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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.
  • 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference

    The Autism Society of Minnesota invites you to participate in the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 26-29, 2017. During this event, we will join our voices as a passionate community to inspire learning, hope, and innovation. Here experts, parents, caregivers, educators, paraprofessionals, mental health professionals, service providers, and individuals on the spectrum will have a platform to connect, collaborate, advocate, and educate.

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  • Oh, the AuSM Places We'll Go! 2017 Gala

    AuSM's third annual gala celebration will take place from 6-10 p.m. on April 28, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place and will feature an exciting evening of fantastic food, drinks, games of chance and mystery, and a silent auction. We also will celebrate individuals in our community who serve as true inspirations to people affected by autism.

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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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2017 AuSM Educator Challenge winners announced

winnerimageWe are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 AuSM Educator Challenge:

Courtney Hess, Forest Lake Project Search–Fairview Lakes, Forest Lake Public Schools
Heather Jacobs, White Bear Lake Area High School, White Bear Lake School District
Mary Jensen, Leaf River Academy, Freshwater Education District
Angie Young, Stevens Elementary, Dawson-Boyd
Linda Wagner, Willow River Elementary, School District of Hudson, Wis.

Educators in Minnesota and surrounding states were invited to share strategies on how they encourage and motivate their students in the classroom. Winning teachers’ tips included incorporating “brain breaks”; relating to students by learning about students’ special interests; flexible seating options; incorporating a “refocusing zone”; and using optical illusions to show how our brain can sometimes trick us.

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Production company recruits neurodiverse job seekers

EmployableMe2017Optomen Productions, the TV production company behind Employable Me on BBC2, is looking for neurodiverse job seekers to be involved in a new production of Employable Me in the U.S. Employable Me is the series where extraordinary job seekers aim to prove that neurological differences should be viewed as an asset rather than an obstacle in the workplace. With the help of experts who serve as mentors, these neurodiverse candidates unlock their hidden talents and find the job that best suits their unique skill sets and strengths. Optomen Productions is actively seeking individuals on the autism spectrum who have struggled to find employment, and wish to be involved in the U.S. program. If you’re interested in being part of the show or learning more about the project, please contact Sarah Glaser at Optomen Productions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Contact Glaser by Friday, April 7.

Temple Grandin keynote SOLD OUT; registration open for other conference sessions

KeynoteSpeakersImageTemple Grandin’s keynote presentation on April 27 is SOLD OUT as of March 29. We are no longer accepting registrations for Dr. Grandin’s keynote presentation. Full conference and Thursday registrations purchased after March 29 will NOT include Dr. Grandin’s presentation, and registration fees have been reduced to reflect this fact. Thank you for your excitement for this year’s conference. We look forward to seeing you at the other information-packed conference sessions April 26-29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place. Click here for more information and to register for the conference.

Hotel rooms added to 2017 autism conference block

DoubletreeDue to an influx in registrations for the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 26-29, 2017, AuSM's block of hotel rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place was nearly sold out. AuSM wants to accommodate as many educators, parents, caregivers, direct support professionals, individuals with autism, and other professionals for this important Minnesota autism community event, so the hotel has increased the room block for each night of the conference. Please book your room soon if you're coming in from out of town and want to stay at the conference hotel. The additional rooms will be held in AuSM's conference block until April 4. Click here for more information and to register for the conference. 

Exhibit space selling fast for annual autism conference

AuSMBookstorewebExhibit space for the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is 50% sold out. Would you like to share your business message with our engaged conference participants including educators, parents, caregivers, direct support professionals, and individuals with autism? Reserve your booth space today to ensure your spot. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities also are available. Click here for more information.

Steps of Hope 2017 is an amazing community experience

CampLadieswebIt was a beautiful morning to bring the Minnesota autism community together for Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017 at Southdale Center. Hundreds of supportive families and friends filled the mall walkways as they participated in the first ever AuSM Flash Dash presented by Accra Care, gathered information from more than 70 resource tables, enjoyed healthy snacks, took pictures with a happy T-rex and Mudonna, and had tons of fun. Thank you to our emcees Mike "Muss" Mussman from K102 and AuSM champion Shannan Paul, Larry Moody as our friendly T-rex, The Royal Sisterhood princesses, Anime Twin Cities superheroes, all of our sponsors, volunteers, the AuSM board, AuSM staff, and fantastic participants. You made Steps of Hope 2017 AMAZING!

Steps of Hope 2017 is March 5: plan to join us at Southdale Center

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 this Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. Online registration is closed, but walk-in registrants are welcome! You also can continue to donate to teams by clicking on the below link. We look forward to celebrating our awesome autism community with you on Sunday!

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