January 15, 2018        Minnesota's First Autism Resource.

Students with autism go Into the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center
Associated Bank, AuSM, and the Minnesota Wild brought students, teachers, and caregivers from Spero Academy and Lionsgate Academy "Into the Wild" on Jan. 12 at the Xcel Energy Center. Participants were able to experience what it's like to attend a MN Wild game, including claiming tickets at the will call window, walking through security, and finding seats in the arena. They also watched the MN Wild practice, had the opportunity to shoot a puck and learn about check writing and personal finance in the Associated Bank Power Play Zone, took in the view from the press box on the top floor, and wrote and drew about what makes them awesome. Some even met Wild Coach Bruce Boudreau and were interviewed by WCCO-TV | CBS Minnesota, KSTP-TV, and FOX 9 News! Thank you, Associated Bank and the MN Wild, for this amazing experience!
2018 Hennepin, Dakota, and Ramsey Counties autism grant dollars available
Hennepin, Dakota, and Ramsey Counties are collaborating with the Department of Human Services and AuSM to promote training and respite activities for individuals with autism or a related condition and their caregivers. Up to $1,000 of financial support may be applied toward AuSM training and respite. Support varies by county. For Hennepin County, participants must be registered before June 15, 2018 for training and/or respite activities. For Dakota and Ramsey Counties, funds are for training and/or respite activities that occur before June 30, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply for the Hennepin, Dakota, and Ramsey Counties autism grants.

Steps of Hope 2018 TEAM SPOTLIGHT
Team Grace and Ganon
Why do you fundraise for AuSM?
"Fundraising for Autism Society of Minnesota is near and dear to my heart. Grace was diagnosed at age two. Although there can be hard days, there are a lot of triumphs as well. Ganon was just recently diagnosed so we are just now starting down that path. Please take your time and donate any amount to support a great cause and help children and adults with autism like mine."

Steps Team 1
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. 

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 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Held at the Eden Prairie Football Dome, 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 SOON! 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 and to sign up to receive an e-mail notification when registration opens.
Adults with autism: celebrate birthdays with treats and games at AuSM
AuSM is pleased to announce the creation of a monthly birthday celebration and game night for adults with autism ages 18+. Birthdays are something we all have in common - let's celebrate together! Come to AuSM to celebrate your birthday and the birthdays of others with cake and games. Bring a board or card game to play. AuSM will provide treats. Everyone is welcome, whether it's your birthday or not! The cost is $3 per person, unless it's your birthday month, in which case registration is free. AuSM's first celebration will be on Jan. 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul.  Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM PERSPECTIVES: Ask the Attorney
Dear Jason,

I've heard that Minnesota now offers ABLE Act accounts. Is this true? What is the benefit of an ABLE Act account for my child?

Future Planner

Dear Future Planner,
Yes, this is true!  Beginning last year, Minnesota began to offer Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act accounts. An ABLE account is a great tool that allows individuals who need government benefits to work and keep more of their own money. Most government programs have asset limits, but an individual can have up to $100,000 in their ABLE account, and they will still be eligible for government benefits! Additionally, unlike a special needs trust or supplemental needs trust, the individual with the disability, and not a trustee, gets to decide how to spend the money.

Jason Schellack, Esq., Autism Adovacy & Law Center

Autism Advocacy & Law Center is an AuSM Premier Partner. Schellack will present "Guardianship: Do We Need It?", an AuSM Skillshop, at Minnesota Life College on from 7-9 p.m. at Minnesota Life College on March 20. Click here for more information and to register today.
Make 2018 a summer to remember!
AuSM camps are tailored for youth and adults with autism. Parents and caregivers can rest assured knowing that their campers are being cared for by highly trained, experienced staff, while campers make memories that last a lifetime. AuSM camps are available for individuals ages 6 and up who are AuSM members. Camp offerings include a day camp where campers arrive each morning and leave each afternoon and two residential camps where campers stay several days and nights. 

To be eligible for camp registration, you must be a current member of AuSM. AuSM reserves the right to assign campers to the camp that best matches the camper's needs. If the appropriate camp is full, the camper will be placed on the wait list for an opening. If no opening is available, the deposit will be refunded. If you have questions about which camp best suits your camper, please contact AuSM at 651.647.1083 ext. 16 or e-mail camp@ausm.org.

Registration for AuSM Summer Camps opens Jan. 29. Register early to ensure your spot - AuSM Camps fill quickly!

Hand in Hand (1:1 support)
Session 1: June 24-29, 2018; males, ages 19-24; females, ages 19-25
Session 2: July 29-Aug. 3, 2018; males ONLY, ages 15-19
Session 3: Aug. 5-10, 2018; males, ages 24+; females, ages 26+
Session 4: Aug. 12-17, 2018; males, ages 9-14; females, ages 9-18

Discovery (1:4 support)
Session 1: June 17-22, 2018; males and females, ages 10-17
Session 2: June 24-29, 2018; males and females, ages 18-27

July 27-Aug. 3, 2018; males and females, ages 13-17

Wahode (1:2 support)
Session 1: July 9-13, 2018; males and females, ages 6-12
Session 2: July 23-27, 2018; males and females, ages 6-12
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.

2018 AuSM Summer Activities Catalog preview: registration opens Jan. 29
AuSM classes and activities offer low-stress, accepting environments that promote learning and growth while celebrating neurodiversity. AuSM programs are conducive to youth and adults who fall within the wide range of the autism spectrum. Social skills classes are staffed at a 1:4 staff-to-participant ratio. If an individual is able to participate safely in a program but requires more support than 1:4 staffing provides, the individual may bring a Direct Support Professional (DSP). The DSP will be responsible for supporting the individual with communication, behavior, and daily living skills. Call 651.647.1083 ext. 22 or e-mail   education@ausm.org for more information. AuSM is committed to making your class experience positive and rewarding.

CAST Summer Showtime (ages 10-17)
Minnesota Zoo Classes (ages 8-19)
Lowry Nature Center (ages 13-18)
AuSM Artists at Mia (ages 11-18)
Toneworks Art Camp (ages 10-21)
AuSM On the Town (ages 14-26)
Art on the Town (ages 18+)
AuSM Autism Direct Support Certification
AuSM's Autism Direct Support Certification Program is designed for professionals and caregivers who work with or support individuals with autism and want to provide better service and care. This in-depth, 15-hour course will give practical solutions for working with people on the spectrum. Class includes final case study and test.

March 5-April 2, 2018
6-9 p.m.

June 11-14, 2018
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Life With Autism Series
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: 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.

Autism 101 and Best Strategic Practices
FREE class!

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. Thanks to the Hennepin County Autism Grant, these classes are offered FREEof charge. Registration is required.

Jan. 18 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Brooklyn Park Library

Feb. 2 from 2-4 p.m.
East Lake Street Library

March 3 from 1-3 p.m.
Autism Society of Minnesota

April 12 from 1-3 p.m.
Autism Society of Minnesota

May 9 from 9-11 a.m.
Autism Society of Minnesota


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.


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