Aug. 15, 2018  News and events for the Minnesota autism community.

AuSM's 2018-2019 Education Catalog will be landing in mailboxes soon
A valuable tool for the Minnesota autism community to use throughout the fall, winter, and spring seasons, the 2018-2019 AuSM Education Catalog will be available soon. The catalog contains information on
AuSM's program offerings including special interest-focused social skills classes that engage youth and adults to interact socially while raising self-awareness and self-esteem; AuSM Skillshops that focus on positive strategies and problem-solving; specialized training tailored for organizations and businesses, including the Life with Autism series and the Autism Direct Support Certification program; and Uniting the Community events and activities.

Visit AuSM's website,, to learn more. If you'd like to receive a copy of the printed catalog, please call 651.647.1083 or e-mail
You're invited to the AuSM Swing Fling 2018
Join us for this swing dance party at the Landmark Center on Sept. 25 from 6-10:30 p.m.! Kick off the evening with an all-abilities dance lesson and demo and then cut a rug to the sounds of the Roseville Big Band. Register for our dance competition or social dance the night away. Click here for more information and to register.

AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit for adults on the spectrum registration open
The first annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit presented by Anime Twin Cities will take place Sept. 22, 2018 at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus and will include a keynote presentation and nine breakout sessions featuring topics including mental health, executive functioning, sensory needs, employment, relationships, and more. This event is for adults with autism by adults with autism. In addition to gathering wisdom from life experiences by adults on the spectrum, collect resources from the AuSM Bookstore, network with peers, and visit with vendors who support adults on the spectrum. 

AuSM is pleased to welcome sponsors Anime Twin Cities; Minnesota Independence College & Community (formerly Minnesota Life College); and FIND Network.

AuSM Golf Classic 2018: beautiful day for autism community
During the 2018 AuSM Golf Classic at Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, 116 golfers converged in the sunshine on the brand new Royal Golf Club course; enjoyed lunch sponsored by Chipotle and dinner sponsored by Fox Sports North; participated in games including closest to the pin, the pink ball challenge, silent auction, and a raffle; had fun with cigars rolled by Cigars International and specialty cocktails from Crooked Water Spirits; and generously gave to support programs and services for our local autism community. Special thanks to Clubhouse Sponsor, Built on Bravery, and Eagle Sponsors: Allegra Downtown St. Paul, Family Innovations, Ken Peterson and The Ponds Golf Course, and McNellis and Asato, Ltd. Thanks also to our Golf Cart Sponsors, Merrill Lynch Lafferty & Associates and the Minnesota Autism Center; Driving Range Sponsor, Actuarial Advisors, Inc.; and our many Hole Sponsors and silent auction donors. AuSM is grateful to Royal Golf Club, our golf planning committee, and the many volunteers who helped make this event a success.
Gale Woods Farm Dogs
Fall social skills classes for youth and adults:  registration is open
AuSM classes and activities offer low-stress, accepting environments that promote learning and growth while celebrating neurodiversity. 

Life with Autism Series
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. Cost: AuSM Members: $50 for one or two individuals/family members/caregivers; Non-Members $75.

FREE Class: Understanding Autism and Best Strategic Practices
Learn common characteristics of individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders. Obtain valuable insight on best practices to support people with autism and related disabilities. Thanks to the Hennepin County Autism Grant, these classes are offered FREE of charge at AuSM. Registration is required.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. 
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. 
Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

AuSM Skillshops

Sept. 27, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Special Education: How To Get What You Need
L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, PhD and Deequaifrah Hussein
Location: University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus

Navigating special education can be confusing thanks to unfamiliar words and acronyms. Competing rights and needs can make it a challenge to collaborate effectively. This AuSM Skillshop will help parents, guardians, and other stakeholders gain a better understanding of special education, including the special education process, categories and criteria for qualification, common words and acronyms used in special education, and due process rights.


Oct. 16, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Special Needs & Special Sibs: A Family AuSM Skillshop
Presenter: Jennifer S. Reinke, PhD, LAMFT, CFLE
Location: St. David's Center

"Autism doesn't just affect my kid, it affects our whole family," a mother of an 8-year-old child with autism said. Explore the unique challenges, rewards, and dynamics experienced by families impacted by a variety of special needs. Special emphasis will be placed on the experiences and needs of siblings (ages 10+) who have a brother or sister with special needs. All family members are welcome at this AuSM Skillshop.


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. 
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