The Fint Hills International Children's Festival is an annual event for families and school children that will include performances, activities, and more. Visit AuSM in the outside tent area May 31-June 3 and make an AuSM Inclusivity Square. Put your creativity to the test as you construct an interactive square that will teach you tips and tricks for being a good friend. Celebrate what makes all of us unique and make everyone feel accepted, respected, and included. Click here for more information about the festival.
AuSM invites you to participate in an AuSM Skillshop, "Transition: Using Personal Learning Plans for Students with ASD", on June 2 from 7-9 p.m. at Fraser in Eden Prairie. Presented by Kim Kang, this mini-workshop will include details on how Personal Learning Plans, also known as Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), can be an effective tool for career development and exploration. Learn what a Personal Learning Plan is, how it can be used to complement an IEP or 504 plan for a student with ASD, and how to work with schools to construct an effective plan. Click here for more information and to register.
On May 7, 20 students from the University of Wisconsin Stout campus in Menominee, Wis., along with Dr. Jennifer Reinke from the UWS Human Development and Family Studies Department and Ellie Wilson from AuSM, left for Africa to support children and young adults on the spectrum in three major sites in Durban and Cape Town. In updates, Ellie shares notes and photos about her journey.
AuSM is pleased to be a part of the first annual Give Twin Cities Challenge, a fundraising competition organized by Minnesota Monthly magazine from now through June 30, 2016. Throughout the fundraising period, participating nonprofit organizations will be competing to raise the most dollars via Crowdrise. AuSM encourages the Minnesota autism community to rally, donate, and ask others to give in support of local families and individuals affected by autism. Donations made through AuSM's Give Twin Cities Crowdrise page (including individual donors and teams) will be totaled at the end of the challenge, and nonprofits raising the most dollars during the challenge period will be awarded prizes: 1st Place: $25,000; 2nd Place: $15,000; 3rd Place: $10,000. Click here to donate today.
Summer is approaching quickly, and AuSM has some exciting summer adventures in store for youth, teens, and adults in the Minnesota autism community. Summer social skills classes include Minnesota Zoo camps, Como Zoo Skills, AuSM Artists with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Islands of Brilliance, CAST with Stages Theatre Company, AuSM On the Town, Outdoor Adventure Skills with Eastman and Lowry Nature Centers, and AuSM Social Connections in the West Metro. Click here to learn more and to register for the class that suits your interests.
AuSM also has three social skills classes for youth with autism in the Duluth area. Duluth classes include Zookeeper Camp at the Lake Superior Zoo, Aquarium Camp at the Great Lakes Aquarium, and Islands of Brilliance at HTK Marketing. Click here for more information and to register.
Interested in AuSM Summer Camps? A few openings remain in Discovery residential camp, Session 1 (June 11-17, boys ages 10-21) and in both sessions of Wahode day camp (Session 1: July 11-15, boys and girls ages 6-12; Session 2: July 25-29, boys and girls ages 6-12). Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM is pleased to present Professor Tony Attwood for a full-day fall workshop event on Oct. 19: "An Aspie's Guide to Life's Challenges: Unlocking Tools for Resilience in a Complex World". Join AuSM for this rare opportunity to learn from world-renowned speaker and autism expert, Tony Attwood, who will share his insights and strategies for navigating emotions, adolescence, relationships, and employment. The fall workshop will take place at the Schulze Grand Atrium at the University of St. Thomas School of Law Minneapolis Campus. Register today to be a part of this unique event for parents, caregivers, educators, psychologists, therapists, direct support professionals, and individuals with autism. Click here for more information and to register.