May 1, 2019 News for the Minnesota autism community.
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State autism conference offers connections and smiles
Thank you to the more than 600 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference participants who came together April 24-27 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest. Participants engaged in 39 breakout sessions and four keynote presentations. They also networked with exhibitors and each other and visited the AuSM Bookstore for a wide variety of resources. Thank you, too, to our volunteers who dedicated their time and sponsors who made this event possible: Accra; Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC; Cargill; Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes; Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities; Minnesota Independence College & Community; MN LEND; and St. David's Center for Child & Family Development. Save the date for next year's milestone conference - the 25th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference - to be held April 22-25, 2020 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest.

25th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference Call for Papers
It's not too early to start thinking about submitting a proposal for presentation during the 25th Anniversary year for the state autism conference! Click here to download the Call for Papers for the 2020 conference, which will take place April 22-25, 2020 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest.
AuSM's gala brings fun, games, and celebrating
Thank you to AuSM Fun & Games gala participants, volunteers, and planning committee members who made AuSM's 5th annual gala a night to remember. Participants enjoyed fantastic food, drinks, games, prizes, a silent auction, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. Honorees included Jean Bender, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Michael Corrigan, Miller Hertaus, and Deeqaifrah Hussein. Thank you also to our many donors and overall sponsors: Platinum: Lions United Fitness Center; Gold: Cargill; and Silver: Merchant & Gould; and our photographer, Stef Odberg Photography. All gala proceeds will benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community.
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!

Volunteers needed for MN Orchestra event
The Minnesota Orchestra is hosting its second Sensory-Friendly Family Concert, The Tin Forest, on Sunday, May 12, and is seeking volunteers to help make this event positive for all participants. Volunteer shifts are from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and all volunteers receive a free T-shirt, lunch, and concert ticket.

If you are able to help, please e-mail Robyn DeCourcy, AuSM Education Specialist, at by Wednesday, May 8. Robyn will need your first and last name, e-mail address, phone number, T-shirt size, and dietary restrictions if you have them. For more information, contact us at 651.647.1083.
AuSM Education
AuSM's May class offerings
Let's Get Growing
May 11 (Ages 8-12) 
Discover what is growing on the farm by planting in the greenhouse or gardens and visiting baby farm animals. Participants must be able to demonstrate self-care skills without assistance and independently follow directions and safety rules, including remaining with the group at all times. An autism specialist will support participants.

May 11 at the Autism Society of Minnesota in St. Paul
Join this session to learn about the impact of autism on adults, regardless of where their strengths and needs lie along the autism spectrum. Obtain information about independent living; advocating for and accessing supports and accommodations; employment and workplace issues; self-determination and strategies for inclusion; and more.

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 and education today!
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

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

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: Sensory-Friendly at The Bakken
Sensory-Friendly Programming at The Bakken Museum
Located in Uptown Minneapolis, The Bakken Museum inspires a passion for innovation by exploring the potential for science, technology, and the humanities to make the world a better place.
The Museum has partnered with the AuSM to adjust the museum experience and develop programming with a focus on sensory processing differences.
Join The Bakken Museum on Saturday, May 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for a special sensory-friendly event with lowered volume on interactive exhibits, dimmed lights throughout the museum, additional sensory friendly signage, therapy animals, and music. For more event details, The Bakken Museum’s social narrative, accessibility and amenities information, click here.
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 3: Parents’ Night Out Trinity Church/Special Journeys 
May 3: Teen Night, ARC Mower County 
May 4: The Most Magnificent Thing, Stages Theatre Company
May 4: Sensory-Friendly Saturdays, Wescott Library 
May 5: Sensory-Friendly Jump, Urban Air Adventure Park
May 7: Sensory-Friendly Tuesdays, Cheap Skate  
May 9: Sensory-Friendly Storytime, Wild Rumpus  
May 11: Sensory-Friendly Second Saturdays, TPT Twin Cities PBS 
May 11: Sensory-Friendly Saturdays, Wentworth Library
May 12: Family Concert: The Tin Forest, Minnesota Orchestra
May 13: Sensory Jump Night, Pump It Up Plymouth 
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