Special thanks to the American Wrestling Federation, the Western Minnesota Autism Supporters and all of those who supported the wrestling event fundraiser on May 23 at the Montevideo Senior High School Gymnasium. The family-friendly event was action-packed and fun for all! A few kids even had the opportunity to step into the ring to see things first-hand. Todd Schwartzberg, AuSM's Board of Directors President, was honored to be a part of such a great event in support of AuSM's programs and services.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the proposed education bill yesterday, stating the lack of funding for special education as one of the reasons for the veto. AuSM thanks our governor for standing firm and for being an advocate for those in need of special education services in our state. Click here to read Dayton's veto message.
ReelAbilities is a film festival dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. The festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. ReelAbilities will present two films about autism topics at the Union Depot on June 12: Autistic Like Me - A Father's Perspective at 4 p.m. and Autistic License at 7 p.m. Click here for more information.
See the Sensory Friendly performance of Peter Pan the Musical at the Children's Theatre Company on Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m. for $10 (balcony) and $15 per child/$20 per adult for the main floor. You won’t want to miss the most spectacular, high-flying production of the spring, featuring Twin Cities rising star Tyler Michaels as Peter Pan, Alanna Saunders (Tiger Lily in NBC’s Peter Pan LIVE!) as Wendy, and CTC Acting Company member Reed Sigmund as Captain Hook. Click here to order tickets today.
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz and AuSM invite families affected by autism to participate in a FREE Monkey Mind Pirates workshop in Rochester July 27-31. Participants will learn basic mindfulness and yoga techniques, singing, and puppetry. This exciting workshop will culminate in a sensory friendly performance at the Rochester Community and Technical College on Aug. 1. Click here for more information and to register today.
The end of the school year is approaching, and now is the perfect time to get registered for some summer fun. AuSM has a wide variety of summer social skills classes available for youth and young adults with autism including Como Zoo Skills; Outdoor Adventure Skills with Eastman Nature Center; AuSM Camps with the Minnesota Zoo; AuSM Artists with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; AuSM On the Town (co-ed session is full; females-only session has openings); AuSM Social Connections in the West Metro; and Islands of Brilliance, a design technology-focused class. Summer sessions are filling quickly; click on your class of interest and register today!
In 2003, AuSM’s Board of Directors created a support grant program with a portion of the proceeds from the Steps of Hope fundraising walk. It was the directors’ intent to broaden AuSM’s ability to meet the needs of individuals or organizations supporting people with autism. The goal of these grants is to stimulate creativity, encourage successful programming and expand opportunities for children and adults with ASD across multiple settings for many years to come.
2015 Steps of Hope Support Grant applications for projects supporting individuals with ASD are due July 1. Click here for more information and to download the 2015 application form.