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Special Needs Open House at the Minnetonka Fire Department

MinnetonkaFireEvent2018Oct. 27, 2018
9:30-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Minnetonka Fire Station 1
14550 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Families with children who have physical disabilities, autism, and other sensory disorders are invited to participate. The vehicles will be “sensory friendly”, meaning no lights/no sirens. We will have fire trucks, an ambulance, and a police squad on display. Sparky will be there and free cookies will be served. We will have our 18 foot fire truck slide set up as well. AuSM will host a booth with resources for parents including information on free identification beacons. Cost: FREE. Click here to register: # 1201001-01 and 1201001-02 or call 952.939.8203.

Fish In a Tree at Stages Theatre Company

StagesFishTree2018Oct. 27, 2018
10 a.m.

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343

Sixth-grader, Ally, has been clever in covering up her inability to read. She feels her problem is hopeless because how can you cure dumb? Her newest teacher, Mr. Daniels, however, sees the bright and creative kid she hides and helps Ally see that her dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. This emotionally-charged and uplifting story highlights that everyone is more than a label and great minds don’t always think alike. Click here for more information and to order tickets.

Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Walker Art Center

WalkerLogoNov. 4, 2018
Dec. 9, 2018
8-11 a.m.

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Pl.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults with sensory processing differences or autism and their families, offering the opportunity to make art together, explore the galleries, watch a short film, or just hang out in a different setting. The galleries will be closed to all other visitors, allowing guests to enjoy the museum in a calm environment where accommodations such as quiet spaces, noise-canceling headphones, and fidgets are provided. Cost: FREE, but registration is encouraged. Click here to register.

Cheap Skate Sensory-Friendly Tuesdays

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Nov. 6, Dec. 4, 2018
6-9 p.m.

Cheap Skate
3075 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Cheap Skate is hosting “Sensory Skate and Bounce Nights” every first Tuesday of the month. Floor lights will remain on, there will not be special effect lighting, and the music will be at a lower volume. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcomed along with caregivers who wish to walk the skating floor to assist. Click here for more information.

During November, Cheap Skate will offer puzzle piece sales in support of AuSM's programs and services. The following will be given to participants who purchase a puzzle piece:

$1.00 donation – Name on puzzle piece displayed in rink entry/exitway
$5.00 donation – Name on puzzle piece displayed in rink entry/exitway + Free Skating or Bouncing admission ticket. (up to a $6.99 value)
$20.00 donation – Family Name on puzzle piece displayed in rink entry/exitway + 4 Free Skating AND Bouncing admission tickets with rental. (up to a $51.99 value)

Back-to-Back Autism Events in Rochester

rtaaf bannerNov. 9-10, 2018

The RT Autism Awareness Foundation is pleased to offer back-to-back events for the local autism community.

Nov. 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. at RCTC Hill Theater: "Deej", a screening of the award-winning documentary about a non-speaking young autistic man, D.J. Savarese, who pursues his dream of attending college and advocating for autistic civil rights. D.J. Savarese will be present for a question/answer discussion following the film. Tickets: $5 per person.

Nov. 10, 2018 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 125 Live in Rochester: The Southeastern Minnesota Autism Symposium. This event will feature a full day of educational events and discussion about autism and community inclusion. Keynote presenters are D.J. Savarese and author Ralph Savarese. Tickets: $20 (general); $10 (individuals with ASD and caregivers); Optional Lunch Purchase: $10 (Catering by Canadian Honker)

Click here to register for one or both events.