AuSM has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant for improving special education transition services. As part of this grant, AuSM will collaborate with multiple key organizations to create community dialogs for parents, educators, school officials and local business professionals to discuss ways to improve services for individuals with disabilities who are reaching transition age. Community dialogs will take place in 2014. Click here for more information.
If you are curious about the hot topic of online dating and the spectrum, plan to participate in the upcoming Minnesota Life College John Lighty Series Lecture on Dec. 12 at the Southdale YMCA from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Presented by AuSM's Meghan Williams, MA, LMFT, the lecture will include information on topics including: ASD and the Challenges of Meeting People; Advantages & Disadvantages of Online Dating; Rules & Tips for Online Dating; Creating Eye-Catching Profiles; Tips for Safe Online Dating; and Online Sites and Resources. Click here for more information and to register for this free event.
The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz and the Autism Society of Minnesota present two FREE workshops for families living with autism. Monkey Mind Pirates is the world’s only puppet, rock yoga adventure, combining arts and mindfulness to give families creative tools to find calm. The two free sessions of the six-workshop series are designed for youth living with autism and siblings ages 7+ and accompanying adults. Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM members of all ages are invited to participate in the first ever Steps of Hope T-Shirt Design Contest! The winning design will be printed on the 2014 Steps of Hope T-shirts. Click here for the official rules and entry form. The deadline for entries is Dec. 15, 2013.
AuSM is now accepting proposals for presentations at the 19th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. Click here to download the official Call for Papers document (MS Word). Proposals are due by Jan. 15, 2014.
Schwan’s and AuSM are raising funds for programs and services that support individuals with autism in Minnesota. During this special holiday campaign from Nov. 15-Dec. 30, 2013, AuSM will earn 20% from Schwans product sales and 40% from e-certificate sales (available online only through Dec. 30). Click here for more information and to place an order for items to make your holiday gatherings tasty and complete.
The Minnesota Wild is partnering with AuSM to help raise money for programs and services for the Minnesota autism community. Ticket prices for three Wild games are marked down exclusively for this fundraiser, and a portion of each purchased ticket will go directly to AuSM. Last year the AuSM games sold out, so order your tickets as soon as possible! Click here for more information and to order your tickets today.
The St. Paul and Minnetonka Whole Foods locations are hosting Dime at a Time fundraisers for AuSM from Oct. 1, 2013-Jan. 19, 2014. Customers who bring in reusable bags for their groceries are given a credit of 10 cents for each reusable bag. Customers can opt to donate that 10 cents per bag to AuSM. All dimes raised will support AuSM's programs and services for those affected by autism in Minnesota. Click here for more information.