November 15, 2017        Minnesota's First Autism Resource.

A Note from Ellie Wilson, Executive Director
I invite you to consider making a difference in the lives of all of those in our local autism community by giving to AuSM today or tomorrow in celebration of 
Give to the Max DayYour gift to AuSM, no matter the amount, will support programs and services for those affected by autism, advancing education, increasing advocacy, and growing events, camps, classes, and other activities tailored for autism acceptance and inclusion. 

Though Give to the Max Day is officially on Nov. 16, donations are being accepted today and tomorrow. Due to the generosity of multiple AuSM supporters, your donation will be matched up to $11,580 this year! Your dollar will go twice as far! Make it count, with 100% of donations staying local to benefit your child, your neighbor, your teacher, your colleague, YOU!  

Thank you for giving to AuSM, where your dollars will support good for the community we all love and celebrate. 

Ellie Wilson
AuSM Executive Director
Give to the Max Day is Nov. 16. 
Support people with autism and take a chance on winning FREE airline tickets!
(donate today or tomorrow for drawings and prizes)

Celebrate the individual with autism who touches your life by donating to AuSM on Give to the Max Day, Nov. 16. 100% of your donation is tax deductible and will support programs and services for our local autism community.

Donations for Give to the Max Day count through Nov. 16.
Click the above button to donate online through AuSM's page on GiveMN. GiveMN will hold prize drawings for bonus dollars to organizations supported through their site. You also can click here to donate to AuSM through our site's donation page.

Your donation will be doubled!
Due to the generosity of AuSM's Board of Directors; community donors; Associated Bank; the Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Planners; Design Pandemonium; the Outing Chamber of Commerce; and RSP Architects, Ltd.; AuSM is pleased to offer a $11,580 match for donations given to AuSM from Nov. 1-16, 2017. Each dollar donated to AuSM will be doubled up to $11,580!

Bonus Donation Incentive
For every $25 you donate to AuSM on Nov. 1-16, you will receive an entry to win two tickets on Southwest Airlines!

Multiple Local Businesses Support AuSM for Give to the Max Day 2017
  • 612Brew will donate $1 to AuSM for every pint sold from 4-10 p.m. on Nov. 16. 
  • Tin Whiskers will donate $1 to AuSM for every pint sold from 4-10 p.m. on Nov. 16. 
  • Wander North Distillery will accept donations to AuSM on Nov. 16.
  • Bruegger's Bagel Bakery in Gaviidae Common will host AuSM and offer donation incentives from 8:30-11 a.m. tomorrow and will offer donation incentives.

2018 Minnesota Autism Conference Call for Papers
Submissions Due Friday!  
The call for presentation proposals is open for the AuSM'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.  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. 
AuSM Artists Visual Art Opening

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
6-8 p.m.

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)
2400 3rd Ave. S. 
Minneapolis, MN 55404

AuSM is partnering with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) to showcase the talents of our summer 2017 AuSM Artists. AuSM Artists' work will be on display in the community commons of the museum from Nov. 23-Jan. 28. To celebrate, AuSM and Mia will host an Art Opening on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome; light refreshments will be provided. 
Cost: FREE

The AuSM Artists summer class was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Autism up close and personal, a December workshop

Practical Solutions for Autistic Living
FULL DAY, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Presented by Judy Endow, MSW, LCSW

enVision Hotel, South St. Paul

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.

AuSM Swing Fling 2017 Fundraiser Event 

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
6-10:30 p.m.

Landmark Center
75 W 5th St.
St Paul, MN 55102

You're invited to join AuSM and the Minnesota swing dancing community for a night of music, drinks, food, and fun, all supporting the Minnesota autism community.  Kick up your heels with a dance lesson for dancers of all skill levels to the music of Midwest Sound, and watch a swing dancing demonstration by the University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club. Cut a rug to the sounds of Patty and the Buttons live and participate in the Follow the Leader competition, a fun event in which leads and follows are randomly paired for a social dancing extravaganza!

AuSM Member: $30 in advance, $35 at the door 
Non-Member: $35 in advance, $40 at the door 
Individual with ASD/Student: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Individuals under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds support AuSM's programs and services for our local autism community.

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 opportunity at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Polar Bear Enrichment
Ages 18+
December 9, 2017 from 8:30-10 a.m.

Polar bears can weigh 1,000 pounds or more. Meet a polar bear zookeeper to learn how they train these white giants, prepare and observe polar bear enrichment, and explore the award-winning Polar Bear Odyssey exhibit without the crowds. As a bonus, the Como Zoo polar bears Buzz and Neil are celebrating their 22nd birthdays on Dec. 9!  Class participants are able to enjoy the zoo after the class. This class is designed for individuals who do not need direct service professional supports or supervision. 

$5 for Residents of Ramsey and Dakota County 
$15 for Residents of all other counties
The discount fee is made possible for residents of Ramsey and Dakota County though the Dakota and Ramsey Counties Autism Grant.


Additional Opportunities for Adults with Autism

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.

Date: 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

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: Jan. 13
Cost: $25 for members, $40 for non-members

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.

AuSM Skillshops

Dec. 12, 2017
7-9 p.m.
Make New Friends: How to Find and Keep Friends As An Adult with ASD
Presenter: Beth Pitchford, LPCC
Location: Autism Society of Minnesota

Making and keeping friends as an adult is different than making friends as a child. Learn strategies that will help you decode social interactions, find friends, and build relationships that will last.


Me mbership Bonus:   
AuSM Members save $15 per AuSM Skillshop and receive a certificate to attend one AuSM Skillshop for FREE!
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: Dec. 9
2018 Schedule:  Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. TBD, Apr. TBD, May TBD, Jun. 30, Jul. 28, Aug. 25, Sep. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 29
Cost: FREE
Location: AuSM Office. 

Information and Resources
Uniting the Community Events
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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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