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Dakota County launches Vitals service countywide

vitals logo color blackDakota County is now the first county in Minnesota to roll out Vitals™ Aware Services countywide. An estimated minimum of 70,000 people could benefit from this new service designed to improve interactions between law enforcement and people living with intellectual, behavioral and developmental challenges.

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Department, along with ten city police departments within the county, are working together to launch this new technology to help deputies, officers and other first responders interact more effectively with vulnerable residents, including those with autism, dementia, developmental disabilities, and mental health challenges. Approximately 500 law enforcement officers will be trained to use the service over the next two to three months.

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Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2018 is nearly here

SOH2018LogoAre you ready for the ultimate autism community event of the year? Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2018 will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 8:30-11 a.m. Held at Southdale Center in Edina, Steps of Hope will feature the state's largest annual autism resource fair, fun games, the 2nd annual AuSM Flash Dash, and a huge opportunity to join this awesome community in raising dollars to support programs and services for those affected by autism in Minnesota. Register today to be a part of this amazing day for our community!

LYMAuSMTag2018Fundraisers will receive one FREE limited edition Love Your Melon AuSM customized beanie for fundraising $125 (while supplies last). Show your AuSM pride with this unique cap! Fundraisers are earning these beanies quickly. Submit your fundraising dollars today to ensure you receive a beanie!

Click here for more information about Steps of Hope 2018 and to register.


Optum is hosting a book drive for local schools

BookDriveWEBIn celebration of March being National Reading Month, 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference sponsor Optum is hosting a book drive for local schools through March 9. AuSM will be collecting books for Optum's book drive at our St. Paul office. Participating partner schools include Harvest Preparatory School (Grades K-4); The Mastery School (Grades K-5); Prodeo Academy (Grades 3-5); Loveworks Academy (Grades 4-8; would like “sets” of the same books if possible); and Lionsgate Academy (Grades 7-12). All donated books must be gently used or new and in general good condition and can be dropped off at AuSM's reception desk. 


Attend the March 19 Wild game, support AuSM

wildlogowebThe Minnesota Wild and Associated Bank are teaming up with AuSM to host a Stock the Box to Celebrate All That's AuSM event. During the Minnesota Wild versus Los Angeles Kings game on March 19, Associated Bank and AuSM will be collecting donations in support of our local autism community. The Minnesota Wild have opened up a block of tickets for this game for autism community supporters. For every ticket sold in this block, the Minnesota Wild will donate $5 to AuSM. Click here to purchase tickets and use the "AUSM" promo code. If you are not able to attend the game or would like to make a donation prior to or following the game, please click here to donate in support of the Minnesota autism community.


Join AuSM during spring 2018 membership drive

OnTown2017WEBAuSM membership connects you to a common community that acts without judgment, nurtures potential, advances knowledge, and builds awareness. Join our supportive network to find programs, services, and resources that help guide individuals with autism and those who support them. AuSM welcomes you to our community, a place where we will move forward together.

Become an AuSM Member by April 15 and your name will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to Celebrate the Magic Within on April 27. The gala will bring our community together for food, drinks, games, auctions, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. A $160 value!

Click here for more information and to become an AuSM member.


2018 state autism conference registration is open

2018ConfRegBrochCvrWEBRegistration for the 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is open. 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. The conference will feature four keynote speakers, Frank Campagna "Autism Daddy"; Jed Baker, PhD; Stephen Shore, PhD; and Leah Kuypers MA Ed, OTR/L; as well as 35 breakout sessions focused on a wide variety of topics important to our community.

JuliaStoryArtWebThis year's conference will begin with an exciting family celebration featuring Julia, the newest Sesame Street Muppet, a character who was created to increase awareness and understanding of autism. During Julia's AuSM Autism Celebration, meet walkaround Julia, visit resource tables, participate in sensory activities, and play games during this age and ability inclusive event.

Click here for more information and to register.


Registration for 2018 AuSM summer camps and classes is open

2018SummerCatalogCvrSummer activities abound – swimming, canoeing, arts, exploring nature, geocaching, science, filmmaking, horseback riding, music, yoga, theater, and more. Everyone deserves the chance to take advantage of all summer has to offer. AuSM Social Skills classes and AuSM Summer Camps provide these opportunities – each one tailored to give youth and adults with autism a fun, safe, and exciting experience while they increase self-esteem, expand knowledge, and build friendships that last a lifetime. Click here to view the 2018 AuSM Summer Activities catalog, featuring camps and classes for individuals with autism ages 6 through adult. Registration for most AuSM summer social skills classes and all AuSM summer camps is open. See what summer fun AuSM has in store for you!


AuSM invites you to Disability Day at the Capitol Feb. 27

CapitolBuildingWEBOn Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., join The Arc Minnesota for the 2018 Disability Day at the Capitol where participants will gather to rally in support of people with disabilities in Minnesota. AuSM encourages participation by families, caregivers, direct service providers, and individuals with autism so the needs of those with autism can be heard. This event, held at the Minnesota State Capitol, is co-sponsored by the Autism Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, Advocating Change Together, MOFAS, Minnesota Council on Disability, and Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. There is no cost to participate, but registration is encouraged. Click here to register.  


MLB and MN Twins Autism Awareness Day: June 3, 2018

twinslogoJoin AuSM for a fun day at Target Field as Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins celebrate Autism Awareness Day on June 3. Those purchasing game tickets through AuSM's unique link will have the opportunity to participate in an on-field parade before watching the Twins take on the Cleveland Indians. Ticket purchase through AuSM's link includes the pre-game parade, a seat at the game, and a $3 donation to the Autism Society of Minnesota. Cheer for the Twins while supporting those you love with autism! Tickets are $22 each and must be purchased by May 13, 2018. Click here to order your tickets today.


Celebrate birthdays with treats and games at AuSM

cupcakewebAuSM is pleased to announce the creation of a monthly birthday celebration and game night for adults with autism ages 18+. Birthdays are something we all have in common – let’s celebrate together! Come to AuSM to celebrate your birthday and the birthdays of others with cake and games. Bring a board or card game to play. AuSM will provide treats. Everyone is welcome, whether it’s your birthday or not! The cost is $3 per person, unless it's your birthday month, in which case registration is free. AuSM's next celebration will be on Feb. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul. Click here for more information and to register.