June 1, 2017        Connecting you with the Minnesota autism community.

A Note from Jonah Weinberg, Executive Director
Meaning "to participate" or "to join with others on a common activity", being involved can be a scary thought for some. The unpredictability of becoming involved sometimes is enough to cause a person to decide to "sit this one out".

At AuSM, we plan classes, camps, workshops, and more with the goal of making environments accommodating and inclusive so becoming involved is a positive decision. We want our community to feel welcome and not to miss out on valuable experiences. 

I'd like to invite you to get involved with the Minnesota autism community through AuSM's offerings this summer. 

Summer social skills classes include activities at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Stages Theatre Company, and other exciting venues around the cities. AuSM also has Duluth-based social skills classes at the Duluth Institute of Art, the Great Lakes Aquarium, and the Lake Superior Zoo. Summer sessions are filling quickly. Register as soon as possible to reserve a place at the sessions that interest you most.

AuSM support groups offer supportive, judgement-free environments where you can be yourself and share what makes you unique with your peers. These groups are offered throughout the summer months, and I encourage you to try one that fits your needs. 

If outings and entertainment appeal to you, please visit AuSM's Uniting the Community Events calendar on our website. This calendar is updated weekly, and many of the events we list are through partners who work with us to make environments friendly and accommodating.

If you're not sure where to start or want more information on a particular offering, give AuSM's Information and Resources team a call; we can help you navigate activities so you, too, can be involved in the most comfortable and fun way possible.

Have an AuSM day!

AuSM Executive Director
Flint Hills International Children's Festival Sensory-Friendly Showing
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Lab Theater (inside Lowry Building)
350 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55102

The Way Back Home Sensory-Friendly Performance

Experience an entertaining and interactive retelling of The Way Back Home, designed to be a welcoming and meaningful experience for youth with sensory, social and learning disabilities. When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake. The fuel tank is empty and the boy must execute a daring landing on the moon. But as it turns out, he is not alone up there. The Way Back Home uses puppets to tell a simple yet profound tale about friendship and conquering the fear of the unknown. This performance is part of the 2017 Flint Hills International Children's Festival, presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Cost: $8 per person in advance. "Pay what you can" day of the performance on a first-come, first serve basis and subject to availability.  Click here for more information.

Be sure to visit AuSM in the free activity tented area in Rice Park (just outside of the Ordway). AuSM will have a resource table and autism awareness fortune teller activity for individuals and families from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4.
Safe Summer Nights
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
5-7 p.m.
Bridgeview School
350 Colborne St. S.
St. Paul, MN

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". 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. For more information, contact the St. Paul Police Community Engagement Unit at 651.266.5485.
SUMMER  Social Skills Classes 
AuSM Social Skills classes provide  youth and adults with autism a fun, safe, and exciting experience while they increase self-esteem,  expand knowledge, and build friendships that last a lifetime. AuSM also welcomes individuals with other learning  differences who can benefit from skills including sensory integration, executive functioning, theory of mind, self-regulation,  and emotional regulation.

Summer work opportunities available: AuSM summer camps need YOU! 
AuSM is looking for camp counselors interested in getting direct support experience, learning and practicing strategies, and gaining awareness of the unique challenges that individuals with autism experience each day. If you are interested in a career in the healthcare field, in education, or in working with individuals on the spectrum (e.g. nursing, education, special ed., speech therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, and more), this is a great opportunity for you.

Counselors are needed for the following sessions:
  • Session 1: June 25-30, 2017 (Males 19-21, Females 18+) *Training June 23-24
  • Session 3: Aug. 6-11, 2017 (Males 22+) *Training Aug. 4-5
22nd Annual AuSM Golf Classic 
Participate in the 22nd Annual AuSM Golf Classic at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wis. on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Take a break from the humdrum of a regular Monday and have fun hitting the links in support of AuSM's mission of enhancing the lives of individuals touched by autism in Minnesota. Golfing foursomes will enjoy 18 holes of golf on the pristine Troy Burne course; a complimentary cart (one per two golfers); entry into contests and games; lunch; and an awards dinner. Click here for more information and to register today.

Become a Sponsor
AuSM is looking for businesses interested in promoting their support of the Minnesota autism community. Share your business message with our 130+ golfers who want to make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism. Sponsorships range from $200 to $5000+. Click here for more information on how to become a part of this fun event.
9th Annual Ride for Hope 
The 9th Annual Ride for Hope will take place on Saturday, July 29, 2017 and will begin at 8 a.m. at the American Legion in Zimmerman, Minn. Ride for Hope is an annual motorcycle ride started by Chris & Marna Bame, owners of Lube-Tech, Inc., and Robin and Ray Baker, Lube-Tech employees. 100% of funds raised go to the Autism Society of Minnesota. Activities throughout the ride include a silent auction, mystery bags, and scavenger hunt. Rider registration and breakfast from 8-9:15 a.m.; kick stands up at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $35 per bike/vehicle, and $15 per passenger. Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM Skillshops

Sept. 19, 2017
7-9 p.m.
Law & Order: ASD
Presenter: Barb Luskin, PhD, LP
Location: AuSM in St. Paul

Studies show that people with autism are seven to 12 times more likely to interface with law enforcement and the criminal justice system than their neurotypical peers. Social and communication challenges can lead to misunderstandings. Whether it's a misunderstanding or not, having positive response strategies is imperative. Learn about common scenarios involving individuals with autism and how to advocate and support them through the legal process.


Sept. 26, 2017
7-9 p.m.
My Child Has Autism: Do I?
Presenter: Beth Pitchford, MA
Location: AuSM in St. Paul

Your child was diagnosed with autism, and you recognize some of his or her traits reflected in yourself. Do you wonder if you, too, could be on the autism spectrum? Is it important to get a formal diagnosis? :earn about the heritabilty of autism, adult diagnosis, parent with autism, and the importance of understanding your needs as a parent.


The 2017-2018 AuSM Skillshop schedule will be announced in August.
FALL Autism Direct Support Certification registration open
AuSM's Autism Direct Support Certification Program is designed for professionals who work with individuals with autism or who want to better provide service to those with autism spectrum disorder. This in-depth, 15-hour course will give practical solutions for working with people on the spectrum. 

Who should participate?
  • Job Coaches
  • Support Staff
  • Personal Care Attendants (PCAs)
  • EIDBI Tier 3 Providers
  • Educational Aides
  • Direct Support Personnel
  • Group Home Staff
  • Day Training and Habilitation Professionals
  • Anyone who works directly with individuals with autism
Summer 2017 Session - FULL
Mondays from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
June 12-16, 2017

Fall 2017 Session
Fridays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sept. 15, 22, 29, and Oct. 6, 13, 2017

Ask the Therapist monthly e-mail from AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services
AuSM sends out a monthly "Ask the Therapist" e-mail where AuSM's therapists answer questions submitted by the Minnesota autism community.   Click here   to read the "Ask the Therapist" archive. To submit a question, e-mail   info@ausm.org .

Information and Resources
Uniting the Community Events
Autism Society of Minnesota | 651.647.1083 | info@ausm.org |   www.ausm.org

Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) 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. AuSM does not sell or share the contact information of our members, volunteers, donors or supporters.

Autism Society of Minnesota, 2380 Wycliff St. #102,  St. Paul, MN 55114