May 15, 2018  News and events for the Minnesota autism community.

AuSM Golf Classic 2018 to be held at brand new course, Royal Golf Club, in Lake Elmo
Join the Autism Society of Minnesota and avid Minnesota golfers for the 23rd Annual AuSM Golf Classic, a fundraising event for the local autism community. Held Aug. 6 at its new location, the new Royal Golf Club course in Lake Elmo, Minn., this amazing golf classic is sure to be the best Monday of your summer!

Rolling hills, mature trees and abundant wildlife provide the scenic backdrop to the challenging, yet approachable 18-hole course. The front nine, or the Queen's Nine, was designed by Annika Sorenstam, and the back nine, known as the King's Nine, was designed by Arnold Palmer. Together, these golf legends envisioned a multi-generational golfing experience; a place where beginners would feel comfortable in learning, and where experienced players could test their skills.

2019 Call for Papers Open
Planning for the next state autism conference in April 2019 is well underway. Are you interested in being a presenter at the next state-wide event of the year for the Minnesota autism community? The 2019 Call for Papers is open now. Suggested topics include but are not limited to positive behavior supports; siblings; strategies for parents; strategies for educators; managing behaviors; transition; sex; gender identity; early intervention; mental health; employment; current research; Individual Education Plans (IEPs); emotion regulation; sensory integration; and social skills. 

2019 Call for Papers submissions are due on Nov. 16, 2018.  The Minnesota Autism Conference Education Committee will evaluate proposals and you will be contacted by Dec. 21, 2018 regarding the status of your proposal.  Click here to access the 2019 Call for Papers submission form.
Flint Hills Family Festival and Panda's Home Sensory Friendly Performance
On June 1-2, join the Ordway for the 2018 Flint Hills Family Festival. Plan a day of excitement with your friends and family, featuring the best international performing artists from around the globe! This festival will include a sensory-friendly performance of Panda's Home on June 2 at 10 a.m. Our smallest Festival-goers will embark on an immersive theater experience that follows a panda on an imaginary journey through China's stories, traditions, and culture. Through the use of dance, sound, interactive projected images and play, the dancers and students alike will encounter bamboo forests, monsters, fireworks, and kites as they explore the five elements of Wu Xing-wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Presented by Compagnia TPO (Italy) in co-production with China's TONG Production and Teatro Metastasio Di Prato.   Click here to order your tickets today.
Make 2018 a summer to remember during Camp Hand in Hand
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 or 651.647.1083. 

We're also searching for a registered nurse to help during session 3 of Camp Hand in Hand. Click here for a position description, and contact Terri for more info.
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. 

The following classes have just a few openings remaining:
Lowry Nature Center (ages 13-18)
Toneworks Art Camp (ages 10-21)
2018 AuSM Summer Social Skills classes in Duluth 
AuSM is pleased to partner with the Lake Superior Zoo and the Great Lakes Aquarium to offer two exciting social skills classes for youth with autism. 

July 23-27, 2018 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

July 30-Aug. 2, 2018 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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.

Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 2018
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
AuSM Skillshops

Oct. 16, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Special Needs & Special Sibs: A Family AuSM Skillshop
Presenter: Jennifer S. Reinke, PhD, LAMFT, CFLE
Location: St. David's Center

"Autism doesn't just affect my kid, it affects our whole family," a mother of an 8-year-old child with autism said. Explore the unique challenges, rewards, and dynamics experienced by families impacted by a variety of special needs. Special emphasis will be placed on the experiences and needs of siblings (ages 10+) who have a brother or sister with special needs. All family members are welcome at this AuSM Skillshop.


The 2018-2019 AuSM Skillshop line-up will be announced soon!
Autism Society of Minnesota supporters sustain the work that has helped so many in the Minnesota autism community. AuSM's drive for continuing this work is strong - we constantly look for ways to serve you even better. 100% of donations stay in the Minnesota autism community, and every dollar counts. We appreciate your generosity, and we look forward to continuing to be your resource for autism programs and services.

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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