April 1, 2018        Minnesota's First Autism Resource.


Thank you to our AuSM Autism Awareness Month partners! Click here for more information on how your business or organization can join this list of autism community supporters.

612 Brew (Drink for a Cause Wednesday, April 4; donations given to AuSM); Accra Care; Allegra Downtown St. Paul; Amore Uptown; Anime Twin Cities; Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC; Commercial Steam Team, Inc. (10% of cleanings mentioning AuSM in April 2018 will be donated to AuSM); Drama Interaction; FlyOver America; JE Blankets; Lab Team Assistants; Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes; Microsoft Store, Mall of America; Minnesota Life College; Molly Fuller Designs; Northtown Mall; Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; Saegerville Cedar (10% of all sales during April 2018 will be donated to AuSM); St. David's Center for Child & Family Development; Therapy OPS; Vitals Aware Services
FEATURED ARTICLES
AuSM Tuesday at the Capitol
AuSM supporters and other members of Minnesota's autism and disability community are encouraged to attend Tuesday at the Capitol, hosted by AuSM, on Tuesday, April 17 from 9:30-11 a.m. Held during Autism Awareness Month, AuSM's Tuesday at the Capitol will focus on the critical last phase of the legislative session. Learn about the legislation that impacts our community; plan in advance for a visit with your legislators after the meeting (AuSM can help with this!); and build relationships with community members and lawmakers. The cost is free, but registration is encouraged. Click here to register.
Register for the state autism conference by April 11 for best rates
Register for the 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference by April 11 to receive the best rates for this amazing event serving the autism community. During this event, we will join our voices as a passionate community to inspire learning, hope, and innovation. Here experts, parents, caregivers, educators, paraprofessionals, mental health professionals, service providers, and individuals on the spectrum will have a platform to connect, collaborate, advocate, and educate. 

The conference will feature four keynote speakers, Frank Campagna "Autism Daddy"; Jed Baker, PhD; Stephen Shore, PhD; and Leah Kuypers MA Ed, OTR/L; 35 breakout sessions focused on a wide variety of topics important to our community; exhibitors featuring autism products and services; and the AuSM Bookstore.

Conference participants will be issued certificates of attendance at the conference. AuSM also has secured Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Minnesota Board of Social Work, the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Minnesota Board of Psychology.

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Julia's AuSM Autism Celebration
This year's conference will begin with an exciting family celebration featuring Julia, the newest Sesame Street Muppet, a character who was created to increase awareness and understanding of autism. During Julia's AuSM Autism Celebration, meet Walkaround Julia, visit resource tables, participate in sensory activities and face painting by Rainbow Party Arts, and play games during this age and ability inclusive event.

Thank you to our event sponsors for helping us bring Julia to Minnesota and for providing amazing sensory activities for event participants: Children's Minnesota, Children's Theatre Company, FIND Network, Foss Swim School, Fraser, Maplewood Pediatric Dentistry, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, TPT Twin Cities, and Walker Art Center. One sponsor table remains for this event. If your business is interested in sponsoring Julia's AuSM Autism Celebration, click here.

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You're invited to Celebrate the Magic Within during AuSM's 2018 gala
Register today for "Celebrate the Magic Within", the Autism Society of Minnesota's 4th annual fundraising gala to be held April 27 from 6-10 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis, Park Place. Join AuSM for an enchanting evening of food, drinks, games, silent and live auctions, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder. 

Gala proceeds benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community.

Seating is limited, reserve your seat at this magical banquet today!  Click here for more information and to register.

Amore Uptown celebrates Autism Awareness Month with free dining experience
Amore Uptown is providing an autism-friendly environment  for family dining, socializing, and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges. Families are invited to register for either a 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. time slot on  Sunday, April 15. The event is co-sponsored by Tareen Dermatology. Click here for more information.
Celebrating AuSM at a Minnesota Wild game
Associated Bank Stocked the Box for AuSM with help from Minnesota Wild fans to raise autism awareness and collect donations on March 19. Volunteers from Associated Bank and AuSM collected donations and shared autism resources. The event was part of a partnership between Associated Bank, the Minnesota Wild and AuSM.
 
"What an awesome event! I want to thank all the volunteers who came out and made this possible," said Paul Schmidt, Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Real Estate for Associated Bank, and board member of AuSM. "We're proud of our partnership with AuSM. It felt like a natural fit to support our community and a cause that is important to many of our colleagues. Through our partnership, we hope to continue to build a more inclusive Minnesota."

Click here to watch the video the Minnesota Wild played on the jumbotron on March 19.
Major League Baseball and Minnesota Twins Autism Awareness Day at Target Field June 3
Join AuSM for a fun day at Target Field as Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins celebrate Autism Awareness Day on June 3. Those purchasing game tickets through AuSM's unique link will have the opportunity to participate in an on-field parade before watching the Twins take on the Cleveland Indians. Ticket purchase through AuSM's link includes the pre-game parade, a seat at the game, and a $3 donation to the Autism Society of Minnesota. Cheer for the Twins while supporting those you love with autism! Tickets are $22 each and must be purchased by May 13, 2018.  Click here to order your tickets today.
AuSM Annual Meeting
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Autism Society of Minnesota's 2018 Annual Meeting on March 27. AuSM Board of Directors Chair, Jean Bender, and AuSM Executive Director, Ellie Wilson, shared information about AuSM's 2017 fiscal year and offered insight into AuSM's growth moving forward into 2018. Board member Paul Schmidt also was recognized for his years of service to AuSM. 
Become an AuSM Member
Become an AuSM Member by April 15 and your name will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to Celebrate the Magic Within on April 27. The gala will bring our community together for food, drinks, games, auctions, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. A $160 value!

AuSM SUMMER CAMPS - WE NEED STAFF!
Make 2018 a summer to remember!
AuSM's 2018 summer camps are full, and that means we need a full staff, too! Have you been curious about what it takes to be an AuSM camp counselor? We'd love to tell you more!   Click here for more information about participating in this rewarding summer experience, or contact AuSM's director of camp programming, Terri Borowick, at camp@ausm.org or 651.647.1083. 

We're also searching for a registered nurse to help during Camp Hand in Hand. Click here for a position description, and contact Terri for more info.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
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. 

SPRING HIGHLIGHTS
Meets from 6-7 p.m.; April 26, May 22, June 21.

Class meets from 12-2 p.m.; April 28; May 5, May 12, 2018

Class Meets for One Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m.;  Teens Session: April 14, 2018 (Ages 13-18);  Elementary Session: May 12, 2018 (Ages 8-12)

Class Meets Mondays from 6-8 p.m.; April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2018
2018 AuSM Summer Activities Catalog 
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. Call 651.647.1083 ext. 22 or e-mail   education@ausm.org for more information. 

SUMMER CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS
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; registration opens in April)
AuSM On the Town (ages 14-26)
AuSM On the Town Adventure (ages 14-26) - FULL
Art on the Town (ages 18+) - FULL
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.

Monday-Friday
June 11-14, 2018
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fridays
Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 2018
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
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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, this class is offered FREE of charge. Registration is required.

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

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AuSM Skillshops

May 15, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Managing Screen Addiction and Cyber Safety
Presenter: Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC
Location: Lionsgate, North St. Paul

It is easy to get sucked in and to spend hours playing a game, on social media, or exploring all technology has to offer. While technology and screens can be great tools, sometimes we become too reliant on them. Learn strategies for setting boundaries, time management, and staying safe on the internet.

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Upcoming AuSM Skillshops include:
Females on the Spectrum on June 12.
Special Needs and Special Sibs: A Family AuSM Skillshop on Oct. 16.
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Focus group opportunity
You are invited to participate in a focus group regarding the development of a local mentorship program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You will be asked questions regarding previous mentoring experiences and opportunities, whether you see mentoring opportunities as a need for those with ASD in our community, and components that you believe would be important in a mentorship program.
 
The focus group will take place at AuSM on April 17. We are recruiting for both adults (adults with ASD, parents, professionals educators, etc.) and teens (14+) to participate.
 
If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Rebekah Hudock at kale0040@umn.edu or 612.626.3538 for additional information.
UNITING THE COMMUNITY
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