August 1, 2018  News and events for the Minnesota autism community.

Thank You For Supporting AuSM At the AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition!
The AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition 2018 at the Mall of America was an amazing opportunity for puzzling, laughter, and coming together to support our local autism community. Thank you to our volunteers who helped make the event flow smoothly and to the participants who worked diligently to create some fantastic puzzles. 

We are very grateful to our sponsors who made this event possible and who offered support throughout the day: Mall of America; Thrivent Financial; Sony Pictures Classics; Puzzletwist; Games by James; CyBick Productions; Workhorse Photography; Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau; Grafix Shoppe; Five Below; and Alex & Ani. Cheers to all of the Adult Division and Family Division teams who competed. You are AuSM!

Save the date for next year's 2nd Annual AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition!
July 13, 2018
Mall of America Rotunda
Support the local autism community with a day on the greens - THIS MONDAY
Join the Autism Society of Minnesota and avid Minnesota golfers for the 23rd Annual AuSM Golf Classic, a fundraising event for the local autism community. Held Aug. 6 at its new location, the new Royal Golf Club course in Lake Elmo, Minn., this amazing golf classic is sure to be the best Monday of your summer!

Only two golf foursomes remain before this event is sold out!

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors, including Clubhouse Sponsor, Built on Bravery, an organization that focuses on health and fitness training for special needs athletes. Additional sponsors include: Allegra Downtown St. Paul; Family Innovations; Ipsity Inc.; John Roberts Company; Ken Peterson and The Ponds Golf Course; McNellis and Asato, Ltd.; Minnesota Autism Center; Aiden Higgins; Anastasi Jellum; Arctos Law PLLP; Auto Doctor Car Care Center; Marty Lass, PGA Professional;Mauer Chevrolet; Merrill Lynch; Mike And Pat Esterley from Edina Realty; MJT & Associates, LLC Financial Advisor Group; Nemer Fieger; True Friends; Viewpoint; Fox Sports North; and Lunch Sponsor, Chipotle.
AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit for adults on the spectrum registration open
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.

Science Museum of Minnesota Sensory-Friendly Sunday
Families and individuals affected by autism are invited to participate in the Science Museum of Minnesota's Sensory Friendly Sunday on Aug. 26 beginning at 9 a.m. The event will include accommodations such as lower video volume in the Race exhibit, lights up and lower volume in the Omnitheater, an additional quiet space on level 2 and an early open so that there aren't as many visitors in the building. The reduction in sensory stimuli will hopefully enable many visitors on the autism spectrum to have a more enjoyable visit to the Science Museum. AuSM will be on site to support visitors and offer resources. Cost: Regular entrance and Omnitheater fees apply.  Click here for more information  about accommodations, accessibility, and social narratives and guides.
Donate to AuSM by Aug. 15 and receive a free cupcake from Wuollet Bakery
AuSM invites you to celebrate the person you love with autism by donating your age in dollars to support programs and services for the local autism community. Those donating $25 or more to AuSM through Aug. 15, 2018 will receive a coupon for a free cupcake from our cupcake partner, Wuollet Bakery! 

Donate to AuSM and treat yourself!

Click here to donate to AuSM through our secure online donation page,  or send your donation to AuSM,   2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114.

Wuollet Bakery cupcake coupons will be mailed to donors of $25 or more and can be redeemed at any Wuollet Bakery location including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Edina, Robbinsdale, and Wayzata. Limit one cupcake coupon per donation. Thank you for supporting the local autism community!
AuSM Skillshops

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

"Autism doesn't just affect my kid, it affects our whole family," a mother of an 8-year-old child with autism said. 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.


The 2018-2019 AuSM Education Catalog will be available soon!
In partnership with area businesses and organizations, AuSM is pleased to offer monthly opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. 

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Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement. AuSM does not sell or share the contact information of our members, volunteers, donors, or supporters.

Autism Society of Minnesota, 2380 Wycliff St. #102,  St. Paul, MN 55114