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  • AuSM Mission

    Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement.
  • Be AuSM to the Max

    Give to the Max Day, Minnesota's state-wide day of giving is Nov. 17, 2016. Every dollar collected will be used support AuSM's programs and services for our AuSM community. We are pleased to announce that the Mud Rhythm Race Series has generously offered a $3,000 match donation for Give to the Max Day. Double your donation on Nov. 17!

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  • AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services

    The AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services team works in partnership with you to develop a plan based on your needs.

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  • Social Skills Classes

    AuSM social skills classes foster confidence and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends and have fun.

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  • Training Tailored for Organizations and Businesses

    AuSM provides a variety of continuing education options for parents, caregivers, educators, direct support staff, business professionals, organizations, individuals with autism, and the community. Experienced educators present on topics that align with your interests and serve to enhance your life.

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  • Uniting the Community Events

    In partnership with area businesses and organizations, AuSM is pleased to offer monthly opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments.

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Sold-out Attwood workshop brings learning and laughter

Tonyweb16More than 300 parents, educators, therapists, direct support staff, and other professionals filled the Schulze Grand Atrium on the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus Oct. 19 and learned and laughed as Dr. Tony Attwood presented "An Aspie's Guide to Life's Challenges".

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all who participated in this exciting educational opportunity. Special thanks to our sponsors: Hampshire Country School, the Sundance Family Foundation, Minnesota Life College, Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC, the Focus In Neurodevelopment - FIND Network, Plymouth Psych Group, and AuSM Board Member Larry Moody.

TonyCrowdweb16AuSM has more exciting workshops coming up in November in December, with locations including Duluth and St. Cloud. Click here for more information.


AuSM offers Beyond Sex Ed class for adolescents with autism

couplesgroupwebIn AuSM’s Beyond Sex Ed course, students with autism ages 13-18 will learn how to manage privacy, boundaries, and infatuations to help them live healthy, create positive relationships, and be safe. Topics will include puberty, private versus public, unwanted affection, intimacy and dating, body boundaries, and consent. Instructors will tackle nuanced and complex issues by building upon more simple, concrete concepts. Classes will run for six Mondays beginning Nov. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul.

Prior to registering their son or daughter for Beyond Sex Ed, parents/caregivers should contact AuSM's education department at 651.647.1083 to learn more about the class and to determine if it is the right fit for their child. If the class is a good fit, AuSM's education department will provide a registration link.


Kindling Workshop for Entrepreneurs Nov. 12

KindlingWkshp2016On Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., join AuSM, Autism Works, and Celebrate Edu for a fun, interactive workshop that introduces the idea of entrepreneurship and teaches the basics of starting a business. During this workshop for individuals with autism ages 18+, meet a local entrepreneur, discover your entrepreneurial traits, and understand the key elements of a business venture. Also work in small groups to design a popcorn business, determining customers, competitors, and competitive advantage. The workshop, held at AuSM in St. Paul, is $15 per participant and includes lunch. Click here for more information and to register today.


AuSM Skillshop helps you navigate the IEP or 504 Plan

momchildwebAuSM Skillshops are mini-workshops designed for individuals with autism and their parents, family members, caregivers, support staff, therapists, educators, and anyone who supports individuals affected by autism.

October 25, 2016 from 7-9 p.m.
Accommodations & Modifications: Navigating the IEP or 504 Plan
Presenter: Mary Beth Kelley, MA
Location: Fraser, Eden Prairie

Staff often have to create accommodations or modifications for students they are working with at school, or parents want to suggest accommodations for their child, but the terms can be confusing. Review definitions and differences of frequently used terms and gather examples of specific accommodations and modifications. Obtain a framework to help brainstorm new ways to assist students in the classroom. Click here for more information and to register.

Note: The Oct. 16 Special Needs & Special Sibs AuSM Skillshop scheduled for Oct. 16 in Eden Prairie has been postponed until Feb. 21, 2017 and will be held at Academy of Whole Learning. Click here for more information and to register.


Registration open for Minnesota Special Hockey

MNSpecHockey2016Minnesota Special Hockey is an adapted ice hockey program for players of all ages with developmental disabilities. This organization exists to enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities through increasing their personal development and self-confidence on and off the ice by: having fun, learning team work, gaining friendships, and increasing physical activity.

The program for boys and girls of all ages supports more than 180 hockey players on 10 teams across Minnesota (Alexandria, Blaine, Burnsville, Duluth, Edina, Moorhead, New Hope, Plymouth, Rogers, Woodbury). No previous hockey experience required, and Minnesota Special Hockey offers scholarships and can help find donated gear. The season begins Nov. 6 and all practices and games are on Sundays (during the day) through the end of February. Click here for more information and to register.


AuSM workshops travel to Duluth and St. Cloud

Social Safety: Strategies for Navigating Online and Offline


To fulfill our goal of offering increased autism resources throughout Minnesota, Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC, will present Social Safety: Strategies for Navigating Online and Offline in St. Cloud and Duluth this fall. In this workshop, participants will learn about the most important issues of social and emotional safety for pre-teens and teens. Common challenges will be discussed and strategies offered regarding navigating the hidden curriculum, bullying, and online safety. The Duluth workshop will be held Nov. 5 at Lake Superior College, and the St. Cloud workshop Nov. 19 at Calvary Community Church. The St. Cloud workshop is made possible in part by a grant from Voigt's Bus Companies and both workshops are supported in part by the Cub Cares Community Foundation. Click on the above links for additonal information and to register today.


Chris Ulmer to present at state autism conference

ChrisUlmerwebAuSM is pleased to announce Chris Ulmer, special education teacher, motivational speaker, and founder of Special Books by Special Kids, will be the Friday, April 28, 2017 keynote presenter at the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. Ulmer completes the event's expert-packed keynote line-up that includes autism community icon Temple Grandin, PhD; Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes; and Kerry Magro, award-winning disability advocate. Click here for more information and to view conference pricing. Registration will open in early 2017.

Call for Papers
Want to be included as a speaker at this important conference? AuSM is accepting presentation proposals through Nov. 14. Click here for more information.


Grandin, Silberman, Magro, Ulmer, and YOU

16-03-28-MN-Autism-Conf-v4Don't miss your chance to add your name to the list of presenters, including Temple Grandin, Steve Silberman, Kerry Magro, and Chris Ulmer, who will be speaking at the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. The conference's Call for Papers is open now through Nov. 14, 2016. Educators, parents, caregivers, siblings, therapists, direct support staff, and other professionals, submit your proposal today to present during the largest annual educational event for the Minnesota autism community on April 26-29, 2017.  Click here to download, complete, and submit the Call for Papers 2017 proposal form.

If you have questions about a presentation topic you'd like to propose, please contact AuSM's event staff at 651.647.1083 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Navigating Mental Health, School, and Social Safety

kidorangebackpackAuSM and the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) are partnering to offer a free workshop and resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. "Navigating Mental Health, School, and Social Safety" will be presented on Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Wilder Center in St. Paul. EFMN's presenters, Michael Zaccariello, PhD, LP and Katherine Nickels, MD, will speak about "Maximizing the Learning Potential". Participants will learn about specific learning disorders and how epilepsy and medications affect learning. AuSM presenter, Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC, will present "Social Safety: Strategies for Navigating Online and Offline", which will include a discussion about navigating the hidden curriculum, bullying, and online safety. The free half-day workshop includes lunch. Registration is required and space is limited. Click here for more information. Click here to register.