AuSM is pleased to partner with Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc., an organization that provides financial aid to help families affected by autism gain access to resources. As part of the partnership, Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc. will offer scholarships to families and individuals who apply for financial support for AuSM’s education programming, including social skills classes and AuSM summer camps.
“Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc. is a natural partner for AuSM and will provide great opportunities for our autism community,” Dawn Brasch, AuSM's Senior Director of Finance and Operations, said. “The foundation is a strong advocate for organizations that help families and individuals with autism, and we appreciate their dedication to providing funding that makes resources available to those who may not otherwise have access."
Inspired by their son with autism and motivated to ensure that all families and individuals have resources needed for growth, Laura and Kent Olson established Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc. in 2015. Click here to learn more about this organization. Click here to learn more about the new scholarship opportunities.
Are you interested in running? Participate in Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc.'s upcoming Oct. 7 5K, the TCA 5K Fun Run at Oak Grove Park in Brooklyn Park. Dollars raised by the run will support the scholarship fund for families and individuals affected by autism.
Vitals, a new technology service with two apps, is designed to create safer interactions between law enforcement and people with behavioral, mental health, and developmental disorders. A first of its kind, the Vitals first responder app is a non-intrusive, real-time service developed as a way to enhance policing, give families of vulnerable individuals more peace of mind, and improve the quality of life for people living with “invisible” disabilities.
The St. Paul Police Department is the first to partner with Vitals and is in the process of training its officers on how and when to use the app. Other metro and Greater Minnesota police departments are planning to implement Vitals in the coming weeks as usage of the new app is expected to spread quickly across the region and country over the next several months.
The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), a founding partner in the development of Vitals, believes Vitals will help law enforcement interact with the autistic community in a way that is safer for individuals and families.
AuSM is hosting a new, free, monthly support group for parents and caregivers of school-aged kids with autism (ages 4-21). This group may be a good fit for you if you are dealing with a new ASD diagnosis or family crisis and want to hear from others who have blazed the trail before you; are navigating recurring or unchartered challenges and would like a safe space to vent and let go of your stress; are looking to develop and build meaningful relationships with other people who "get it”; or, all of the above! Regardless of your reason for wanting to connect with other parents and caregivers, we invite you to attend AuSM’s Caregivers of Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group. The group will be facilitated by AuSM's Counseling and Consulting Services therapist, Jennifer Reinke, PhD, LAMFT, CFLE. Participation is free, but registration is required. Childcare will not be provided. Click here for more information.
Category 4 Hurricane Harvey blew through Texas last week and dumped more than 50 inches of rain over the span of just a few days. Families are facing severe damage to their homes, and many are displaced in the wake of the catastrophic event. The Autism Society of Minnesota would like to help by sending Visa Gift Cards, small sensory items, and cards or drawings of encouragement to the Autism Society of Texas for distribution to their members. Imagine having to explain the destruction, figuring out replacement of favorite sensory items, finding a place to stay, working through the massive reconstruction process. Minnesotans have generous hearts, and we encourage you to help AuSM provide some love and care from Autism Society of Minnesota families to Autism Society of Texas families. Please bring or mail Visa Gift Cards, small sensory items, and cards of encouragement to AuSM's office, 2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114 by Friday, Sept. 22. We will package all donations and send them to the Autism Society of Texas on Sept. 25. Thank you for your generosity!
Our members tell us that they love what AuSM provides: community, resources, events, and information. Member benefits include: Member-only rates on AuSM Social Skills classes, AuSM Skillshops, workshops, and other programming; discount registration for the annual Minnesota Autism Conference; AuSM Summer Camps exclusively for members only; one complimentary AuSM Skillshop per year – $40 value; access to AuSM Lending Library; AuSM Connections, twice per month e-mail newsletter; advocacy updates and alerts; and more.
Join AuSM now through Oct. 15 and you will receive all of the AuSM Member benefits and a bonus 10% off coupon for the AuSM Bookstore. We can't wait for you to join our AuSM community!