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Steps for Autism brings community together for fun March 3

StepsforAutism2019logoWEBSteps 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.

FlashDash2019Steps 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. Those registering for the AuSM Flash Dash by Feb. 22 will be entered into a drawing for MN Wild hockey tickets!

Register as an individual participant or sign up your fundraising team today! 


24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference registration is open

18 04 05 MN Autism Conference logo 2019 v1Registration is open for the 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference, to be held April 24-27, 2019 at its new venue, the Minneapolis Marriott Soutwest. During this event, the Minnesota autism community will join voices as a passionate network to connect and inspire innovation. Here, expert speakers, educators, professionals, caregivers, and individuals with autism will have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those on the autism spectrum. The conference, sponsored by Accra, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, and MN LEND will feature exhibitors, the AuSM Bookstore, more than 35 breakout sessions, and four keynote speakers, including Sue Swenson, MBA sponsored by LEND; Theresa M. Regan, PhD, CBIS, CAS; Patrick Schwarz, PhD sponsored by St. David's Center for Child & Family Development; and Jennifer O'Toole sponsored by Minnesota Independence College & Community. Register today to be a part of this amazing learning opportunity. Click here for more information and to register.


Super Fest 2019 rallies excited athletes and amazing volunteers

GirlandPlayersPoseSF2019Thank you to all of the determined participants and welcoming volunteers who made Super Fest 2019 an amazing success yesterday! Hosted by AuSM friends at Paul's Pals, Super Fest 2019 featured inclusive cheerleading and football clinics for youth of all abilities, a visit from NFL football legends, NFL cheerleaders, Victor the MN Vikings mascot, and a game-day experience where participants to showed off the skills they learn during the clinics. Special thanks to Super Fest 2019 supporting organizations: Paul’s Pals, The Matthew Foundation, and the Minnesota Vikings along with The Autism Society of Minnesota, the Down Syndrome Foundation, Flagship Recreation, Fraser - Minnesota, Hope Fieldhouse, Mount Olivet Rolling Acres, and Washburn Center for Children.


Summer registration opens Monday, Jan. 28 at 8 a.m.

19SummerCvrThough you may not have received your printed copy of the summer activities catalog just yet, registration will open on Monday, Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. Packed with information on summer social skills programs, residential and daily camps, exciting event opportunities, and more, the 2019 AuSM Summer Activities Catalog is available online now. Click on these links to learn more about AuSM Summer Camp programs and AuSM Summer Social Skills classes, and get ready to register on Jan. 28! Printed copies of the 2019 AuSM Summer Activities Catalog and AuSM's Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota will be arriving in mailboxes soon!


AuSM's newest guide about inclusivity and sensory-friendly

2019SFGuideCoverIntroducing AuSM’s Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota, a reference tool and planning guide for families and individuals with autism and other sensory sensitivities. Learn why sensory-friendly events and activities are important, find recommendations for creating sensory-friendly events and activities, read personal stories, and check out the calendar guide of sensory-friendly community events and activities to unite our community. The guide will drop in mailboxes within the next couple of weeks, but it is available online now.

Click here to access the electronic version of the guide.

AuSM also encourages you to visit the newly designed Uniting the Community Events page on our site. The page includes a chronological listing of events and activities offered by AuSM and our community partners. AuSM is pleased to offer opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. Click on the above link to view this great new resource.


AuSM's spring social skills classes bring warmth during the cold

ComoRainforestsAuSM has a full line up of social skills classes for youth, teens, and adults with autism in the coming months. These activities are sure to keep you warm, even though the outside temps still might be chilly. Classes include a NEW Tropical Rainforests class at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory for teens in February; Three Rivers Parks District Gale Woods Farm classes for ages 8+ in April; ComedySports Improv Skills for ages 14-26 in April; and the NEW Toneworks Rockin' Springtime for ages 10-16 in May. AuSM also is offering a monthly Book Club for ages 14+ at the Wescott Library and a monthly Birthday Celebration and Game Night for ages 18+. Contact AuSM's education department at 651.647.1083 ext. 22 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details, or click on the above links to get registered for some springtime fun today!


Purchase a wish list item to support 2019 AuSM Summer campers

CampersStaff2018WEBAuSM's camp directors have created an AuSM Summer Camp Wish List on Amazon 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!