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    An Aspie's Guide to Life's Challenges

    October 19, 2016

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AuSM goes to Africa with University of Wisconsin Stout

EllieAfricawebOn May 7, 20 students from the University of Wisconsin Stout campus in Menominee, Wis. will be traveling to South Africa for a three-week study in autism and intervention in another place, another culture. Dr. Jennifer Reinke from the UWS Human Development and Family Studies Department and Ellie Wilson from AuSM will oversee the travel and volunteer experience of the undergraduate students of varying majors, backgrounds, and experience as they support children and young adults on the spectrum in three major sites in Durban and Cape Town. The students have spent the semester learning about autism and the formal and informal evidence-based supports they can provide while abroad. Participants look forward to an in invaluable learning opportunity that will help further understand the connection between behavior, disorder, culture, and services. Watch AuSM's website for Ellie's updates from Africa.


Thank you, conference and gala participants

The 21st Annual Minnesota Autism Conference was a great success, providing 35 expert-led sessions, exhibitors featuring products and services for the autism community, the AuSM Bookstore, and opportunity for our community to come together to share stories, strategies, and camaraderie. Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, AuSM's second annual gala held on April 29 provided time for fun and entertainment. Thank you to sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, speakers, and participants for making the conference and gala experiences informative and rewarding.

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  • AuSM at the DoubleTree in St. Louis Park for the 21st Annual Minnesota Autism Conference.
  • The AuSM Bookstore was a popular destination during AuSM's conference.
  • Wednesday evening keynote speakers, Amy Esler, Jason Wolff, and Jed Ellison, present "Unlocking the Brain: How Autism Research Is Increasing Early Intervention".
  • Thursday morning's keynote session, "First Do No Harm", was presented by Glenis Benson, PhD.
  • Authors Diane Kennedy and Rebecca Banks Cull on WCCO's noon news talking about their keynote presentation, "Bright, Not Broken: Ensuring the Best Future for Our Brightest Minds."
  • Rebecca Banks Cull and Diane Kennedy present "Bright Not Broken" for Thursday evening's keynote session.
  • Barry Prizant, PhD presents "Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism" to a full ballroom. Prizant discussed the importance of building and nurturing a sense of identity in people with autism.
  • AuSM's second annual gala celebration featured fantastic food, drinks, games of chance and mystery, and a silent auction. Guests also celebrated five individuals in our community who serve as true inspirations: Sherrie Kenny, Kari Dunn Buron, Dawn Steigauf, Grace Pierce, and Brenda Karpen.


Toilet Training Challenge offered May 19 at St. David's

toilettrainingwebToilet Training Challenge, an AuSM Skillshop held on May 19 from 7-9 p.m. at St. David's Center in Minnetonka, will be taught by Anne Dudley. Toilet training individuals with ASD can be a daunting challenge, but it is a critical life skill. Understand the unique autism learning style, select motivating reinforcers and obtain a step-by-step method to address toileting issues across the range of the spectrum. Participants are encouraged to bring specific toileting challenges to problem solve, no matter the age of the individual. Click here for more information and to register.


MN Twins raise autism awareness on June 5

twinslogoMajor League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins, and AuSM have teamed up to offer discounted tickets to the June 5 Twins game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Join us to cheer on the Twins with your family and friends and enjoy all that Target Field has to offer. Participate in a special pre-game parade to raise autism awareness! Click here for more information and to order tickets by May 20.


AuSM proudly presents Professor Tony Attwood

AttwoodPhoto2016AuSM is pleased to present Professor Tony Attwood for a full-day fall workshop event on Oct. 19: "An Aspie's Guide to Life's Challenges: Unlocking Tools for Resilience in a Complex World". Join AuSM for this rare opportunity to learn from world-renowned speaker and autism expert, Tony Attwood, who will share his insights and strategies for navigating emotions, adolescence, relationships, and employment. The fall workshop will take place at the Schulze Grand Atrium at the University of St. Thomas School of Law Minneapolis Campus. Register today to be a part of this unique event for parents, caregivers, educators, psychologists, therapists, direct support professionals, and individuals with autism. Click here for more information and to register.