the back nine, known as the King’s Nine, was designed by Arnold Palmer. Click here for more information and to register your foursome today.


AuSM at Rock the Garden 2019

RTG19 Graphic 1AuSM is proud to have been selected as the Rock the Garden 2019 nonprofit partner. Held June 29 from 1-10 p.m. at the Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Rock the Garden is one of the biggest outdoor music festivals of the season! One day, two stages, eight bands. AuSM will have a tent at the event and will provide resources to all participants. We are pleased to be a part of this iconic summer festival! Click here for more information about Rock the Garden 2019.


June workshop in Austin: ASD and Transitioning to Adulthood

iStock 000014432495SmallOn June 13 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., join Autism Friendly Austin, the Autism Society of Minnesota, and the Hormel Historic Home for this informative autism workshop. Sessions will feature topics including Understanding Autism and Positive Behavior Support; Executive Function, Emotional Regulation, and De-escalation Strategies; and ASD and Employment. The workshop will take place at Hormel Historic Home in Austin, Minn. Click here for more information and to register.

Community Resource Tables Available
If you offer products or services for the autism community, we invite you to participate in this workshop as a resource table vendor. Vendor tables are $50. For more information and to reserve your space, please contact Robyn DeCourcy at the Autism Society of Minnesota at 651.647.1083 ext. 22 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Summer Symposium: Evidence-Based Practices for ASD in August

stockmeetingbwOn Aug. 8-9, 2019, engage with experienced professionals to enhance your practice with learners on the autism spectrum during the Summer Symposium. Held at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus, the Summer Symposium will include a content lecture examining developmental differences, linking challenges to educational needs and goals, and highlighting evidence-based practices that promote skill-building. Sessions also will include opportunity for small group breakouts for hands-on learning and knowledge share. Special educators, general educators, paraprofessionals, related-service providers, and administrators should plan to participate in this education-packed event. Click here for more information.



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.


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!