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AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit 2018 registration open

SelfAdvocacy2018LogoWEBThe first annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit presented by Anime Twin Cities will take place Sept. 22, 2018 at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus and will include a keynote presentation and nine breakout sessions featuring topics including mental health, executive functioning, sensory needs, employment, relationships, and more. This event is for adults with autism by adults with autism. In addition to gathering wisdom from life experiences by adults on the spectrum, collect resources from the AuSM Bookstore, network with peers, and visit with vendors who support adults on the spectrum. Click here for more information and to register.


Cool down at the Sensory-Friendly Hour at Waterworks

WaterworksLogoRamsey County is partnering with AuSM for sensory-friendly time at Battle Creek Waterworks. The first will be on Monday, June 18 at 11 a.m., and the second offering will be on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. The sensory-friendly hour will include earplugs and a quiet place with fidget spinners and other toys. To help plan for attending, a social narrative and more information is available at this link: ramseycounty.us/waterworks.


1st annual AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

Puzzle2018LogoWEBAre you ready to take on the nation’s biggest puzzle competition challenge? Put your jigsaw puzzling passion to the test during the first annual AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition held at the Mall of America Rotunda on Saturday, July 21. Gather your friends and family into teams of four that will compete for the fastest puzzle completion time. Puzzle team divisions include Adult and Family, registration is $50 per team. All proceeds support Autism Society of Minnesota programs and services for our local autism community.

Adult Division (four players 18+): 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Family Division (at least one player must be under 18): 1-3 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded in both divisions to the three teams completing their puzzle in the quickest time. Teams will keep their competition puzzle created by PuzzleTwist®. Click here for more information and to register your adult or family team. Space is filling quickly!


Autism 5-Point Scale app surpasses 100,000 downloads

5ptscaleThe free Autism 5-Point Scale Emergency app developed by the Autism Society of Minnesota and the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities in 2011 has achieved more than 100,000 downloads worldwide from locations including the U.S., Canada, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Based on concepts from The Incredible 5-Point Scale by authors Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis (Autism Asperger Pub. Co., 2003), the app helps individuals with autism and other disabilities act, react, and interact quickly in emergency situations. With a touch of a screen, information is provided and can help facilitate interactions for a “safe” outcome for both the individual and first responder. 

The app was updated to "Autism Help!" in 2015 and was made accessilble on additional mobile devices. Click here to download the Autism 5-Point Scale Emergency app from the iTunes store. The Autism Help! app also is available for Android devices. Click on the following links to access the app for your Android devices: Google Play for Phone and TabletAmazon App Store for Kindle Fire and Fire Phone.


Join SPPD for Safe Summer Nights on June 26

JakewithOfficerWEBPlease join the Saint Paul Police Department for a special edition of Safe Summer Nights, “St. Paul 4 Kids”, at Bridge View School in St. Paul on June 26 from 5-7 p.m. This location offers an adaptive school playground for individuals with special needs. The free event will include a picnic style BBQ/cookout, games, face painting,bouncy house, K9, mounted patrol, and more for youth with adaptive and special needs and their families and caregivers. If you have questions about this event, please contact the Saint Paul Police Community Engagement Unit at 651.266.5485 or visit www.safesummernights.org.


Sensory friendly happenings make experiences accessible to all

ComoZooGiraffeWEBAs the school year winds down and the temperature warms up, the urge to be out and about often increases. Many of AuSM's community partners are offering sensory-friendly experiences that can help families and individuals with autism feel comfortable and welcome. Here are a few upcoming highlights from AuSM's Uniting the Community events calendar. Be sure to visit this page of AuSM's website often as events are added weekly.

Is your business or organization interested in offering a sensory friendly activity to your schedule? AuSM's education team can consult with you to help make this happen. Click here for more information about AuSM consulting and training.


Aug. 6 AuSM Golf Classic 2018 registration open

Golf2018imageWEBJoin the Autism Society of Minnesota and avid Minnesota golfers for the 23rd Annual AuSM Golf Classic, a fundraising event for the local autism community. Held Aug. 6 at its new location, the new Royal Golf Club course in Lake Elmo, Minn., this amazing golf classic is sure to be the best Monday of your summer!

Rolling hills, mature trees and abundant wildlife provide the scenic backdrop to the challenging, yet approachable 18-hole course. The front nine, or the Queen’s Nine, was designed by Annika Sorenstam, and the back nine, known as the King’s Nine, was designed by Arnold Palmer. Together, these golf legends envisioned a multi-generational golfing experience; a place where beginners would feel comfortable in learning, and where experienced players could test their skills.

Sponsorships are available. Click here for more information and to register your foursome today.