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    Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota 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.
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    Give to the Max Day, Minnesota's state-wide day of giving is Nov. 17, 2016. Every dollar collected will be used support AuSM's programs and services for our AuSM community. We are pleased to announce that the Mud Rhythm Race Series has generously offered a $3,000 match donation for Give to the Max Day. Double your donation on Nov. 17!

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Working with Autism: Helpful Hacks and a Golden Ticket

emp interviewMitch Potter, a retired professional who was diagnosed with autism in his 40s, will present "Working with Autism: Four Helpful Hacks and One Golden Ticket", an AuSM Skillshop offered at Minnesota Life College from 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 15. In this session, Potter will discuss his approach to managing four problematic behaviors so they did not negatively affect his employment. He also details a formula for using positive behaviors to provide unique value to employers. Click here for more information and to register.


Be AuSM to the Max on Nov. 17

BeAuSMtoMax2016Give to the Max Day, Minnesota's state-wide day of giving is coming up on Nov. 17, 2016. AuSM's goal is to raise $6,800 this year in honor of the 1 in 68 who is diagnosed with autism. Every dollar collected will be used support AuSM's programs and services for our AuSM community. 

mudrhythmAuSM is pleased to announce that the Mud Rhythm Race Series has generously offered a $3,000 match donation for Give to the Max Day. Donate on Nov. 17, and your donation will be doubled by AuSM friends at the Mud Rhythm Race Series (up to $3,000)!

BrueggersBagels ClrLogo CMYK ASKTBreaking news! Bruegger's Bagels is joining AuSM as a partner for Give to the Max Day! On Nov. 17, AuSM will be at the Gaviidae Common Bruegger's location (651 Nicollet Mall #139, Minneapolis, MN 55402) from 8:30-11 a.m. with some awesome giveaways and asking for donations in support of the Minnesota autism community. The first 25 people to donate $50 dollars to AuSM at that location on Nov. 17 will be given a FREE 2016 Bottomless Mug to be used for free refills of coffee, pop, and more until the end of the year. Can't make it to the Bruegger's at Gaviidae on Nov. 17? Your donation still counts! Bruegger's also will give a FREE Bagel Bundle Gift Certificate to everyone who donates $25 or more to AuSM between 9 and 11 a.m. on Nov. 17. With Mud Rhythm's match doubling your dollars, this is a sweet deal you won't want to miss! Click here for more information and plan to give in support of the Minnesota autism community on Nov. 17.


Nov. 9 AuSM Skillshop provides insight on guardianship

teenpinkblueshirtAt age 18, a child is legally considered an adult. Some 18-year-olds, however, aren’t yet ready for all of the responsibilities of adulthood. Many with ASD will continue to need assistance with their IEPs, transition services, making medical decisions, and applying for government benefits. To have legal authority to assist their adult children in these important areas, many parents and caregivers choose to establish legal guardianship.

Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the Academy of Whole Learning as Jason Schellack, Esq., owner of Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC shares information about the legal process for obtaining guardianship and how you can qualify for free legal assistance. Also understand the powers and responsibilities guardians have under Minnesota law, and how successor guardians are chosen and appointed.

Click here for more information and to register.


AuSM's St. Cloud workshop focuses on safety online and offline


To fulfill our goal of offering increased autism resources throughout Minnesota, Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC, will present Social Safety: Strategies for Navigating Online and Offline at the Calvary Community Church in St. Cloud on Nov. 19. In this workshop, participants will learn about the most important issues of social and emotional safety for pre-teens and teens. Common challenges will be discussed and strategies offered regarding navigating the hidden curriculum, bullying, and online safety. The St. Cloud workshop is made possible in part by a grant from Voigt's Bus Companies and the Cub Cares Community Foundation. Click here to register today.

NOTE: The Duluth social safety workshop planned for Nov. 5 has been postponed. Watch our website for future educational opportunities in northern Minnesota.


Tips to make the voting process go smoothly on Nov. 8

votecounts2016This month's Ask The Therapist e-mail features a question from an individual with autism who is anxious about the voting process. AuSM therapist Beth Pitchford, MA, offers tips and tools for assisting in a successful voting experience.

Dear Beth,
This will be my first time voting in a presidential election. Online, other people with autism were complaining about the primaries and how hard it was for them and I'm worried I'll meltdown at the poll and not get to vote. What should I do to prepare? - Eager for the Election

Dear Eager for the Election,
Thank you for such an important question! As a therapist I also heard feedback about the caucuses and other elections being very difficult or impossible for people on the spectrum. There's a good chance that this election will have a very large turn out so it's a good idea to be prepared.

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AuSM offers Beyond Sex Ed class for adolescents with autism

couplesgroupwebIn AuSM’s Beyond Sex Ed course, students with autism ages 13-18 will learn how to manage privacy, boundaries, and infatuations to help them live healthy, create positive relationships, and be safe. Topics will include puberty, private versus public, unwanted affection, intimacy and dating, body boundaries, and consent. Instructors will tackle nuanced and complex issues by building upon more simple, concrete concepts. Classes will run for six Mondays beginning Nov. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul.

Prior to registering their son or daughter for Beyond Sex Ed, parents/caregivers should contact AuSM's education department at 651.647.1083 to learn more about the class and to determine if it is the right fit for their child. If the class is a good fit, AuSM's education department will provide a registration link.


Kindling Workshop for Entrepreneurs Nov. 12

KindlingWkshp2016On Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., join AuSM, Autism Works, and Celebrate Edu for a fun, interactive workshop that introduces the idea of entrepreneurship and teaches the basics of starting a business. During this workshop for individuals with autism ages 18+, meet a local entrepreneur, discover your entrepreneurial traits, and understand the key elements of a business venture. Also work in small groups to design a popcorn business, determining customers, competitors, and competitive advantage. The workshop, held at AuSM in St. Paul, is $15 per participant and includes lunch. Click here for more information and to register today.


Grandin, Silberman, Magro, Ulmer, and YOU

16-03-28-MN-Autism-Conf-v4Don't miss your chance to add your name to the list of presenters, including Temple Grandin, Steve Silberman, Kerry Magro, and Chris Ulmer, who will be speaking at the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. The conference's Call for Papers is open now through Nov. 14, 2016. Educators, parents, caregivers, siblings, therapists, direct support staff, and other professionals, submit your proposal today to present during the largest annual educational event for the Minnesota autism community on April 26-29, 2017.  Click here to download, complete, and submit the Call for Papers 2017 proposal form.

If you have questions about a presentation topic you'd like to propose, please contact AuSM's event staff at 651.647.1083 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Navigating Mental Health, School, and Social Safety

kidorangebackpackAuSM and the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) are partnering to offer a free workshop and resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. "Navigating Mental Health, School, and Social Safety" will be presented on Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Wilder Center in St. Paul. EFMN's presenters, Michael Zaccariello, PhD, LP and Katherine Nickels, MD, will speak about "Maximizing the Learning Potential". Participants will learn about specific learning disorders and how epilepsy and medications affect learning. AuSM presenter, Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC, will present "Social Safety: Strategies for Navigating Online and Offline", which will include a discussion about navigating the hidden curriculum, bullying, and online safety. The free half-day workshop includes lunch. Registration is required and space is limited. Click here for more information. Click here to register.