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

A Note from Dawn Brasch, Interim Executive Director
Whether you are new to the world of autism or have been involved for years, AuSM has resources that will enhance your life, and now is the time to find the AuSM program that fits your needs. Our 2017-2018 AuSM Education Catalog is packed full of classes, workshops, educational sessions, community events, and other opportunities to get involved.

The AuSM fall membership drive is well underway! I encourage you to consider the benefits of supporting your local autism resource through membership. AuSM Members receive discounts on classes and workshops, a free AuSM Skillshop, access to our AuSM Lending Library, and more. From now through Oct. 15, new and renewing members will receive a 10% off coupon for the AuSM Bookstore. We can't wait for you to join our AuSM community!

Read on for more information on AuSM events, education, and services. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Have an AuSM day!

AuSM Interim Executive Director
Help Texas autism families recover from Hurricane Harvey
Category 4 Hurricane Harvey blew through Texas in late August and dumped more than 50 inches of rain over the span of just a few days. Families are facing severe damage to their homes, and many are displaced in the wake of the catastrophic event.  AuSM would like to help by sending Visa Gift Cards, small sensory items, and cards or drawings of encouragement to the Autism Society of Texas for distribution to their members. Imagine having to explain the destruction, figuring out replacement of favorite sensory items, finding a place to stay, working through the massive reconstruction process. Minnesotans have generous hearts, and we encourage you to help AuSM provide some love and care from Autism Society of Minnesota families to Autism Society of Texas families. Please bring or mail Visa Gift Cards, small sensory items, and cards of encouragement to AuSM's office, 2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114 by Friday, Sept. 22. We will package all donations and send them to the Autism Society of Texas on Sept. 25. Thank you for your generosity!
AuSM Pumpkin Patch Trolley
October 14, 2017
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Minnesota Streetcar Museum
Linden Hill Station Queen Ave. S. and W. 42nd St. 
Minneapolis, MN 55410

AuSM, the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, and event sponsor Anime Twin Cities invite you to experience the thrill of riding a trolley, spend some time with Minnesota autism community friends, and pick a perfect pumpkin during this fun October event for individuals and families affected by autism.

Join us for a fun ride along the rails, including a stop where you will be able to select a pumpkin to take home. The first trolley charter will leave the station at 10:30 a.m. and the final charter will roll back to the station at 12 p.m.

Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc. offers scholarship opportunities
AuSM is pleased to partner with Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc., an organization that provides financial aid to help families affected by autism gain access to resources. As part of the partnership, Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc. will offer scholarships to families and individuals who apply for financial support for AuSM's education programming, including social skills classes and AuSM summer camps.

"Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc. is a natural partner for AuSM and will provide great opportunities for our autism community," Dawn Brasch, AuSM's Senior Director of Finance and Operations, said. "The foundation is a strong advocate for organizations that help families and individuals with autism, and we appreciate their dedication to providing funding that makes resources available to those who may not otherwise have access."

Inspired by their son with autism and motivated to ensure that all families and individuals have resources needed for growth, Laura and Kent Olson established Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc. in 2015.  Click here to learn more about this organization and scholarship opportunities.

Are you interested in running? Participate in Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc.'s upcoming Oct. 7 5K, the  TCA 5K Fun Run at Oak Grove Park in Brooklyn Park. Dollars raised by the run will support the scholarship fund for families and individuals affected by autism.
People First! Planning from the Perspective of the Person with Autism
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2017
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Presented by Glenis Benson

enVision Hotel,
701 Concord St. S.
South St. Paul, MN 55075

Service providers, caregivers, and educators often are urged to put the person first when creating goals and building supports. But what does it mean to put an individual on the spectrum's own perspective first? How do providers place themselves in the head of their client and ask, "What do they need to learn the most to be the most independent and successful they can be?" 
Obtain in-the-moment practices that will help you understand the behaviors of individuals on the spectrum. Explore the concepts of executive functioning, sensory challenges, and other underlying reasons for seemingly confusing behaviors.

Fall AuSM Member Drive
Join AuSM Today!
Each AuSM Member is an important part of this community. Through membership dues, members support the programs and services that AuSM offers to families, educators, individuals with autism, professionals, and more. Members also receive many exciting benefits including:
  • Member-only rates on AuSM Social Skills classes, AuSM Skillshops, workshops, and other programming  
  • Discount registration for annual Minnesota Autism Conference 
  • AuSM Summer Camps exclusively for members only
  • One complimentary AuSM Skillshop per year - $40 value
  • Access to AuSM Lending Library 
  • Advocacy updates and alerts 
FALL MEMBER BONUS: New members joining AuSM by Oct. 15, 2017 will receive a 10% off coupon for the AuSM Bookstore, full of resources, literature, and of course, fidgets! 

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 Adult Opportunities
With many services ending as individuals with autism reach their early 20s, finding a community dedicated to serving the needs of adults with autism is challenging. Whether you are an adult on the spectrum or a supporter, we are here to help.

AuSM Adults with ASD at the Minnesota Zoo (This Sunday, Sept. 17; a few spots remain)
AuSM Book Club at Wescott Library (Now-December 2018)
AuSM Classes for Caregivers
AuSM is pleased to introduce two new classes to assist caregivers of those with autism. Classes will provide information and strategies that can be used immediately, enhancing the lives of caregivers and those who receive care.

Dates: Oct. 14, Nov. 18
Single session class: $25 for members, $40 for non-members


Dates: Nov. 15, May 9
Single session class: $25 for members, $40 for non-members

Practical Solutions for Autistic Living Workshop
Dec. 7, 2017
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Presented by Judy Endow

enVision Hotel
701 Concord St. S.
South St. Paul, MN 55075

Parents, caregivers, educators, professionals, and individuals with autism are invited to join autism expert Judy Endow as she shares personal stories highlighting three challenge areas related to her own autism: 1. sensory differences; 2. not always understanding the hidden curriculum in social situations; 3. when others think of her as "less than" because they do not understand autism.

Learn from Endow's experiences and obtain practical strategies for supporting youth and adults with autism, encouraging them to be the best versions of themselves and most available for learning and life.

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

Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2018
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Mar. 5-Apr. 2, 2018
6-9 p.m.

June 11-15, 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: Oct. 23, Jan. 13
Cost: $25 for members, $40 for non-members

Dates: Nov. 4, Feb. 24
Cost for one or two participants: $50 for members, $75 for non-members

Dates: Oct. 28, Feb. 10
Cost for one or two participants: $50 for members, $75 for non-members

Dates: Nov. 11, 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.

AuSM Skillshops

Sept. 19, 2017
7-9 p.m.
Law & Order: ASD
Presenter: Barb Luskin, PhD, LP
Location: AuSM in St. Paul

Studies show that people with autism are seven to 12 times more likely to interface with law enforcement and the criminal justice system than their neurotypical peers. Social and communication challenges can lead to misunderstandings. Whether it's a misunderstanding or not, having positive response strategies is imperative. Learn about common scenarios involving individuals with autism and how to advocate and support them through the legal process.


Sept. 26, 2017
7-9 p.m.
My Child Has Autism: Do I?
Presenter: Beth Pitchford, MA
Location: AuSM in St. Paul

Your child was diagnosed with autism, and you recognize some of his or her traits reflected in yourself. Do you wonder if you, too, could be on the autism spectrum? Is it important to get a formal diagnosis? Learn about the heritabilty of autism, adult diagnosis, parent with autism, and the importance of understanding your needs as a parent.


Me mbership Bonus:   
AuSM Members save $15 per AuSM Skillshop and receive a certificate to attend one AuSM Skillshop for FREE!
2018 Minnesota Autism Conference Call for Papers  
The call for presentation proposals is open for the Autism Society of Minnesota's 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference, an event that will take place April 25-28, 2018. Be a part of this event of the year for the local autism community by submitting a topic for presentation.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
  • Positive behavior supports
  • Strategies for parents and educators
  • Managing behaviors
  • Transition
  • Early intervention
  • Mental health
  • IEPs
  • Emotion regulation
  • Social skills
The Minnesota Autism Conference Education Committee will evaluate proposals and those submitting proposals will be contacted by Dec. 22, 2017 regarding the status of proposals. The deadline for proposal submission is Nov. 17, 2017. 

Conference Note:
Rates for the 2018 Minnesota Autism Conference have been posted. If you're looking at your school year budget, make sure you check our conference page and add us to your calendar.
NEW Caregiver Support Group
AuSM is excited to announce a new, free support group for caregivers of school-age kids offered on the second Saturday of each month. Meet fellow caregivers and parents, share problems, receive tips from others who can relate to you, and create community.

2017 Schedule: Oct. 14, Nov. 11
Cost: FREE
Location: AuSM Office. Child care is NOT available. 

AuSM Job Openings
AuSM is growing and is searching for people who are passionate about helping the Minnesota autism community thrive. Click on the below links to learn more about the positions for which we currently are hiring:

Information and Resources
Uniting the Community Events
Autism Society of Minnesota | 651.647.1083 | |

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