March 1, 2020 News for the Minnesota autism community.
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20th Anniversary of Steps for Autism in Minnesota tomorrow at Southdale Center
Join AuSM tomorrow morning (March 1) for the 20th Annual Steps for Autism in Minnesota, a community fundraiser featuring the state’s largest annual autism resource fair and the 4th annual AuSM Flash Dash powered by Accra. Steps for Autism will be held at Southdale Center from 8:30-11 a.m.

Online registration is closed, but walk-in registrants and donations are welcome tomorrow. 100% of donations will support programs and services for the local autism community, and donations will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $20,000!

We look forward to seeing you in the morning!
25th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference registration is open
Registration for the 25th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference, to be held April 29-May 2 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, is open. Register now to be a part of this event where we will join our voices as a passionate community to inspire learning, hope, and innovation. 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 prominent keynote speakers: Wednesday Evening: Haley Moss sponsored by Minnesota Independence College and Community; Thursday Morning: Kari Dunn Buron sponsored by St. David's Center; Thursday Evening: Dwayne Ballen sponsored by Lifeworks; and Friday Morning: Loui Lord-Nelson, PhD sponsored by MN LEND.

The event also will include our Steps of Possibilities Gallery where you can read positive stories and gain advice from autistic adults in our community. And, as part of our anniversary celebration, we will open the exhibit hall and AuSM Bookstore to our community for FREE access on Saturday, May 2 from 7:30-11 a.m. At 9 a.m., we will recognize our retiring Camp Hand in Hand directors, Wendy McNeil and Todd Schwartzberg. Autism Community Day is free, but registration is required (does not include Saturday breakout sessions).

AuSM encourages early registration as the conference is expected to sell out. Click here for more information about the conference and to register.
AuSM Summer Social Skills Classes and Camps
AuSM Education
Life with Autism and Understanding Autism classes
Life with Autism Series

Understanding Autism and Best Strategic Practices

Due to a generous sponsorship from Best Care , these sessions are being offered for FREE. Registration is required.
  • May 4, 2020 from 6-8 p.m.
  • June 23, 2020 from 2-4 p.m.
  • Aug. 17, 2020 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Learn with AuSM Skillshops and Certification

March 10, 2020
Supplemental Needs Trust Planning
Location: Minnesota Independence College & Community, Richfield

March 31, 2020
Understanding Special Education (SPED)
Location: Autism Society of Minnesota
Also available as Livestream

May 2, 2020
Nature—Hippotherapy—Horticulture: Three Powerful Catalysts for Autism Support
Location: St. David's Center

AuSM’s Autism Direct Support Certification Program is designed for professionals who work with individuals with autism or those who want to better provide support to people on the spectrum. This in-depth, 15-hour course will give practical solutions for working with people on the spectrum.

Spring 2020 Session - begins Monday!
Mondays from 6-9 p.m.
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020

Summer 2020 Session
Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
June 8-12, 2020

AuSM Resources, Counseling, and Consulting
AuSM Counseling
and Consulting Services
The AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services team works in partnership with you to develop a plan based on your needs. For many, working with mental heath service providers is a new experience; we want you to feel comfortable and knowledgeable as we strive for positive, individual-focused goals.
Uniting the Community Events

Below is a highlight of upcoming events; more details about these and additional events and activities are available at the above link.

March 3: Sensory Friendly Night, Cheap Skate Coon Rapids
March 3: Sensory-Friendly Time, Build-A-Bear Workshop
March 4: Family Sensory Friendly Movie Night, Washington County Library–Park Grove Branch
March 7: Navigating MSP Airport, MSP Airport
March 7: Sensory-Friendly Family Concert: Siama’s Congo Music, Schubert Club
March 8: Autism Friendly Early Entry, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory\
March 8: Sensory Friendly Sundays, The Bakken Museum
March 8: Sensory Friendy Sunday, Walker Art Center
March 8: Sensory Jump, Urban Air Adventure Park
March 14: Iron Hearted Violet Sensory-Friendly Performance, Stages Theatre Company
March 14: Movie by the Fire, Reach for Resources
March 14: Sensory-Friendly Saturdays, Wescott Library
March 14: Cosmic Bowing at Huikko’s Bowling & Entertainment Center, Autism Allies