May 15, 2019 News for the Minnesota autism community.
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Summer solutions for those seeking adventure
AuSM's Hand in Hand, Discovery, and Wahode camp programs are full, but if you're still searching for adventure this summer, many options are available.

True Friends Adventure Trips
True Friends, home to AuSM's Camp Discovery, offers camps for youth and adults with a wide range of disabilities. Though these camps are not affiliated with AuSM, True Friends camps serve individuals of all abilities and offers sessions in June, July, and August.

This summer, True Friends has expanded their Adventure Trips to support more youth interested in exploring the great outdoors. Adventure Trips are staffed at a 1:3 care staffing ratio and include a Wilderness guide to help participants build skills and enhance their confidence. True Friends is a Department of Human Services licensed facility and service fees can be covered by Traditional and CDCS waivers. For questions about True Friends Adventure Trips, please contact Jason Colvin at 952.222.1053 or click here. To learn more about True Friends and explore the full 2019 Camp Catalog click here.

AuSM Summer Social Skills Classes
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. Social skills classes are staffed at a 1:4 staff-to-participant ratio.

Advocacy Alert: Contact your senator about maintaining the Heath Care Provider tax
Ensuring access to quality health care is a long-held Minnesota value. AuSM's Advocacy Committee encourages you to contact your local senators in support of Minnesotans who could lose access to vital care without the continuation of the Health Care Provider tax. Below is an e-mail template you can use to reach out to your senator:

Dear Senator:

I am writing to you regarding the proposed Senate budget and the cuts to PCA services and other disability supports. By choosing to end the Health Care Provider tax, we are creating a devastating deficit on our budget that is going to require massive cuts that will cause life and death impacts on the disability community. By creating waiver caps and limiting PCA access, we are reducing inclusion and independence for the most vulnerable Minnesotans. As a member of the autism community I urge you to revisit the budget, including reauthorizing the Health Care Provider tax, so that our community can continue to live self-directed lives and contribute to the growth of our state.
Click here to find your representative:
AuSM at Rock the Garden 2019
AuSM is proud to have been selected as the Rock the Garden 2019 nonprofit partner. Held June 29 from 1-10 p.m. at the Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Rock the Garden is one of the biggest outdoor music festivals of the season! One day, two stages, eight bands. AuSM will have a tent at the event and will provide resources to all participants. We are pleased to be a part of this iconic summer festival! Click here for more information about Rock the Garden 2019.
The Walker wants your input
The Walker Art Center is planning a new sensory-friendly event program for adults and young people, featuring gallery tours, art-making activities, and film screenings. We want this new program to be shaped directly by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or developmental disabilities and their loved ones. Please complete this short survey and share your feedback. Thank you for your feedback and input!
June autism workshop in Austin: ASD and Transitioning to Adulthood
Social Skills
On June 13 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., join Autism Friendly Austin, the Autism Society of Minnesota, and the Hormel Historic Home for this informative autism workshop. Sessions will feature topics including Understanding Autism and Positive Behavior Support; Executive Function, Emotional Regulation, and De-escalation Strategies; and ASD and Employment. The workshop will take place at Hormel Historic Home in Austin, Minn. Click here for more information and to register.

Community Resource Tables Available
If you offer products or services for the autism community, we invite you to participate in this workshop as a resource table vendor. Vendor tables are $50. For more information and to reserve your space, please contact Robyn DeCourcy at the Autism Society of Minnesota at 651.647.1083 ext. 22 or
August Summer Symposium: Evidence-Based Practices for Learners with ASD
On Aug. 8-9, 2019, engage with experienced professionals to enhance your practice with learners on the autism spectrum during the Summer Symposium. Held at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus, the Summer Symposium will include a content lecture examining developmental differences, linking challenges to educational needs and goals, and highlighting evidence-based practices that promote skill-building. Sessions also will include opportunity for small group breakouts for hands-on learning and knowledge share. Special educators, general educators, paraprofessionals, related-service providers, and administrators should plan to participate in this education-packed event. Click here for more information and to register.
Work at AuSM Summer Camp
Working at an AuSM Summer Camp is the perfect opportunity for students, para-professionals, teachers, and service providers. As an AuSM camp counselor, you have the chance to get valuable hands-on experience using structure, environmental supports, social stories, and individual communication systems. Apply to work any number of sessions you desire. As a camp counselor, you not only gain personal experience, you touch the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder by providing a unique camp experience.

Counselors especially are needed for session 1 of Camp Hand in Hand, June 23-28. Apply today!

AuSM Education
Register for some summer fun
Understanding Autism and Best Strategic Practices
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.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. 
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. 
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Learn with AuSM Skillshops and Certification

Supplemental Security Income: Am I Eligible?
June 4, 2019
Autism Society of Minnesota

2019-2020 AuSM Skillshops
will be announced soon!

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.

Summer 2019 Session
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
June 10-14, 2019

Fall 2019 Session
Fridays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 2019

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
Event Highlight: AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition at Mall of America on July 13
It's not too early to start planning to put your jigsaw puzzling passion to the test during the 2nd annual AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition held at the Mall of America Rotunda on Saturday, July 13. Gather your friends and family into teams of up to four that will compete for the fastest puzzle completion time. All proceeds support Autism Society of Minnesota programs and services for our local autism community. Prizes will be awarded in both the Adult and Family divisions to the teams completing their puzzle in the quickest time. Teams will keep their competition puzzle.

Devin Wildes, Local Artist
Puzzle art for the Family Division will be provided by Devin Wildes, a 24-year-old accomplished artist with autism. From sculpture, videography, jewelry making, screen printing, and painting in multiple mediums, Devin has the unique ability to express himself vividly through art. He has won several Davinci Fest awards, a Midwest Region Emmy, and his art has premiered in local galleries in Stillwater, Minn. Devin’s artistic talents have been highlighted by PBS and in the Pioneer Press , the Star Tribune , and Architectural Digest . AuSM is honored to have Devin’s artwork featured in this year’s puzzle competition!
In collaboration with community partners, AuSM is pleased to offer opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. Click here to visit AuSM's frequently-updated online Uniting the Community events and activities calendar.

Below is a highlight of upcoming events; more details about these and all 2019 events and activities are available at the above link.

May 17: Third-Friday Dances, St. Louis Park Recreation Center, Reach For Resources 
May 17: ASD Respite Nights YMCA Austin 
May 19: Sensory-Friendly Sunday, Science Museum of Minnesota 
May 19: Adaptive Climbing Nights, Midwest Climbing Academy 
May 19: Sensory-Friendly Day, Duluth Children’s Museum 
May 19: Sensory-Friendly Play, Eagles Nest Indoor Playground 
May 21: Sensory Jump Night, Pump It Up Eden Prairie 
May 25: Sensory-Friendly Sunday, The Bakken Museum
June 2: Sensory-Friendly Early Open: Galaxie Library
June 2: Sensory-Friendly Jump: Urban Air Adventure Park
June 4: Sensory-Friendly Tuesdays: Cheap Skate 
June 7: Parents’ Night Out Trinity Church/Special Journeys 
June 8: Sensory-Friendly Second Saturdays TPT, Twin Cities PBS 
June 9: Autism Friendly Hour: Battlecreek Waterworks Water Park 
June 10: Sensory Jump Night: Pump It Up Plymouth 
June 13: Sensory-Friendly Storytime: Wild Rumpus