March 15, 2018        Minnesota's First Autism Resource.

Amazing morning of community at Steps of Hope 2018
Thank you so much to all of our Steps of Hope 2018 sponsors, volunteers, and participants who braved the rain and ice on March 4 to celebrate this AuSM community. The sponsor resource tables were a crowd favorite; K102's Mike Mussman kept participants pumped up; Miss Midwest, Kathryn Kueppers sang that national anthem; Mudonna posed for pictures, Anime Twin Cities superheroes and The Royal Sisterhood princesses welcomed and encouraged; Kwik Trip, Caribou Coffee, Cosmos Creations, and Bruegger's Bagels provided food and beverages; and the AuSM merchandise table was a fun place to find a fidget or two. What an amazing morning of coming together in support of each other and our local autism community. Thank you!
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.

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 play games during this age and ability inclusive event.

Thank you to our event sponsors for helping us bring Julia to Minnesota: Children's Minnesota, Children's Theatre Company, FIND Network, Foss Swim School, Maplewood Pediatric Dentistry, and TPT Twin Cities. If your business is interested in sponsoring Julia's AuSM Autism Celebration, click here.

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.

Free screening of "Deej" offered March 29 at Mia
As a special precursor to National Poetry Month and Autism Awareness Month, AuSM, Rain Taxi, Unrestricted Interest, and Mia invite you to a special evening with a remarkable young poet named DJ Savarase. 

Held March 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, this event will include a screening of the film Deej, a question and answer session with DJ himself, and a short poetry reading. Abandoned by his birth parents and presumed incompetent, DJ ("Deej") found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. The film Deej shows how he deals with high school and dreams of college, confronting society's obstacles to inclusion and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses along the way. As part of his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics he embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers what having a voice can truly mean.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as space is limited.  Click here to register. 
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.
AuSM Annual Meeting and Staff/Board reception on March 27
The Autism Society of Minnesota's Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to invite you to AuSM's 2018 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 27 from 7-8 p.m. 

Prior to the meeting, Board and Staff will host a Meet and Greet Reception for members from 6-7 p.m. The reception and meeting will take place at AuSM, 2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114.

6 p.m. Board and Staff Meet and Greet Reception
7 p.m. Welcome and Meeting Call to Order
7:05 p.m. State of AuSM report from Ellie Wilson, Executive Director; Officer Reports
7:35 p.m. New Business; Election of Officers; Bylaws Amendment
7:50 p.m. Announcements and Thank You to Outgoing Board Members
8 p.m. Meeting Adjourned

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!

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. 
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. 

AuSM is pleased to partner with the Dakota County Library in Eagan to offer a monthly AuSM Book Club for individuals with autism, other disabilities, and neurotypical individuals ages 14+. Share the joy of reading with others by joining this book club. This book club is offered free of charge due to the Dakota and Ramsey Counties Autism Grant.  Each month participants choose a theme and can select any book at any level within that theme to read. Recent themes include classic authors, adventure, and sports. All reading levels are welcome, and participants are encouraged to share what they like or don't like about the books they've chosen. Book club meets from 6-7 p.m.; March 21, April 26, May 22, June 21.

Toneworks Music Therapy Services, in partnership with AuSM, will host a music and art workshop focused on transitioning from school to summer. This class will combine movement, visual art, music, and technology to create a culminating project of a music video and mural. Participants will receive a digital download of the final project.
Class meets from 12-2 p.m.; April 28; May 5, May 12, 2018

Spring brings new life! Farmers are busy caring for baby animals and preparing and planting fields and gardens. Discover what is growing on the farm by planting in the greenhouse or gardens and visiting the new arrivals. Participants must be able to follow adult direction/safety rules and show readiness for large group participation including remaining with the group at all times.
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)

Take your filmmaking to the next level and create festival-worthy films. Learn to work with advanced video cameras, microphones, and lighting and further your editing skills with Adobe Premiere. Create a short artist statement film and a high-quality video poem as part of the class. Learn how to submit your completed films to film festivals and share your film at a screening during the final class session. Participants must have prior experience with filmmaking.
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 for more information. 

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.

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

April 12 from 1-3 p.m.
Autism Society of Minnesota

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


AuSM also will offer a free Autism 101 and Best Strategic Practices class at the Wentworth Library in West St. Paul from 6-8 p.m. on March 26. Click here to register for this session.

AuSM Skillshops

March 20, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Guardianship: Do We Need It?
Presenter: Jason Schellack, JD
Location: Minnesota Life College

At age 18, a child is legally considered an adult. Some youth, however, aren't yet ready for all of the responsibilities of adulthood. Many children with ASD will continue to need assistance with their IEPs, transition services, making medical decisions, and applying for government benefits. To have legal authority to assist their adult children in these important areas, many parents and caregivers choose to establish legal guardianship. Learn about the legal process for obtaining guardianship and how you can qualify for free legal assistance. Understand the powers and responsibilities guardians have under Minnesota law, and how successor guardians are chosen and appointed.


Upcoming AuSM Skillshops include:
Managing Screen Addiction and Cyber Safety on May 15.
Females on the Spectrum on June 12.
Special Needs and Special Sibs: A Family AuSM Skillshop on Oct. 16.
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