March 15, 2019 News for the Minnesota autism community.
AuSM Featured Articles
Students go "Into the Wild" for hockey experience
AuSM, the Minnesota Wild, and Associated Bank had a great morning with students from Lionsgate Academy and Academy of Whole Learning as they explored Xcel Energy Center on March 14. During this special "Into the Wild" event opportunity, students were able to watch the Minnesota Wild warm ups, toured the arena, and participated in educational stations offered by Associated Bank and AuSM. Thank you to event partners, volunteers, Xcel Energy Center staff, and Allegra and image360-Downtown Saint Paul for sponsoring the Into the Wild T-shirts.

Steps for Autism 2019 celebrates autism community
Hundreds braved the subzero temperatures and participated in an amazing morning of autism community building and celebrating during Steps for Autism in Minnesota 2019 at Southdale Center on March 3. Thank you to our volunteers; emcee Miss Shannan Paul; sponsors and resource table participants; AuSM Flash Dash presenter, Accra; Mudonna; Goldy Gopher; The Royal Sisterhood; and A Moment of Magic Foundation. Thanks, too, to the Autism Society of America's Lori Ireland who joined us for Steps for Autism. Ireland also presented AuSM with a surprise $5,000 donation from the Ireland Family Foundation. We are so grateful for our donors, fundraisers, and supporters. The dedication and appreciation you show for this community is inspiring and beautiful! Because of you, AuSM continues to fulfill it's mission of enhancing the lives of those affected by autism. Minnesota is one AWESOME autism community!
Attorneys for Autism gathering supports local autism community
Cheers to all of the law firms that participated in the AuSM Development Committee's Attorneys for Autism event at Bad Weather Brewing Company on March 7. Generous attorneys and law firms donated more than $6,500 in support of programs and services for our local autism community. Thank you, Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager; Atkinson Law Office; Hansen, Dordell, Bradt, Odlaug & Bradt; Heacox Hartman; Malone & Atchison; Meuser Law Office; Mottaz Law; Robert Wilson & Associates; and Schmidt & Salita.
Register for the 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference
Registration for the 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is open. Held April 24-27 at a new venue , the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, the conference is where we'll join our voices as a passionate network to connect and inspire innovation. Here, expert speakers, educators, professionals, caregivers, and individuals with autism have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those on the autism spectrum.

The 2019 event will feature 39 breakout sessions and four keynote speakers including Sue Swenson, MBA sponsored by LEND; Theresa M. Regan, PhD, CBIS, CAS; Patrick Schwarz, PhD sponsored by St. David's Center for Child & Family Development; and Jennifer O'Toole sponsored by Minnesota Independence College & Community.

Click here to view detailed conference schedule on AuSM's website.

5th Annual AuSM Fun & Games Gala
April 26, 2019 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest

Join AuSM for an exciting evening bringing the community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, prizes, a silent auction, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. All gala proceeds will benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community.

Tickets: $85/individual; $800/table of 10 
(tax-deductible amounts: $50/ticket and $450/table)

Now is a great time to become an AuSM member
For nearly half a century, AuSM has offered Minnesota a place to learn, access services, and develop skills. AuSM membership connects you to a common community that acts without judgment, nurtures potential, advances knowledge, and builds awareness. Join our supportive network to find programs, services, and resources. Become an AuSM Member now through April 10 and your name will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the AuSM Fun & Games Gala on April 26. The gala will bring our community together for food, drinks, games, auctions, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals on the spectrum. A $170 value!

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.

Support AuSM summer campers
AuSM's camp directors have created an AuSM Summer Camp Wish List on Amazon to help improve the camp experience and better serve campers during the 2019 AuSM Summer Camp season. Wish list items range from $6 and up and can be shipped directly to AuSM. If you would like a tax form for your purchased wish list item, please provide your e-mail address in the gift memo field when you are purchasing. Also, when shopping on Amazon (for wish list items or otherwise!), please be sure to select AuSM as your Amazon Smile charity, and Amazon will give a percentage of your purchase to support our local autism community. Your generosity means so much to us and this amazing community we serve. Thank you! 
Become an AuSM Autism Awareness Month Partner
April is National Autism Awareness Month, a special opportunity to show your support for the autism community. AuSM invites you go beyond awareness and to celebrate autism inclusion and appreciation! We encourage businesses and organizations to partner with AuSM in April 2019 to celebrate this amazing autism community! Click here for more information on how to get involved.
AuSM annual meeting is March 27
AuSM members are invited to join us for AuSM's annual meeting on Wednesday, March 27. Check-in will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. Please RSVP to or call 651.647.1083 by March 25 if you are able to join us. Click here for more information.
AuSM Education
AuSM's spring social skills classes
AuSM has a full line up of social skills classes for youth, teens, and adults with autism in the coming months. These activities are sure to keep you warm, even though the outside temps still might be chilly.

April 13 (Ages 13+)
May 11 (Ages 8-12) 

Saturdays, April 6-May 11 (Ages 14-26)

Saturdays, May 4-18 (Ages 10-16) 

Monthly (Ages 14+) at the Wescott Library

Monthly (Ages 18+) at AuSM

Contact AuSM's education department at 651.647.1083 ext. 22 or  for further details, or click on the above links to get registered for some springtime fun today!
Register for some summer fun
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.

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

Evaluations and Assessments
March 26, 2019

What Autistic People Wish You Knew
May 14, 2019
Autism Society of Minnesota

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

Helping Your Child with ASD Learn to Ride a Bike
June 11, 2019
Autism Society of Minnesota

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: Timberwolves Autism Awareness Game with AuSM
Target Center
April 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Join AuSM and the Minnesota Timberwolves for a special autism celebration game on Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Target Center in Minneapolis. The Minnesota autism community will be celebrated during a pre-game ceremony before the Timberwolves take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The first block of tickets for this game sold out, so the Timberwolves have released an additional block. Game tickets range from $30-$76 per seat, depending on the selected section. $5 from each ticket purchased will support AuSM's programs and services for the local autism community. Click here to view a pdf of the event flyer and arena layout. Celebrate this amazing autism community with us and the Minnesota Timberwolves! Click here to order tickets. Use promo code AUSM.
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.

March 15: Third-Friday Dances St. Louis Park Recreation Center Reach For Resources
March 15: ASD Respite Nights YMCA Austin 
March 16: Owl Moon, Stages Theatre Company
March 16: Sensory-Friendly Saturdays, Wescott Library   
March 17: Sensory-Friendly Sunday, Science Museum of Minnesota 
March 17: Adaptive Climbing Nights, Midwest Climbing Academy 
March 17: Sensory-Friendly Day, Duluth Children’s Museum 
March 19: Sensory Jump Night Pump It Up Eden Prairie 
March 20: Mixed Blood Theatre Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Production of Roe
March 30: Sensory-Friendly Experiences at the Aquarium! Great Lakes Aquarium 
April 2: Sensory-Friendly Tuesdays Cheap Skate
April 5: Parents’ Night Out Trinity Church/Special Journeys 
April 5: Teen Night ARC Mower County
April 7: Sensory-Friendly Bunny Northtown Mall  
April 7: Sensory-Friendly Jump Urban Air Adventure Park
April 8: Sensory Jump Night Pump It Up Plymouth