February 15, 2018        Minnesota's First Autism Resource.
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Stock the Box to Celebrate All That's AuSM
The Minnesota Wild and Associated Bank are teaming up with AuSM to host a Stock the Box to Celebrate All That's AuSM event. During the Minnesota Wild versus Los Angeles Kings game on March 19, Associated Bank and AuSM will be collecting donations in support of our local autism community. 

The Minnesota Wild have opened up a block of tickets for this game for autism community supporters. For every ticket sold in this block, the Minnesota Wild will donate $5 to AuSM. 
Click here to purchase tickets and use the "AUSM" promo code. If you're not able to make it to to the game but still would like to donate as part of this Stock the Box to Celebrate All That's AuSM event, click here.

Jill Pring honored at MN Wild Game
Walmart and the Minnesota Wild recognized AuSM's Jill Pring as a Community Playmaker during their Feb. 8 game. Community Playmakers go above and beyond the call of duty for their community and Jill definitely fits the bill! Jill has worked within the autism community for 18 years, first as a special education teacher and then as an autism consultant. She also leads a parent support group and has brought social skills classes to the Duluth area. She also rocks as a co-director of AuSM's Camp Discovery. Congrats, Jill!
Super Fest makes Super Bowl excitement accessible to all 
The Autism Society of Minnesota,  Minnesota Vikings, ESPN, and other organizations serving communities of all abilities joined in The Matthew Foundation's Super Fest fun on Feb. 3 at Eden Prairie High School. The event included inclusive football and cheerleading clinics and culminated in a game day experience with the national anthem, player name announcements, scrimmage, and cheer performance. Thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, and organizers who made this special event possible, including Paul's Pals; Children's Minnesota; Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare; H.B. Fuller Company; Mattson Photography; LLC Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota; Fraser; Disability Rights Legal Center; True Friends; National Down Syndrome Society; and Down Syndrome International.
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Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota is less than three weeks away
Steps of Hope is 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.  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. 

 
Conference registration is open
Registration for the 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is open. 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; as well as 35 breakout sessions focused on a wide variety of topics important to our community.

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 play games during this age and ability inclusive event.

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Disability Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 
St. Paul, MN 55155

Join The Arc Minnesota for the 2018 Disability Day at the Capitol where participants will gather to rally in support of people with disabilities in Minnesota. This event is co-sponsored by the Autism Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, Advocating Change Together, MOFAS, Minnesota Council on Disability, and Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. We encourage participation by families and individuals affected by autism so the needs of those with autism can be heard. Cost: Free, but registration is encouraged.  Click here to register.  
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.
Become an AuSM Member
AuSM membership connects you to a common community that acts without judgment, nurtures potential, advances knowledge, and builds awareness. Join our supportive network to find programs, services, and resources that help guide individuals with autism and those who support them. AuSM welcomes you to our community, a place where we will move forward together.

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
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. Camps are filling quickly! Click here for more information.

AuSM also is looking for camp counselors. Click here for more information about participating in this rewarding summer experience. 
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. Classes offer low-stress, accepting environments that promote learning and growth while celebrating neurodiversity.


SPRING
AuSM On the Town (ages 14-26) - FULL
ComedySportz Improv - Beginner and Advanced (ages 14-26) - BEGINNER IS FULL
Art on the Town (ages 18+)
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. 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.


SUMMER CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS
CAST Summer Showtime (ages 10-17)
Minnesota Zoo Classes (ages 8-19; registration opens Feb. 8)
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)
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.

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

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

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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, these classes are offered FREE of charge. Registration is required.

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

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AuSM Skillshops

Feb. 20, 2018 from  7-9 p.m.
Taking Care of Yourself Inside and Out: Mind-Body Tools for Life
Presenter:  Chrissy Mignogna
Location: University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus, Opus Hall Room 201/202

Our busy, stressful lives contribute to poor sleep, diet, and exercise, which leads to stressed children and adults. Practice and explore breathing techniques, integrative movement, and relaxation strategies that can be put into action immediately. Learn how to give your mind, body, and heart what they need by experiencing practices for soothing and releasing.

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March 13, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Fidget Frenzy: Sensory Tool How-To
Presenter: Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC
Location: Autism Society of Minnesota

Individuals with sensory processing disorders are hypersensitive or hyposensitive to different types of stimulation. Learn about the eight senses and which fidgets increase and reduce sensory input. Fidgets will be available to test and to purchase.

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INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
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