Sept. 1, 2019 News for the Minnesota autism community.
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Register today for the AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit
The first annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit presented by Anime Twin Cities will take place 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; Minnesota Independence College & Community (formerly Minnesota Life College); FIND Network; and Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC.

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.

Ask the Attorney
Provided by Jason Schellack, JD
Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC

I’ve heard there are different kinds of guardianship, including a limited guardianship. How do I know what kind of guardianship is best for my child?

You are right! Minnesota recognizes both general guardianships and limited guardianships. There are seven different guardianship “powers” available under Minnesota law, addressing the issues of place of abode, education, personal property, medical treatment, contracts, supervision, and applying for government benefits. A general guardian has all available powers under Minnesota law. A limited guardian has less than all seven powers. The vast majority of guardianships we work on at Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC are limited guardianships. It’s even possible to establish a guardianship with only one single power, such as an educational guardianship or a medical guardianship. It really depends on what your child’s needs are, and what powers are necessary to protect their needs.

What is the difference between a power of attorney, health care directive, and a guardianship?

All three of these options are available to support an individual who needs help making important decisions. The main difference is how these arrangements can be modified or terminated. Using a health care directive, an individual can name health care agents, such as their parents or spouse, to make medical decisions on their behalf. Using a power of attorney, an individual can name an attorney-in-fact, such as their parents or spouse, to make financial decisions on their behalf. These are private agreements that can be terminated whenever the individual chooses to do so. There is no court involvement to establish or terminate a health care directive or power of attorney. A guardianship, on the other hand, is established by a court order. With a guardianship, the court, and not the individual with the disability, gives guardians the right to make decisions on behalf of the individual with a disability. Also, a guardianship can only be terminated or modified by a new court order, which generally requires parents to return to court.

AuSM Education
Register today!
AuSM classes and activities offer low-stress, accepting environments that promote learning and growth while celebrating neurodiversity.  

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.  
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.

AuSM Skillshops
Sept. 27, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. 
Special Education: How To Get What You Need
By: L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, PhD and Deequaifrah Hussein 
Location: University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus, Opus Hall, Room 321

This AuSM Skillshop will help parents, guardians, and other stakeholders gain a better understanding of the special education process, categories and criteria for qualification, common words and acronyms used in special education, and due process rights.

Oct. 16, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. 
Special Needs & Special Sibs: A Family AuSM Skillshop
By: Jennifer S. Reinke, PhD, LAMFT, CFLE 
Location: St. David's Center

Explore the unique challenges, rewards, and dynamics experienced by families impacted by a variety of special needs. Special emphasis will be placed on the experiences and needs of siblings (ages 10+) who have a brother or sister with special needs. All family members are welcome at this AuSM Skillshop.

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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