Enjoy the spring weather, sunshine and time with your friends and family today. Take the time to hug those people who make a difference in your life!
And, don't forget to get your hop on this week at the Oakdale and Plymouth Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park locations as we Jump for Joy in celebration of Steps of Hope 2014 and the Minnesota autism community on Tuesday, April 22. AuSM and Sky Zone invite those who walked with us at Steps of Hope on March 2 to join us for night of jumping from 4-7 p.m. Participants who wear their Steps of Hope 2014 teal shirts or yellow volunteer shirts will be admitted to jump for free. Click here for more information.
An event for parents, caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, organizations, agencies and individuals with autism, the 19th annual conference will be held April 30-May 3 at the Doubletree Hilton Minneapolis Park Place.
Highlights include: Garrison Keillor keynote presentation; 6 Critical Elements for Teaching Individuals with ASD education track; Therapy and Clients with Autism track; Autism and the Legal System keynote presentation; Meeting Common Core Standards and Building Literacy Skills in Students with ASD keynote presentation; a variety of paper presentations; autism resource tables; and an Autism Transition, Employment and Life Skills track.
Click here for more information and to register today. Online registration is open through April 24. Click here if you're interested in applying for a Steps of Hope Support Grant for a conference registration. Conference grant applications are due April 18.
Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins and AuSM have teamed up to offer discounted tickets to the May 18, 1:10 p.m. Twins vs. Seattle Mariners at Target Field. For more information, click here.
AuSM invites you to see who is partnering with us in April to raise awareness about autism. Click here for more information. Acknowledge Autism Awareness Month by making a donation in support of the programs and services AuSM provides to the Minnesota autism community. All dollars donated to AuSM enhance the lives of families and individuals touched by autism in Minnesota. Click here to donate.
AuSM is pleased to announce that 2014 Steps of Hope Support Grants will have a dual purpose. In addition to funding programs that encourage team building and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, AuSM also will offer the gift of knowledge through the 19th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. Click here to learn more and to access grant applications.
A limited number of openings are available for an AuSM ASD Certification Training course at Goodwill Headquarters in St. Paul beginning in May. Designed for professionals who work with individuals with autism, AuSM ASD Certification Training is an intensive five-session course that gives participants an in-depth understanding of how to support individuals with autism. Click here for more information.
AuSM Camps and Social Skills Summer Programs provide opportunities for friendship and confidence building. Activities are tailored to give youth with autism a fun, safe and exciting experience while increasing self-esteem, expanding knowledge and building friendships. Space is limited in all programs, and some camps are full with wait lists. Register today - your AuSM adventure awaits!
Autism community icon, Temple Gradin, Ph.D. will present an AuSM Workshop on Thursday, May 22: How People with Autism Think and Feel. The event, sponsored by Cargill, will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Dr. Grandin will sign books in the on-site AuSM Bookstore from 6-7 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. Her presentation will be from 7-9 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.
Join AuSM for community conversations focused on improving employment and post-secondary education opportunities for students with disabilities. Share your thoughts about current resources and challenges during one of several community conversation events.
Let's Talk About Transition
Questions, Answers and Solutions
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Bloomington School District Office, Bloomington
Click here to register and for more information about additional Let's Talk About Transition community conversation dates and locations.