Sept. 15, 2018 News for the Minnesota autism community.
AuSM Featured Articles
2019 state autism conference announcement
Have you heard the that 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is moving to a new venue? AuSM's executive director, Ellie Wilson, announced on Facebook Live last week that the 2019 event will be held at the Marriott Minneapolis Southwest. We look forward to sharing this new, more accessible, easier to navigate hotel with our community. Watch AuSM's website for 2019 keynote speaker announcements soon. Want to be a presenter at the conference? Click here for details.
AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit is next Saturday
The first annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit presented by Anime Twin Cities will take place next Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus and will include a keynote presentation and nine breakout sessions featuring topics including mental health, executive functioning, sensory needs, employment, relationships, and more. This event is for adults with autism by adults with autism. In addition to gathering wisdom from life experiences by adults on the spectrum, collect resources from the AuSM Bookstore, network with peers, and visit with vendors who support adults on the spectrum. 

AuSM is pleased to welcome sponsors Anime Twin Cities; Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC; FIND Network; Minnesota Independence College & Community (formerly Minnesota Life College); and xStellar, Inc.

Online registration will close on Sept. 20. Walk-in registrants are welcome, space permitting. Click here for more information and to register.
All aboard the AuSM Pumpkin Trolley 2018
AuSM invites individuals and families affected by autism to experience the thrill of riding a trolley, spend some time with Minnesota autism community friends, pick a perfect pumpkin, and participate in fun activities during the AuSM Pumpkin Trolley 2018 event from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on Oct. 13. The event, sponsored by Anime Twin Cities and FIND Network, will take place at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum's Linden Hill Station in Minneapolis and is $10 for AuSM member families and $15 for non-members. Space is limited.

Sartell autism workshop and emergency preparedness trainings 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.

Autism Emergency Preparedness Trainings
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Two concurrent autism training sessions for first responders also will be offered during the Autism Supports, Strategies, and Resources Workshop. Participants in those training sessions will be invited to join workshop participants for lunch where they can meet with the community and learn more about working with individuals with autism.

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

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)

AuSM Advocacy
Join the AuSM Advocacy Committee
Part of AuSM’s mission is ensuring that our laws and public policies support individuals and families living with autism. AuSM is committed to having a voice at the Minnesota legislature as well as creating public policy by maintaining a presence on key committees, task forces, and organizations. AuSM is mobilizing the autism community to help recommend policy priorities for the 2019 legislative session. Your perspective counts! If you would like to be a voice on AuSM’s Advocacy Committee, join us for one of two information sessions held at AuSM this month. The first will be on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 5-7 p.m. and the second on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 1-3 p.m. Please RSVP to or call 651.647.1083.
AuSM Education
Register today!
AuSM classes and activities offer low-stress, accepting environments that promote learning and growth while celebrating neurodiversity. Check out our Minnesota Zoo fall class highlight!  

Better Than We Found It 
Meets Sundays from 1-2:30 p.m.
Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 2018
The Minnesota Zoo is on a mission to save wildlife and encourages you to join us in our effort to create responsible stewards of all of us. Learning the skills necessary to do so is the first step of becoming a conservation champion! Enjoy the Minnesota Zoo while connecting with nature and discovering how to make a difference. As a guest scientist, you will analyze the systems that make up the Minnesota Zoo and explore how scientists conduct research to better understand ways that humans can manipulate land and habitats to make them better for wildlife. Register today!

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.

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. SESSION IS FULL  
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  SESSION IS FULL
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.  
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.  
Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Learn with AuSM Skillshops and Certification

Sept. 27, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus, Opus Hall, Room 321

Oct. 16, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
St. David's Center, Minnetonka

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

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

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
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.
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