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October 2013 advocacy update

Town Hall Forum
AuSM cohosted a MN Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) town hall forum in St. Paul on Oct. 10. More than 80 people attended to speak with legislators and representatives about the link between poverty and disability

ASD Advisory Council
The MN Department of Human Services is re-convening the ASD Advisory Council that completed its work in January 2013. The initial meeting will be on Oct. 22 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the E.L. Anderson Building in downtown St. Paul. Guests are welcome to observe, but will not participate. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the new autism intervention benefit that was created during the last legislative session. Jean Bender will represent AuSM at this and future meetings. If you have questions, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Arc MN Conference
AuSM Board members Larry Moody and Jean Bender will present a workshop titled, “Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Skills Development” at The Arc MN conference on Nov. 1-2. For more information about the conference focused on raising expectations and achieving goals and dreams, please click here.