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2018 AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit

SelfAdvocacy2018LogoWEBSept. 22, 2018

The first annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit presented by Anime Twin Cities will take place Sept. 22, 2018 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.

Sartell Autism Workshop

therapyfamilyAutism Supports, Strategies, and Resources Workshop

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Join the Autism Society of Minnesota, Arc Midstate, Opportunity Matters, and WACOSA for this informative autism information share. Sessions will feature topics including autism 101, executive function, mental illness, positive supports, behavior strategies, and life planning. Lunch is included with registration. Coffee, tea, and water also will be provided. This workshop has been made possible in part by a generous grant from Voigt's.

Two concurrent autism training sessions for first responders will be offered during the Autism Supports, Strategies, and Resources Workshop. Participants in those training sessions will be invited to join workshop participants for lunch where they can meet with the community and learn more about working with individuals with autism.

Click here for a complete workshop schedule with session descriptions.

Sartell Community Center
850 19th St. S.
Sartell, MN 56377

General Registration: $20
Person with ASD: $15

firefighterwebAutism Emergency Preparedness Training

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
Session 1 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Session 2 (1:30-3:30 p.m.)


The Autism Society of Minnesota, in partnership with Arc Midstate, Opportunity Matters, and WACOSA, invites you to participate in one of two sessions tailored to provide strategies for helping individuals with autism in emergency situations.

Click here for the Autism Emergency Preparedness Training flyer.

Training Objectives
Receive general introduction to autism.
Learn about the characteristics of autism as manifested in children, teenagers, and adults.
Understand how to interpret the behavior of those on the spectrum.
Obtain strategies for communication and behavior management of those with autism in likely emergency response situations.

Who Should Attend?
Police officers, firemen, EMTs, paramedics, security workers, ER and trauma workers, crisis team members, social workers, correctional officers, school safety officers, bus drivers. *POST CEUs and certificates of attendance will be available. 

Sessions will be held concurrent with the Autism Supports, Strategies, and Resources workshop for parents, caregivers, support professionals, and individuals with autism. Session participants are welcome to join workshop participants for lunch and a panel discussion presented by individuals on the spectrum and parents following the Emergency Preparedness Session 1 or prior to the Emergency Preparedness Session 2. The lunch will be a great time to meet community members and to share valuable insight on working together in support of positive interactions. These training sessions have been made possible in part by a generous grant from Voigt's.

Sartell Community Center
850 19th St. S.
Sartell, MN 56377

Free of charge, but registration is required.

AuSM Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation: If a workshop is cancelled or postponed, AuSM will attempt to notify you via phone, using the phone number provided with your registration. We also will post notice of cancellations and postponements on www.ausm.org.

Cancellation by registrant: Refunds less a $15 processing fee will be given for cancellations received in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. seven business days prior to the start of the workshop. Following this date, no refunds will be given. Requests for transfer of registration to another individual will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Cancellation by program organizer: AuSM reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to low registrations or other circumstances that make the workshop non-viable. If AuSM cancels a workshop, registrants will be offered a full refund. If the workshop is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same workshop at the new, future date.