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  • AuSM Mission

    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.
  • Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017

    Join the Minnesota autism community for the state’s most powerful fundraising walk for autism featuring a colossal autism resource fair and the new AuSM Flash Dash! March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. at Southdale Center. Register today!

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  • 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.

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  • Social Skills Classes

    AuSM social skills classes foster confidence and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends and have fun.

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  • Training Tailored for Organizations and Businesses

    AuSM provides a variety of continuing education options for parents, caregivers, educators, direct support staff, business professionals, organizations, individuals with autism, and the community. Experienced educators present on topics that align with your interests and serve to enhance your life.

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  • Uniting the Community Events

    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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Jan
15

Technology pilot program to increase safety and independence

VITALSbeaconWEBAuSM is partnering with Aware Services, LLC and the St. Paul Police Department to offer a free pilot project that uses mobile technology to help individuals with autism and other “invisible disabilities” live more independently and securely in the community.

Many conditions like autism, traumatic brain injury, mental health challenges, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, epilepsy, and others are referred to as “invisible” disabilities, because there are no physical indicators that others can see that might inform them of the disability. The invisibility of these disabilities can put the individuals at risk, because they often exhibit behaviors and traits that emergency responders can misinterpret as being intoxicated, uncooperative, or evasive.

A new technology-based project called the “Vulnerable Individuals Technology Assisted Location Service” – or VITALS – helps make the invisible visible. VITALS uses a transmitter, or beacon, and a mobile app that allow individuals with an “invisible” disability to voluntarily disclose their diagnosis to emergency responders within a 30-50 foot radius.

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Jan
11

Communication Breakdown: How To Resolve Conflicts offered Jan. 24

NewYearFreshStartImageDuring a conflict, tempers may flare, words can have hidden meanings, and body language often is confusing. In "Communication Breakdown: How To Resolve Conflicts", the Jan. 24 AuSM Skillshop presented by AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services therapist Beth Pitchford, MA, participants will learn the difference between a disagreement and a conflict and obtain helpful techniques for listening, reading body language, and using assertive communication to resolve conflicts. This AuSM Skillshop will be held at AuSM's office in St. Paul from 7-9 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Jan
06

Join the Minnesota autism community for Steps of Hope 2017

SOH logo2017Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota, AuSM's 17th annual fundraising fun walk and the state's largest autism resource fair will take place at Southdale Center on March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. Registration to participate in Steps of Hope 2017 (including the autism resource fair) is free.

FlashDashAccra2017The first ever AuSM Flash Dash presented by Accra will kick off Steps of Hope from 9-9:15 a.m. on the first floor of Southdale Center. Feel like a superhero as you power walk, skip, roll, or mosey your way from start to finish on the short, indoor course. All ages, abilities, and mobilities can join in on the fun and earn a medal and bragging rights. AuSM Flash Dash registration is $5 per person. All dollars support AuSM's programs and services for the local autism community. Register for the AuSM Flash Dash by Jan. 31, and your name will be entered into a drawing for a free one night stay (March 4) in a two room suite at the Residence Inn Minneapolis Edina. Prize includes a superhero breakfast on March 5!

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Jan
01

Life with Autism Series helps through life's stages

childhoodAuSM’s Life with Autism Series offers information and strategies to parents, family members, relatives, caregivers of individuals with autism, educators, and the community through engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Participants also learn about available services and resources. Each class is a single session; click on the class titles for additional information and to register. Upcoming classes include:

Intro to Autism: Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Develop an understanding of the basics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), resource options, and positive behavior supports. Learn how families, schools, and the medical community can work together to educate and support those with ASD. Get practical tips on helping individuals with ASD meet their potential.

Newly Diagnosed (ages 18 mos.-10 yrs.): Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Obtain information on topics including the definition of autism, parent feelings, neurological findings, therapies, communication strategies, teaching daily living skills, challenging behavior, sensory needs, visual supports, and using social stories.

Adolescence and Transition (ages 11-21): Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Obtain information on topics including parent emotions, the impact of autism on adolescents, independence in daily living skills, public social skills, reciprocal relationships, sexuality, privacy and safety, transitions into adult living and workplace issues, self-determination skills, behavior management, and emotions.

Adults (ages 18+): Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Obtain information on topics such as impact of autism on adults, independence in daily living skills, social skills across settings including the workplace, reciprocal relationships, sexuality, privacy and safety, transitions into adult living, workplace issues, self-determination skills, behavior management, and emotions.

Dec
27

Fun community event highlights in February

ScienceMuseumDinosStart your new year off with some fun with AuSM and our community partners. The following are some Uniting the Community event highlights sure to bring some joy to the start of 2017. Plan to attend one or more of these awesome community activities. Click on the links to learn more and for information on registering/tickets. Click here for a complete list of community events.

An AuSM Night at the Science Museum: Feb. 2 from 5-9 p.m.; visit the museum for an evening of exploration.
Click, Clack, and Klunk Minnesota Percussion Trio: Feb. 18 at 11 a.m.; Come listen to the wide world of percussion and learn to play an array of energetic rhythms.
Hip Hop 4 Autism: Feb. 19; Join us for this awesome fundraiser in support of the Minnesota autism community. All proceeds support AuSM's programs and services.

Dec
19

AuSM, MLC, and UST offer sexuality workshop for caregivers, educators

TeenGroupHangOutwebAuSM, Minnesota Life College, and the University of St. Thomas invite you to register for "Sexuality: Breaking the Taboo and Learning How To Talk About It", a collaborative workshop to be presented from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at O'Shaughnessy Educational Center on the University of St. Thomas's St. Paul Campus. This innovative workshop presented by Melissa Keyes Di-Gioia, a Certified Sexuality Educator, will give parents and caregivers valuable strategies for conversing about sexuality, relationships, and values. It also will help educators learn how to talk with families about sharing information on sexuality, as well as how to seek permission for discussing this topic in the classroom. CEUs and certificates of attendance will be available for participants. Register on or before Feb. 3 to receive the best rate. Click here for more information and to register.

Dec
17

K102's Muss to rally the crowds during Steps of Hope 2017

MussSOH2017AuSM is pleased to announce that K102's Mike "Muss" Mussman will be our emcee at Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017, to be held March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. at Southdale Center in Edina. A self-proclaimed fan of AuSM and the Minnesota autism community, Muss is sure to rally the excitement and contribute to the fun on March 5 at Southdale Center! Registration for Steps of Hope 2017 and the AuSM Flash Dash is open. Click here for more information and to register today.