AuSM and Twin Cities PBS invite the Minnesota autism community to participate in a sensory-friendly Second Saturdays at TPT event on Oct. 8 from 9-10 a.m. Participants will meet Arthur; enjoy some coffee, juice, and snacks; play in the park; and watch PBS Kids on the big screen. This is a free "Uniting the Community" event, but registration is required. Click here for more information.
AuSM 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.
The voting season is upon us, and Minnesota residents who are 18 and older have the right to vote. Learn about the voting process when you join AuSM for a FREE voting workshop lead by Cindi Jarvi from the Minnesota Disability Law Center on Sept. 22 from 6-7 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul. Topics will include: eligibility requirements, registering to vote, how voting works, and accessibility. Click here for more information and to register.
The AuSM education team has been working tirelessly for the past several months to put together a robust schedule of social skills classes, AuSM Skillshops, Life with Autism Series dates, AuSM Autism Direct Certification classes, and much, much more. Printed AuSM Education 2016-2017 catalogs will be arriving in mailboxes within the next couple of weeks; however, you can view the online version and start registering for classes and programs today. Click here to view the complete catalog online.
Communication comes in many forms. For some on the autism spectrum, verbal communication is a challenge. However, one young man with autism found through music a way not only to communicate, but also to touch the hearts and souls of those around him, enriching lives through his talent.
Special Olympics Minnesota, the Autism Society of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Police invite you to a fall fun day for communities serving children with autism on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 from 1-5 p.m. at the Minneapolis Police Special Operations Center. Families will have the opportunity to meet other families affected by autism, build relationships with local emergency responders, try a new sport with Special Olympics Minnesota, and access autism resources from the Autism Society of Minnesota. Activities will be set up and staffed to accommodate children with autism and their siblings, ages 6 and up. This event is free, but registration is required. Click here for more information and to get registered.
The Call for Papers for the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is open now through Nov. 14, 2016. AuSM is opening the Call for Papers process earlier than usual to allow more time for submissions. The deadline also has been moved up to November instead of January so the conference schedule can be made available in early 2017. Submit your proposal to present during this largest annual educational event for the Minnesota autism community. The Minnesota Autism Conference Education Committee will evaluate proposals and contact those who submit proposals by Dec. 20, 2016. Click here to download, complete, and submit the Call for Papers 2017 proposal form.
The 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will take place April 26-29, 2017. In addition to opening the Call for Papers 2017, AuSM's events team is working on securing keynote presenters for this educational event of the year for the Minnesota autism community. Keynote speakers in 2017 will include autism community icon, Temple Grandin, PhD (photo courtesy Rosalie Winard); Steve Silberman, best-selling author of Neurotribes (photo courtesy Keith Karraker); and Kerry Magro, award-winning disability advocate. More details and speakers will be announced soon and registration will be open in February 2017.
AuSM 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.