March 15, 2017        Connecting you with the Minnesota autism community.

A Note from Jonah Weinberg, Executive Director
I'm pleased to announce that registration for the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is well underway and registrations are selling quickly. Given all of the great speakers and valuable information we have in store for this 2017 event, I am not surprised to see registrations pouring in. This year's conference will feature keynote speakers Temple Grandin, an autism community icon; Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes; Kerry Magro, an award-winning disability advocate; and Chris Ulmer, special education teacher and motivational speaker. The conference will also feature over 30 fantastic breakout sessions, the resource-filled AuSM Bookstore will be open, and exhibitors featuring the products and services for which you have been searching. 

Visit our website to learn more conference details. We hope to see you in April, a time when we celebrate not only autism awareness, but also autism inclusion and appreciation.

Have an AuSM day!

AuSM Executive Director
Register today for the state autism conference
The Autism Society of Minnesota invites you to participate in the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 26-29, 2017. 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 take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place and will feature keynote speakers Temple Grandin, Steve Silberman, Kerry Magro, and Chris Ulmer; 30+ cutting-edge breakout sessions delivered by autism experts; 40 exhibitors offering autism products and services; the AuSM Bookstore; and much more. Registrations are selling quickly and space is limited.


Click here for a detailed 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism 
Conference schedule. Click here to register!
AuSM Educator Challenge entries due today
Hey, Minnesota educators! AuSM and special education teacher Chris Ulmer invite you to tell us how you encourage and motivate your students. Positive words, an upbeat dance, a personalized high-five - we want to know how you inspire and support your students each day.

Five educators who enter will be given free tickets to attend Chris Ulmer's state autism conference keynote presentation from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on April 28 and will share their tips or strategies with the audience. The 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will take place April 26-29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place.

Click here for a special message from Chris Ulmer.

Click here to enter. Submissions are due by the end of the day today, and winners will be notified April 1, 2017.  For more information, click here.
Oh, the AuSM Places We'll Go!
AuSM's 3rd Annual Gala Celebration
AuSM's third annual gala celebration will take place from 6-10 p.m. on April 28, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place and will feature an exciting evening of fantastic food, drinks, games of chance and mystery, and a silent auction.

2017 AuSM Gala Honorees 
AuSM is proud to recognize the following individuals and businesses who have inspired and supported Minnesota's autism community while going above and beyond in the areas of leadership, advocacy, volunteerism, community, and education. More details about the honorees will be available soon on the AuSM website.

Larry Moody
Jill Pring
Molly Steinke
Chris and Marna Bame, Lube-Tech
Navigating MSP Airport and Delta Air Lines

Register today to celebrate with us on April 28!

Steps of Hope 2017 an amazing community experience
It was a beautiful morning to bring the Minnesota autism community together for Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017 at Southdale Center. Hundreds of supportive families and friends filled the mall walkways as they participated in the first ever AuSM Flash Dash presented by Accra Care, gathered information from more than 70 resource tables, enjoyed healthy snacks, took pictures with a happy T-rex and Mudonna, and had tons of fun. Thank you to our emcees Mike "Muss" Mussman from K102 and AuSM champion Shannan Paul, Larry Moody as our friendly T-rex, The Royal Sisterhood princesses, Anime Twin Cities superheroes, all of our sponsors, volunteers, the AuSM board, AuSM staff, and fantastic participants. You made Steps of Hope 2017 AMAZING!
Become an AuSM Autism Awareness Month Partner in April
April is National Autism Awareness Month, a special opportunity to show your support for the autism community. AuSM invites your business or organization to partner with us in April 2017 to raise awareness about autism. Click here for more information and to sign on as an AuSM Autism Awareness Month Partner. 
Autism Awareness Day with the Minnesota Twins: April 23, 2017
Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins, and AuSM are teaming up to offer discounted tickets to Twins versus the Detroit Tigers game on April 23 at 1:10 p.m. Join us to cheer on the Twins with your family and friends. All ticket purchasers are invited to take part in a special pre-game parade (arrival by 12 p.m.) to increase awareness of autism in Twins Territory. Cost: U.S. Bank Home Run Porch View: $11 (normally $12); $3 per ticket will support Autism Awareness and AuSM. Click here to order your tickets.
Artists wanted for Autism Awareness Month display
The Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank is seeking artwork created by artists with autism to feature in its gallery during Autism Awareness Month in April. Artists are welcome to submit a variety of different media, including photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and others. If the artwork is intended to be displayed on the wall, it should be provided in a format that is ready to be hung. If you or someone you know would like to submit art for display, AuSM will accept submissions, on behalf of the bank, at its office in St. Paul through March 24. 

Artwork submitted for this display will be on display from April 3-26 and seen primarily by bank staff and visitors; because the bank is a secure facility, the general public will not have access to the gallery. However, artists whose work is being displayed will be invited to an optional special event at the bank on April 26 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Artists must make arrangements for their artwork to be picked up from the bank on April 26. For additional information, e-mail or call Jillian Nelson at AuSM at 651.647.1083.
Social opportunities for adults with autism survey
AuSM is interested in providing new social opportunities for adults on the spectrum, and has put together a brief survey to get feedback about your interests and availability. Please click on the below link to complete our survey. We look forward to presenting you with new activities and opportunities based on feedback from you and our awesome community! Responses are due by the end of the day today. Click here to take the survey.
Expanded AuSM support group offerings survey
AuSM would like your feedback as we look to expand our support group options for the community. Please help us serve more Minnesotans affected by autism by sharing your thoughts on which support groups would be most valuable.  This survey specifically relates to a possible parent/caregiver support group and a possible addiction support group; however, the final question asks for other support group topic requests. We greatly appreciate your feedback and time. Survey responses are due by the end of the day today. Click here to take the survey.
Experiences with health care professionals: sharing your story
Carrie Dickson, MS, APRN, CNM, CNE, a doctor of nursing practice student from Minnesota State University in Mankato, is working with AuSM to gather personal stories from people with autism on their experiences with health care professionals. From now through April 15, Dickson is seeking stories from self-advocates with autism, parents, caregivers, and direct support staff about positive and negative interactions within the general health care system, including, but not limited to, emergency room visits, clinics, dentist offices, paramedics, hospitals, ophthalmologist offices, etc.

Social Skills Classes
Summer Camps (Day and Residential)
Summer activities abound - swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, geocaching, science, filmmaking,  horseback riding, music, yoga, theater, bonfires, and more. Everyone deserves the chance to take advantage of  all summer has to offer. AuSM Social Skills classes and AuSM Camps provide these opportunities - each one  tailored to give youth and adults with autism a fun, safe, and exciting experience while they increase self-esteem,
expand knowledge, and build friendships that last a lifetime. AuSM also welcomes individuals with other learning  differences who can benefit from skills including sensory integration, executive functioning, theory of mind, self-regulation,  and emotional regulation.

Registration for classes and camps is open!


Twin Cities Summer Social Skills Classes

Duluth Summer Social Skills Classes

AuSM SUMMER CAMPS (must be an AuSM Member to register and participate)

Hand in Hand (ages 9+, residential)  All sessions are FULL - Applicants will be placed on wait list.
Life with Autism Series 
AuSM's Life with Autism Series offers information and strategies to parents, family members, relatives, caregivers of individuals with autism, educators, and the community through engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Participants also learn about available services and resources. 

Intro to Autism
Develop an understanding of the basics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), resource options, and positive behavior supports. Learn how families, schools, and the medical community can work together to educate and support those with ASD. Get practical tips on helping individuals with ASD meet their potential.

One Session Class 
Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost Per Individual 
AuSM Member: $25; Non-Member: $40


Adolescence and Transition (ages 11-21)
This Saturday!
Obtain information on topics including parent emotions, the impact of autism on adolescents, independence in daily living skills, public social skills, reciprocal relationships, sexuality, privacy and safety, transitions into adult living and workplace issues, self-determination skills, behavior management, and emotions.

One Session Class 
Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (bring own lunch)

Cost for Two Family Members/Caregivers 
AuSM Member: $50; Non-Member: $75

Adults (ages 18+)
Obtain information on topics such as impact of autism on adults, independence in daily living skills, social skills across settings including the workplace, reciprocal relationships, sexuality, privacy and safety, transitions into adult living, workplace issues, self-determination skills, behavior management, and emotions.

One Session Class 
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (bring own lunch)

Cost for Two Family Members/Caregivers 
AuSM Member: $50; Non-Member: $75

AuSM Skillshops

March 23, 2017 from 7-9 p.m.
Electronic Addiction: How to Break Free From Battles Over Screens
Presenter: Barb Andrus, BS, CAPS
Location: St. David's Center

Have you ever tried to limit electronics but then given in because your child wouldn't stop badgering you? Do you feel guilty for sometimes giving in so your child is entertained rather than complaining? There is a real "addictive" quality to electronics and a proven, step-by-step protocol to restore health and harmony to families. Receive solutions from the Free Your Family From Electronic Addiction protocol that are key to having a calmer, more cooperative child with healthy boundaries around electronic usage.


April 13, 2017: Self-Regulation Through the Mind-Body Connection
May 9, 2017: Mindful Parenting: How to Stop the Fighting, Yelling, and Frustration

SUMMER and FALL 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, 15-hour course will give practical solutions for working with people on the spectrum. 

Who should participate?
  • Job Coaches
  • Support Staff
  • Personal Care Attendants (PCAs)
  • EIDBI Tier 3 Providers
  • Educational Aides
  • Direct Support Personnel
  • Group Home Staff
  • Day Training and Habilitation Professionals
  • Anyone who works directly with individuals with autism
Summer 2017 Session
Mondays from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
June 12-16, 2017

Fall 2017 Session
Fridays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sept. 15, 22, 29, and Oct. 6, 13, 2017

Therapy and Support
With more than 80 years of combined experience with individuals with autism, AuSM's team of highly trained and licensed therapists wants you to feel comfortable and knowledgeable as we undertake this journey together, striving for positive, individual-focused goals. 

AuSM sends out a monthly "Ask the Therapist" e-mail where AuSM's therapists answer questions submitted by the Minnesota autism community.  Click here  to read the "Ask the Therapist" archive. To submit a question, e-mail

New AuSM Support Group
LGBT-QIA Adults with Autism Support Group
For: Adults with autism spectrum disorder who identify as LGBT-QIA.

Time: This group meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 6-6:50 p.m.
2017 Schedule: March 23, April 20, May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 16 (3rd Thursday due to Thanksgiving), Dec. 28
Cost: FREE
Location: AuSM Office. No cost to attend. Call 651.647.1083 to RSVP. If you do not RSVP, the meeting may be cancelled without notice.
Information and Resources
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