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May
08

Arizona and California-based businesses offer scholarships

scholarshipFive Arizona and California-based law firms and one dentist have teamed up to offer six $1,000 scholarships to post-secondary students with autism. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a direct tuition payment to the educational institution chosen by the winning applicant. This could be a university, college, junior college, trade school, or vocational school. You need not be enrolled in school at the time you submit your application, but the funds must be used within one year after the date of the award. You can apply for all six scholarships. The six scholarships are being donated by Black Wynn Personal Injury Lawyers, the Feldman Law Firm, the Kelly Law Team, the Law Office of David P. Shapiro, RJT Criminal Defense, and Dentistry by John Barras. Click on the following links to learn more and apply. Application submissions are due by Feb. 15, 2018.

Black Wynn Personal Injury Lawyers $1,000 Scholarship Application
Feldman Law Firm $1,000 Scholarship Application
Kelly Law Team $1,000 Scholarship Application
Law Office of David P. Shapiro $1,000 Scholarship Application
RJT Criminal Defense $1,000 Scholarship Application
Dentistry by John Barras $1,000 Scholarship Application

May
01

Registration is open for the 22nd Annual AuSM Golf Classic

ausm golf classic logo w 2017Participate in the 22nd Annual AuSM Golf Classic at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wis. on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Take a break from the humdrum of a regular Monday and have fun hitting the links in support of AuSM's mission of enhancing the lives of individuals touched by autism in Minnesota. Golfing foursomes will enjoy 18 holes of golf on the pristine Troy Burne course; a complimentary cart (one per two golfers); entry into contests and games; lunch; and an awards dinner. Click here for more information and to register today.

May
17

AuSM's Give Twin Cities Challenge through June 30

GiveTwinCities16webAuSM 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.

May
13

Anime Twin Cities supports AuSM with Premier Partnership

AnimeTClogoAuSM is pleased to announce that Anime Twin Cities is AuSM's newest Premier Partner! Anime Twin Cities conducts educational, charitable, and social activities related to the promotion and study of Japanese culture, specifically animated movies and television programs ("anime") and graphic novels ("manga") as well as the study of the Japanese language as it is used in anime and manga. Anime Twin Cities has supported the Minnesota autism community with Trolleys and Treats and Steps of Hope in 2016, and we look forward to their continued partnership in the 2016-2017 season. Click here to learn more about AuSM Premier Partnership and see a list of current AuSM Premier Partners.

May
06

8th Annual Joey's Ride: kickstands up tomorrow

joeyridewebTake advantage of this beautiful weather and hit the open road for Joey's Ride tomorrow. Registration at Fury Motorcycle begins at 9 a.m., and the ride begins at 11 a.m. The cost is $20 per rider or passenger. The after party will take place at Tav on the Ave from 4-8 p.m. and will feature a taco bar, raffles, 50/50, music, drink specials and more. Join us for this family friendly event supporting the Minnesota autism community! 100% of proceeds will be donated to AuSM. Click here for more information.

May
25

Wrestling event raises money for AuSM programs

wrestling15groupwebSpecial 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.

May
22

Trolleys and Treats free family event on July 12

MNStreetcarLogoA FREE event sponsored by Anime Twin Cities featuring Minnesota Streetcar Museum trolley rides and Sebastian Joe's ice cream.

Experience the thrill of riding a trolley, enjoy some ice cream, and spend some time with Minnesota autism community friends during this exciting, family-friendly July event. AuSM will offer two free half-hour Como-Harriet Streetcar Line ride times on July 12: one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 11:30 a.m. This event is open to families with autism as well as adults with autism. Space is limited; register early! Click here for more information.

May
11

Last chance to order Twins tickets for Autism Awareness Day at Target Field

twinslogoTo celebrate Autism Awareness Day at Target Field, MLB, the Minnesota Twins, and AuSM have teamed up to offer discounted tickets to the May 17 Twins game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Join us to cheer on the Twins with your family and friends! Grandstand or Home Run Porch View seats are $16. $3 per ticket will be donated to AuSM. Ticket holders also will be invited to participate in an on-field parade before the game. Wednesday, May 13 is the final day to order tickets for this exciting event. Click here for information on ordering your tickets today!

May
11

2015 Autism Awareness Day with AuSM at Valleyfair

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As part of its partnership with AuSM, Valleyfair will host Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, May 31. Discount tickets for the day are $25.99 - a savings of more than 40% off regular gate admission! A portion of tickets purchased through this link will be donated to AuSM. 

May
11

Joey's Ride 2015, great weather, great success

RonnieHugwebThank you to all organizers and volunteers for planning a fantastic Joey's Ride Saturday! The weather was perfect, and the camaraderie the best for the great motorcycle ride. All proceeds will benefit AuSM's program and services for the Minnesota autism community.

May
06

What are you going to do for fun this summer?

ComoZoowebThe 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 SkillsOutdoor Adventure Skills with Eastman Nature CenterAuSM Camps with the Minnesota ZooAuSM Artists with the Minneapolis Institute of ArtsAuSM 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!

May
05

Give Local America Day

GLAwebToday is Give Local America Day. Though nonprofit organizations can benefit from these national and statewide days of giving, today we encourage you to donate not because it's Give Local America Day, but rather because AuSM has somehow made a difference in your life and in the life of your loved one with autism. Dollars donated to AuSM stay in our community and build programs and services essential for our individuals and families affected by autism. If you don't have a dollar to give, consider doing something nice for someone today. Donations of time and help are equally important - AuSM is incredibly grateful for our volunteers!! Click here to donate to AuSM.

May
04

Thank you, Minnesota autism community!

Thank you to the volunteers, sponsors and participants who helped make the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference and AuSM's inaugural gala, Celebrate AuSM Inspirations, a huge success! Thank you to K102's Muss for being a fantastic emcee, and congratulations to those honored during the program for inspiring our community:Mary Powell,Phil SieversColleen WieckAnne Dudley and Ronnie Sprigler.

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May
29

Building Community Friendships and Belonging

The University of Minnesota and The Arc Greater Twin Cities are beginning a research project focused on how adults with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities and/or autism and live in their parental home can increase their sense of community belonging and membership. Informational meetings will be held in June. For details, click here.

May
23

AuSM closed Memorial Day

MemorialDayThis Memorial weekend, we honor the heroes who sacrifice so we may know freedom. The AuSM office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

May
22

Temple Grandin speaks to hundreds in Minneapolis

TemplecrowdwebThank you to the volunteers and participants who attended Temple Grandin's AuSM Workshop this evening at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Hundreds came to listen to Dr. Grandin's inspirational message. Special thanks Cargill, the workshop's sponsor. It was an evening to remember!

May
18

Sensory friendly opportunities abound

PressArticleMay18AuSM and partnering organizations, including Kids' Hair, MSP Airport, Valleyfair, Minnesota History Center, Children's Theatre Company and Maplewood Mall, are featured on the front page of this morning's Pioneer Press. Learn about the many sensory friendly options available to families and individuals touched by autism. Click here to read the full article.

May
21

Become a counselor for Hand In Hand this summer

ausm camp logo WEBAuSM is looking for awesome camp counselors for Camp Hand In Hand. Make a difference in the lives of some great kids this summer! Counselors receive training, meals and lodging for the camp session as well as a stipend. The camp is beautiful with modern cabins. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here for more info. 

May
12

Free theatre workshop for youth with autism

FidgetyLogowebAuSM and the creators of Fidgety Fairy Tales – The Mental Health Musical are teaming up to offer a FREE five-week musical theatre workshop in June and July. Play warm-up games to hone singing and Actor’s Tools (body, voice, and facial expressions) as well as develop a sense of ensemble. The age-specific workshop will include scenes and songs from a fairy tale that has been re-imagined to raise awareness about autism. Click here for more information and to register. Space is limited.

May
06

Enjoy coffee and a treat

coffeeperks2014Stop by Sunrise Banks Park Perks coffee bar during May (2300 Como Ave., St. Paul) for a coffee/cookie for $1 or latte/cookie for $2. All proceeds will go to AuSM!

May
05

Joey's Ride a revved up success for autism

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A fantastic group of autism community supporters joined forces yesterday for the 6th Annual Joey's Ride for Autism. 100% of proceeds will be donated to AuSM. Thank you for your time, generosity and a great ride!

May
18

Autism diagnosis criteria changes go into effect today

The American Psychiatric Association is releasing the fifth edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) today, which provides standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders by mental health professionals across the United States. One significant change in DSM-5 is new classification criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and the elimination of the diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome, which will be reclassified as part of ASD.

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May
17

AuSM Action Alert - Act now to ensure safe schools

"The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act" (bullying prevention bill) needs to be scheduled for a floor vote by the MN Senate and time is running out. The 2013 session ends this Monday, May 20. Without a floor vote in the Senate, the bill will not pass this year.

Please contact Senator Thomas Bakk, the Senate majority leader, at 651.296.8881 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Urge Senator Bakk to schedule the vote for The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act. Schools, students and families of Minnesota are depending on the Legislature to pass a law that leads the way in creating safe school environments for all.

If you have trouble getting your e-mail to go through to the address above, you can contact Senator Bakk through this website link: http://www.senate.mn/senatorbakkemail.

May
06

Thanks, Joey's Ride!

JoeyAuSMAuSM extends a special thanks to Ronnie Sprigler and all of those who organized and participated in the 5th Annual Joey's Ride for individuals with autism! Saturday was a beautiful day to get revved up, take a ride and enjoy great food and entertainment. Thank you for being so AuSM! 

 

May
06

AuSM on the Iron Range

ironrange2013Diane Mikolich and the Arc Range invited AuSM to present AuSM ASD 101, Challenging Behavior Solutions and Inside Asperger's Discovery Series on the Iron Range last week. Jonah Weinberg, Dawn Steigauf and Nora Slawik in Chisolm at the Discovery Center.