Oct. 15, 2018 News for the Minnesota autism community.
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Introduction to C.A.R.E. with the SPPD
The Saint Paul Police Department invites individuals with autism and their caregivers to attend an introductory class about the Cops Autism Response Education (C.A.R.E.) program from 6-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. The class, held at the Saint Paul Police Department Western District Office in St. Paul, will include information about the following: understanding of police response to those on the autism spectrum; follow up and contact with those on the autism spectrum; question and answer session with police officers. The cost to participate is free, but registration is required.  Click here to register for this event.  For further information, e-mail  SPPD-Autism@ci.stpaul.mn.us  or Dawn Brasch at the Autism Society of Minnesota,  dbrasch@ausm.org .
Sartell autism workshop and emergency preparedness trainings Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
Autism Supports, Strategies, and Resources Workshop
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Join AuSM, Arc Midstate, Opportunity Matters, and WACOSA for this informative autism information share. Sessions will feature topics including autism 101, executive function, mental illness, positive supports, behavior strategies, and life planning. Lunch is included with registration. Coffee, tea, and water also will be provided.

First Responder Training from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Now part of the workshop sessions.
The morning session of the Autism Supports, Strategies, and Resources workshop from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. will feature information important to first responders, including police officers, firemen, EMTs, paramedics, security workers, ER and trauma workers, crisis team members, social workers, correctional officers, school safety officers, and bus drivers. Learn about autism, executive function, mental illness, positive supports, behavior strategies. Plan to join us for lunch and a panel discussion presented by individuals on the spectrum and parents. The lunch will be a great time to meet community members and to share valuable insight on working together in support of positive interactions. First responders also are welcome to join us for the afternoon portion of the workshop.

This workshop and training sessions have been made possible in part by a generous grant from Voigt's.

Fall Autism Festival and Costume Party
AuSM and the University of Minnesota's FIND Network are pleased to offer the 2018 Fall Autism Festival and Costume Party from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This event will feature AuSM's Caregivers of Kids with Autism free support group from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and a SPARK Research sign-up event from 9-10:30 a.m. and 12-1:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided during this October support group designed for parents and caregivers of school-age kids with autism age 4-21. Supervised games and activities will be available for children while parents and caregivers complete the SPARK study information. The event also will include prizes and treats.

The event is free, but registration by Nov. 5 is encouraged. To register for the support group and the party, e-mail  info@ausm.org  or call AuSM at 651.647.1083. To register for a SPARK appointment during the event,  click here .
Sun shines brightly on AuSM Pumpkin Trolley 2018
Thanks to sponsors Anime Twin Cities and FIND Network - Autism Research Connections for supporting the AuSM Pumpkin Trolley at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum on Saturday. The weather was a little chilly, but the sun shone brightly as families and individuals with autism enjoyed a trolley ride and picked perfect pumpkins. Thank you to everyone who came out and made this harvest time experience lots of fun! Thanks, too, to County Market of Andover and GoGo squeeZ for providing the beverages and treats! Visit AuSM's Uniting the Community Events page to learn more about upcoming events and activities.
Autism events in Rochester Nov. 9-10, 2018
The RT Autism Awareness Foundation is pleased to offer back-to-back events for the local autism community in Rochester Nov. 9-10, 2018.

Nov. 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. at RCTC Hill Theater: "Deej", a screening of the award-winning documentary about a non-speaking young autistic man, D.J. Savarese, who pursues his dream of attending college and advocating for autistic civil rights. D.J. Savarese will be present for a question/answer discussion following the film. Tickets: $5 per person.

Nov. 10, 2018 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 125 Live:  The Southeastern Minnesota Autism Symposium. This event will feature a full day of educational events and discussion about autism and community inclusion. Keynote presenters are D.J. Savarese and author Ralph Savarese. Tickets: $20 (general); $10 (individuals with ASD and caregivers); Optional Lunch Purchase: $10 (Catering by Canadian Honker)

Law & Order event held in Litchfield Nov. 17
On Nov. 17, WCI, in partnership with AuSM, will offer "Law & Order" a workshop for caregivers, family members, educators, professionals, and individuals with autism. The workshop, held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield, will feature AuSM's autism education specialists presenting on topics including: the characteristics of autism, strategies to prevent involvement, how to cope when involved with law enforcement, and creating a family safety plan. Certificates of attendance will be available for participants. 

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AuSM classes and activities offer low-stress, accepting environments that promote learning and growth while celebrating neurodiversity. Check out our Gale Woods Farm fall class highlight!  

Wet Felted Perfect Lil’ Pouch 
(Session 1 ages 8-12; Session 2 ages 13+) 
Create a fun felted project using wool, water, and soap to make your own wet felted pouch for trinkets and treasures. Meet the sheep and learn how the wool goes from sheep to final product. Materials are included in the program fee.
Oct. 20, 2018: Session 1 (ages 8-12) meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
Oct. 20, 2018: Session 2 (ages 13+) meets from 1-3 p.m.

Life with Autism Series
AuSM's Life with Autism Series offers information and strategies through engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Participants also learn about available services and resources while contributing to the direction of topics covered. Classes are held at AuSM. Cost: AuSM Members: $50 for one or two individuals/family members/caregivers; Non-Members $75.

FREE Class: Understanding Autism and Best Strategic Practices
Learn common characteristics of individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders. Obtain valuable insight on best practices to support people with autism and related disabilities. Thanks to the Hennepin County Autism Grant, these classes are offered FREE of charge at AuSM. Registration is required.

Learn with AuSM Skillshops and Certification

Oct. 30, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Autism Society of Minnesota

Nov. 27, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Lionsgate Academy, Shoreview

Autism and Co-Occuring Mental Health Disorders
Dec. 11, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
Autism Society of Minnesota

A Picture of Success: Improving Reading and Language Comprehension
Jan. 8, 2019
Lindamood-Bell, Edina

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.

Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 12, 19, 26, 2019

Mondays, 6-9 p.m.
March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 2019
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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.
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