For some adults on the spectrum, a challenge can be finding like-minded people who want to socialize.
For Surene Henderson and Laura Dettloff, that challenge is made even more difficult by the fact that, as women on the spectrum, they often feel out of place in groups dominated by men.
“Autism presents really differently in women than in men,” Henderson explains. “The way autism is talked about in the media is so guy-centric and kid-centric that adult women get lost. It’s so different to be diagnosed as an adult woman.”
Youth and young adults ages 11-20 with autism, intellectual, or other disabilities are invited to participate in a free day of fun on July 27 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). "A Musical Day with Mia" will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will include a tour of Mia, including the Migrations and Now Where Were We? exhibits. Participants also will play music games with Toneworks Music Therapy and make their own art creation with a Mia instructor. This class is funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Space is limited. Click here for more information and to register.
A great and determined group of kids and their caregivers converged on the AuSM parking lot Tuesday night as they received bike riding tips and strategies from expert cyclist Alex Uhler. Uhler shared a number of tips for successful bike riding including purchasing the correct equipment, making bike adjustments, breaking down riding into smaller steps, clothing protection, practice makes perfect pedaling, staying positive and patient, and working toward the sense of independence and accomplishment that your child will experience when learning to ride his or her own bike. Click here for a bike riding tip resource.
AuSM is pleased to be working with Twin Cities Pride to offer an "Escape Zone" during the 2017 Pride Festival on June 24 and 25. Individuals with sensory needs at the festival can stop by the tent for air conditioning, quiet, and fidgets. Twin Cities Pride will take place in Loring Park in Minneapolis and there is no cost to participate in this large festival. Click here for more information about Twin Cities Pride.
Please join the St. Paul Police Department, Saint Paul Public Schools, and Saint Paul Parks and Recreation for a special edition of Safe Summer Nights, "St. Paul 4 Kids" on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Bridgeview School in St. Paul. The event will include a picnic-style barbecue cookout for children with special needs and their families and caregivers, face painting, a jump house, the K9 unit, mounted patrol, motors unit, and more. Cost: FREE. Click here for more information.