Jan. 15, 2019 News for the Minnesota autism community.
AuSM Featured Articles
Super Fest comes to the Twin Cities for second year; registration expected to sell out soon
Due to the huge success of The Matthew Foundation’s Super Fest 2018 event held before last year’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis, local organizations are planning Super Fest 2019 for Feb. 2, 2019 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Life Time Sport/Winter Park facility in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Hosted by Paul’s Pals, Super Fest 2019 will feature inclusive cheerleading and football clinics for youth of all abilities, ages 6-22. The event will include a visit from NFL football legends, NFL cheerleaders, Victor the MN Vikings mascot, and a game-day experience for participants to show off the skills they learn during the clinics.

Super Fest 2019 supporting organizations include Paul’s Pals, The Matthew Foundation, and the Minnesota Vikings along with the Autism Society of Minnesota, the Down Syndrome Foundation, Flagship Recreation, Fraser, Hope Fieldhouse, Mount Olivet Rolling Acres, and Washburn Center for Children.

Click here for more information and to register. This event is expected to sell out soon!

Volunteers also are needed to make this event a success. Click here for more information and to apply to volunteer.
Win MN Wild tickets for Steps for Autism in Minnesota fundraising
Steps for Autism in Minnesota , AuSM's 19th annual family fun walk and the state’s largest annual autism resource fair, will take place at Southdale Center on March 3, 2019.

In addition to being an awesome day of community, Steps for Autism is a fundraiser to support programs and services for those affected by autism in Minnesota. All dollars raised stay in the community and fund AuSM's innovative programs and services for individuals with autism, caregivers, direct service providers, professionals, and more.

Now is a great time to raise money for our community!

MN Wild Tickets! Fundraising Incentive Prize Drawings

  • Raise $250 by Feb. 1: be entered into a drawing to win 6 tickets to MN WILD game on March 3 at 6:30 p.m., includes 4 tickets to ride the Ice Cruiser during the first intermission
  • Register for the AuSM Flash Dash by Feb. 22: be entered into a drawing to win 6 tickets to MN WILD game on March 16 at 7 p.m., includes 4 tickets to ride the Ice Cruiser during the first intermission

And, don't forget the prizes that every team and individual is eligible for when they fundraise for local individuals affected by autism!

NEW! Tiered Fundraising Prizes: Raise the following amounts and win prizes:
$100: Steps for Autism 2019 T-shirt (One T-shirt per $100 raised, limit 5)
$250: AuSM Water Bottle
$500: AuSM Baseball Hat
$1,000+: AuSM Book Bag

St. Paul Winter Carnival features Vulcan Snow Park event in support of AuSM
St. Paul Winter Carnival organizers will host a Sensory-Friendly event at Vulcan Snow Park (located at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds) from 4-9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. Zoom down the giant snow slide, play on giant snow piles, and participate in or watch events. On Jan. 28, organizers will have lower lights and no overhead sound, and will have a dedicated sledding lane for families and individuals affected by autism.

Cost ranges from $2 per slide to $15 for unlimited slide rides. 10% of proceeds on Jan. 28 will support AuSM's programs and services for our local autism community.

It's almost time to register for some summer fun!
Packed with information on summer social skills programs, residential and daily camps, exciting event opportunities, and more, the  2019 AuSM Summer Activities Catalog  is available online now and will be dropping into mailboxes within the next two weeks.  Registration for AuSM Summer Camp and AuSM Social Skills programming opens at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28.  

Click on the AuSM Summer Camps links to get a preview!


Click on the AuSM Summer Social Skills class links to get a preview!

AuSM's newest guide promotes inclusivity
We're also pleased to be introduce AuSM’s Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota, a reference tool and planning guide for families and individuals with autism and other sensory sensitivities. Learn why sensory-friendly events and activities are important, how to make an event or activity sensory-friendly, read personal stories, and check out the calendar guide of sensory-friendly community events and activities to unite our community. This new guide will be mailed with the AuSM 2019 Summer Activities catalog. Click here to view the online version today.
Support the AuSM summer camp wish list
AuSM's camp directors have created an AuSM Summer Camp Wish List on Amazon to help improve the camp experience and better serve campers during the 2019 AuSM Summer Camp season. Wish list items range from $6 and up and can be shipped directly to AuSM. If you would like a tax form for your purchased wish list item, please provide your e-mail address in the gift memo field when you are purchasing. Also, when shopping on Amazon (for wish list items or otherwise!), please be sure to select AuSM as your Amazon Smile charity, and Amazon will give a percentage of your purchase to support our local autism community. Your generosity means so much to us and this amazing community we serve. Thank you! 
AuSM Education
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Adult Classes
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul is holding these two single-session classes for adults with autism, ages 18+, in January and February. Scholarships are available for participants.

Tropical Rain Forests on Jan. 26
Adaptations on Feb. 16

AuSM's spring social skills classes bring warmth during the cold
AuSM has a full line up of social skills classes for youth, teens, and adults with autism in the coming months. These activities are sure to keep you warm, even though the outside temps still might be chilly. Classes include a NEW  Tropical Rainforests class at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory  for teens in February;  Three Rivers Parks District Gale Woods Farm  classes for ages 8+ in April;  ComedySports Improv Skills  for ages 14-26 in April; and the NEW Toneworks Rockin' Springtime for ages 10-16 in May. AuSM also is offering a monthly  Book Club  for ages 14+ at the Wescott Library and a monthly  Birthday Celebration and Game Night  for ages 18+. Contact AuSM's education department at 651.647.1083 ext. 22 or  education@ausm.org  for further details, or click on the above links to get registered for some springtime fun today!
Life with Autism Series
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AuSM's Life with Autism Series offers information and strategies through engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Participants also learn about available services and resources while contributing to the direction of topics covered. Classes are held at AuSM.


Understanding Autism and Best Strategic Practices
Learn common characteristics of individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders. Obtain valuable insight on evidenced-based best practices to support people with autism and sensory processing sensitivities.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. 
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. 
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Learn with AuSM Skillshops and Certification

Suicidality and Suicide Prevention
Jan. 22, 2019
Lionsgate Academy, Minnetonka

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Feb. 12, 2019
University of St. Thomas, Opus Hall, Room 321

Neurodevelopment and ASD: What Does the Research Say?
Feb. 26, 2019
Autism Society of Minnesota

Estate Planning and ABLE Accounts: What You Need To Know
March 12, 2019
Autism Society of Minnesota

AuSM’s Autism Direct Support Certification Program is designed for professionals who work with individuals with autism or those who want to better provide support to people on the spectrum. This in-depth, 15-hour course will give practical solutions for working with people on the spectrum.

Mondays, 6-9 p.m.
March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 2019

Summer 2019 Session
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
June 10-14, 2019
AuSM Resources, Counseling, and Consulting
AuSM Counseling
and Consulting Services
The AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services team works in partnership with you to develop a plan based on your needs. For many, working with mental heath service providers is a new experience; we want you to feel comfortable and knowledgeable as we strive for positive, individual-focused goals.
Uniting the Community Events
In collaboration with community partners, AuSM is pleased to offer opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. Events and activities submitted by community partners are subject to change. AuSM encourages you to visit partner websites at least one month prior to attending as many activities require advance registration and some have limited capacity. We look forward to seeing you out and about in our great community!

Click here to visit AuSM's frequently-updated online Uniting the Community events and activities calendar. Below is a highlight of upcoming events; more details about these and all 2019 events and activities are available at the above link.

Jan. 18: ASD Respite Nights, YMCA Austin
Jan. 18: Third-Friday Dances, St. Louis Park Recreation Center, Reach For Resources 
Jan. 19: Sensory-Friendly Saturdays, Wescott Library
Jan. 20: Science Museum of Minnesota Sensory-Friendly Sunday
Jan. 20: Adaptive Climbing Nights, Midwest Climbing Academy
Jan. 20: Sensory-Friendly Day, Duluth Children's Museum
Jan. 26: Sensory-Friendly Experiences at the Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth
Jan. 27: Sensory-Friendly Play, Eagles Nest Indoor Playground
Feb. 2: Super Fest in Eden Prairie
Feb. 2: Three Snow Bears at Stages Theatre Company
Feb. 22: Mr. Poppers Penguins at Children's Theatre Company
Feb. 23: Schubert Club Sensory-Friendly Concert: Nirmala Rajasekar