May 15, 2017        Connecting you with the Minnesota autism community.

A Note from Jonah Weinberg, Executive Director
The warmer weather and mid-May calendar date proves that summer is approaching quickly. Have you made plans for June, July, and August yet? If not, AuSM has some ways to help fill your days.

AuSM's residential summer camps are full; however, we still have a few openings in Wahode, our summer day camp program. Youth ages 6-12 are encouraged to take on this adventure that features activities including swimming in an outdoor pool, horseback riding, use of a ropes course and climbing tower, group games, hiking, sensory crafts, and music.

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 continue through the summer months as well. We encourage you to find one that meets your needs. And, if outings and entertainment are more of what you're considering in the summer months, please visit AuSM's Uniting the Community Events calendar on our website. This calendar is updated weekly, and there are many exciting events happening in the coming months.

If you're not sure where to start, give AuSM's Information and Resources team a call; we can help you navigate offerings and plan for some summer fun.

Have an AuSM day!

AuSM Executive Director
An Introduction to Providing Patient-Centered Care to Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

May 23, 2017
8-10 a.m.

La Clinica Community Room
153 Cesar Chavez St.
St. Paul, MN 55107 

The Health Professions Autism Network asks you to invite the health care professionals in your life to a kick-off event that will offer networking and education on how to better serve our growing autism population.

Presentation learning outcomes include: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across the lifespan; identifing challenges in the health care setting for individuals with ASD and their families; and strategizing methods to provide patient-centered care in the attendee's own health setting. Presenters: Laurie "Chet" Tschetter, Education Program Manager, and Lucas Scott, Education Specialist, Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM). Cost: $30 - Health Professionals; $15 - Federally Qualified Health Center Employees, Autism Society of Minnesota Members, and Students.  Click here to download a flyer to invite your health care professionals to attend.

Businesses offer scholarships for post-secondary students with autism
Five Arizona and California-based law firms and one dentist have teamed up to offer six $1,000 scholarships to post-secondary students with autism. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a direct tuition payment to the educational institution chosen by the winning applicant. This could be a university, college, junior college, trade school, or vocational school. You need not be enrolled in school at the time you submit your application, but the funds must be used within one year after the date of the award. You can apply for all six scholarships. The six scholarships are being donated by Black Wynn Personal Injury Lawyers, the Feldman Law Firm, the Kelly Law Team, the Law Office of David P. Shapiro, RJT Criminal Defense, and Dentistry by John Barras. Application submissions are due by Feb. 15, 2018. For more information, click here.
SUMMER  Social Skills Classes and  Summer Camps
AuSM Social Skills classes and AuSM Camps 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.

Registration is open!


Twin Cities Summer Social Skills Classes

Duluth Summer Social Skills Classes

AuSM SUMMER CAMPS (must be an AuSM Member to register and participate)

Wahode (ages 6-12, day)  A few openings remain in both sessions.
Hand in Hand (ages 9+, residential)  All sessions are FULL.
Discovery (ages 10-25, residential)  All sessions are FULL.
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
  • Session 4: Aug. 13-18, 2017 (Males 9-14, Females 9-17) *Training Aug. 11-12
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.
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

May 16, 2017 (Tomorrow)
7-9 p.m.
Guardianship: Do We Need It?
Presenter: Jason Schellack, Esq.
Location: Lionsgate Academy, North St. Paul

At age 18, an individual is legally considered an adult. Some individuals, however, aren't yet ready for all of the responsibilities of adulthood. Many individuals with ASD will continue to need assistance with their IEPs, transition services, making medical decisions, and applying for government benefits. To have legal authority to assist their adult children in these important areas, many parents and caregivers choose to establish legal guardianship. Learn about the legal process for obtaining guardianship and how you can qualify for free legal assistance. Also understand the powers and responsibilities guardians have under Minnesota law, and how successor guardians are chosen and appointed.


Sept. 19, 2017: Law & Order: ASD
Sept. 26, 2017: My Child Has Autism: Do I?

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 .

Information and Resources
Uniting the Community Events
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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.

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