As the snow falls outside, the AuSM education and camp teams are busily putting together information for the 2019 AuSM Summer Activities catalog. Packed with information on summer social skills programs, residential and daily camps, exciting event opportunities, and more, the catalog will be available online and dropping into mailboxes around mid-January. Registration for AuSM's summer camp and social skills programming opens at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. Keep an eye on AuSM's website for more information.
While many happily anticipate the holiday season, families and individuals affected by autism also understand the special challenges that may occur when schedules are disrupted and routines broken. The Autism Society of America offers some tips that will help families and individuals lower holiday season stress and make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Click here to read more.
The holidays and the season of giving are upon us. Please consider supporting the local autism community by thinking of AuSM in your acts of generosity. Giving to AuSM can include end-of-year donations of money to support AuSM's programs and services, volunteering your time for 2019 AuSM events, fundraising for AuSM, and a new option of shopping for items on the AuSM Summer Camp Wish List on Amazon. AuSM's camp directors have created a list of items to help improve the camp experience and better serve campers during the 2019 AuSM Summer Camp season. Wish list items range from $6 and up and can be shipped directly to AuSM. If you would like a tax form for your purchased wish list item, please provide your e-mail address in the gift memo field when you are purchasing. Also, when shopping on Amazon (for wish list items or otherwise!), please be sure to select AuSM as your Amazon Smile charity, and Amazon will give a percentage of your purchase to support our local autism community. Your generosity means so much to us and this amazing community we serve. Thank you!
Steps of Hope is taking on a new name and rallying some new excitement in 2019. Steps for Autism in Minnesota, AuSM's 19th annual family fun walk and the state’s largest autism resource fair, will take place at Southdale Center on March 3, 2019. Each participant is an autism hero, rallying for the 1 in 42 individuals living with autism in Minnesota.
Steps for Autism in Minnesota will begin with the third annual AuSM Flash Dash presented by Accra, an all ages and abilities quick walk from 9-9:15 a.m. that will be done in a flash. Families and individuals who register for the AuSM Flash Dash will receive medals at the finish line and bragging rights for completion. Steps for Autism dollars directly support local families and individuals living with autism, from birth through retirement. Donations stay in the community by funding AuSM's innovative programs and services.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul will hold four single-session classes for adults with autism, ages 18+, over the next few months. Sessions will include "Africa" on Jan. 5; "Tropical Rain Forests" on Jan. 26; and "Adaptations" on Feb. 16. Adults with autism are invited to explore Como and learn from their education specialists. Sessions have limited space; participants are encouraged to register early. The cost is $25 per session for AuSM members and $30 per session for non-members. Register for a single session or multiple sessions. Click here for more information and to register.