December 15, 2017        Minnesota's First Autism Resource.
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AuSM holiday hours
AuSM's office will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1 and will have limited in-office staff available Dec. 26-29, 2017. 

We wish you a safe holiday season and look forward to celebrating another year of resources, programs, services, and events for our local autism community in 2018!

Tips for inclusive holidays
While many happily anticipate the coming holiday season, families and individuals with autism also understand the challenges that may occur when schedules are disrupted and routines broken. Click on this link to the Autism Society of America's website to read 12 tips for making the holidays inclusive and enjoyable for all.
Year-end donations, tax savings
Despite being a small nonprofit organization that receives $0 in state funding for operations, AuSM's dedicated team works tirelessly to help fill gaps in services, to advocate for needed programs, and to serve as Minnesota's First Autism Resource. 

As 2017 draws to a close, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to AuSM. 100% of dollars donated to AuSM stay in Minnesota to educate, support, and advocate for all individuals affected by autism.  To make a tax-deductible, year-end gift before midnight on Dec. 31, please click here or mail your donation to AuSM, Attn: Year End Donations, 2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114.

How do your donated dollars help our community?
$10: Scholarship for an individual with autism to attend an AuSM Skillshop
$40: Cost to support a moderator during AuSM's Free Support Groups
$75: Eight AuSM Summer Camp T-shirts for eight participants
$140: Scholarship for a teacher to attend a full day at the 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference
$275: Scholarship for an individual with autism to participate in a session of AuSM On the Town
$500: Provide an autism training in greater Minnesota
$1,000: Scholarship for a child to attend AuSM Summer Camp

Thank you for considering a gift to enhance the lives of those affected by autism in Minnesota!
Super Fest captures excitement of Super Bowl LII and puts you on the field
AuSM is partnering with The Matthew Foundation, ESPN, and other local organizations to bring you an exciting, hands-on event on the eve of the Super Bowl, Saturday, Feb. 3.

Super Fest's purpose is to showcase inclusion and provide an opportunity for the developmental disability community to participate together with their peers and feel a part of the most festive football weekend of the year. 

Super Fest is a inclusive football clinic, cheerleading clinic, and scrimmage and features people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities participating together. The event culminates in a game day experience with the national anthem, player name announcements, scrimmage, and cheer performance.

Registration for Super Fest will open in early January. Please watch AuSM's website and your e-mail box for more information. This event is expected to fill quickly!  Click here for more information about Super Fest.
Learn how to become an advocate: AuSM SCHOLARSHIP opportunity
AuSM invites you to participate  in the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Advocacy Training workshop on Jan. 23 at the  MNDOT Cafeteria, 395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.
 
To fulfill its mission of advancing advocacy, AuSM is offering five scholarships to self-advocates who are interested in learning more about having their voices heard by Minnesota lawmakers.
 
This workshop will cover a dvocacy and why it is important, w hat issues are important, h ow to tell your story, and h ow to schedule and meet with your legislator and will include a dvanced sessions on connecting with the Department of Human Services, community living, and disability services.
 
To apply for an AuSM scholarship for this advocacy workshop, please submit your first name, last name, e-mail address, and a short paragraph (100 words or less) explaining why you would like to participate by Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 to ojames@ausm.org .
 
Those selected to receive scholarships also will be invited to AuSM in February to discuss implementing the techniques learned and next steps for building advocacy within our community.
Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2018 registration is open!
Are you ready for the ultimate autism community event of the year? Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2018 will be coming your way on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 8:30-11 a.m. Held at Southdale Center in Edina, Steps of Hope will feature the state's largest annual autism resource fair, fun games, the 2nd annual AuSM Flash Dash, and a huge opportunity to join this awesome community in raising dollars to support programs and services for those affected by autism in Minnesota.  Registration is open! Plan to participate and start rallying your team of AuSM fundraising heroes!

Fundraisers will receive one FREE limited edition Love Your Melon AuSM customized beanie for fundraising $125. Show your AuSM pride with this unique cap! Beanie supplies are limited. 

AuSM Social Skills Classes 
for Youth and Young Adults
Led by autism experts, AuSM social skills classes foster confidence and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends, interact with a group, practice socializing, and have fun - all while educators encourage participants to be themselves. Classes offer low-stress, accepting environments that promote learning and growth while celebrating neurodiversity.

AuSM Autism Direct Support Certification
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 course will give practical solutions for working with people on the spectrum. This program is offered once per season.

Winter Session - A few spaces remain!
Saturdays
Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2018
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Life With Autism Series
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AuSM's Life with Autism Series offers information and strategies to parents, caregivers, family members, relatives, educators, and the community through engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Participants also learn about available services and resources.

Dates: Jan. 13
Cost: $25 for members, $40 for non-members

Dates: Feb. 24
Cost for one or two participants: $50 for members, $75 for non-members

Dates: Feb. 10
Cost for one or two participants: $50 for members, $75 for non-members

Dates: Mar. 10
Cost for one or two participants: $50 for members, $75 for non-members

Click on this button to register for a Life with Autism Series class.

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AuSM Skillshops

Jan. 23, 2018
7-9 p.m.
Beyond the Crystal Ball: Planning for the Future
Presenter: Allycia Wolff, The Arc Greater Twin Cities
Location: Autism Society of Minnesota

Planning is key to a secure, happy, and healthy future. Learn about the importance of planning for your loved one with a disability. An attorney who specializes in the disability field also will discuss estate issues that families need to consider.

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Coming Soon: 2018 AuSM Summer Activities Catalog!
Keep your eyes peeled on www.ausm.org and watch your mailbox for AuSM's 2018 Summer Activities Catalog, which will be available in January 2018. This catalog will be full of social skills classes, AuSM Summer Camps, and more! Registration will open for all summer activities on Jan. 29, 2018. 
Information and Resources
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. 

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