Nov. 15, 2018 News for the Minnesota autism community.
Your top 5 ways to be AuSM today
#1: Donate to AuSM on Give to the Max Day
Please consider donating to the Autism Society of Minnesota on this statewide day of generosity. 100% of donations stay in this community, and every dollar counts. Click on the below link to support AuSM. Double your dollars thanks to a generous match fund created by the Pentair Foundation; the AuSM Board of Directors; Andre Best, Best Home Care; Joan and Jeff Hamiel; and Dorothy Waltz. Your dollars will be doubled up to $12,950!

Give to the Max Day Donation Incentives
Thank you to Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, Home Depot, and Wuollet Bakery
$10+: Bruegger's coupon for free bagel with cream cheese
$25+: Bruegger's coupon for dozen bagels; Wuollet coupon for a free cupcake; entry into Home Depot prize drawing; entry into Bruegger's bottomless mug drawing
$40+: Bruegger's coupon for bagel bundle; Wuollet coupon for a free cupcake; entry into Home Depot prize drawing; entry into Bruegger's bottomless mug drawing

#2: Register for Steps for Autism in Minnesota
Steps of Hope is taking on a new name and rallying some new excitement in 2019. Steps for Autism in Minnesota , AuSM's 19th annual family fun walk and the state’s largest autism resource fair, will take place at Southdale Center on March 3, 2019. Each participant is an autism hero, rallying for the 1 in 42 individuals living with autism in Minnesota. Steps for Autism will begin with the third annual AuSM Flash Dash presented by Accra , an all ages and abilities quick walk from 9-9:15 a.m. that will be done in a flash. Families and individuals who register for the AuSM Flash Dash will receive medals at the finish line and bragging rights for completion. Steps for Autism dollars directly support local families and individuals living with autism, from birth through retirement. Donations stay in the community by funding AuSM's innovative programs and services. 

#3: Submit a Call for Papers for 2018 Conference
Proposals for presenting at the 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference are due tomorrow, Nov. 16. 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. The Minnesota Autism Conference Education Committee will evaluate proposals and you will be contacted by Dec. 21, 2018 regarding the status of your proposal. 

#4: Check out the new Como Zoo Adult Classes
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul will hold four single-session classes for adults with autism, ages 18+, over the next few months. Sessions will include "Arctic" on Dec. 15; "Africa" on Jan. 5; "Tropical Rain Forests" on Jan. 26; and "Adaptations" on Feb. 16. Adults with autism are invited to explore Como and learn from their education specialists. Sessions have limited space; participants are encouraged to register early. The cost is $25 per session for AuSM members and $30 per session for non-members. Register for a single session or multiple sessions. 

#5: Learn something new in Life with Autism
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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.

BONUS: More AuSM offerings!

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

Suicidality and Suicide Prevention
Jan. 22, 2019
Lionsgate Academy, Minnetonka

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 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
AuSM is pleased to announce its newest project,  AuSM’s Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota . This reference tool and planning guide for families and individuals with autism and other sensory sensitivities will contain information about why sensory-friendly events and activities are important for our community, how to make an event or activity sensory-friendly, personal stories, and a calendar guide of sensory-friendly offerings throughout Minnesota. AuSM’s Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota will be distributed in January 2019.

Sensory-friendly event and activity guide listings are FREE.  Click here to submit your events and activities by Nov. 30, 3018. Advertising also is available, and advertisers will be highlighted with bolded guide listings and logo placement.  Click here for more information about advertising  or contact Kelly Thomalla at  kthomalla@ausm.org . We look forward to sharing this resource with our community!