More than 150 adults with autism registered for the AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit, and all contributed to the amazing event held yesterday at the University of St. Thomas. The Summit featured a keynote presentation, nine educational breakout sessions, 13 speakers, and a networking happy hour at The News Room. Sessions covered how to access benefits and support, managing negativity and finding pride in the face of stigma, anxiety and autism, achieving success in college and at work, finding and keeping friends as adults, and advocacy in action. In addition to gathering wisdom from speakers on the spectrum, participants collected resources from the AuSM Bookstore, networked with peers, and visited with vendors who support adults on the spectrum. Thank you to presenting sponsor, Anime Twin Cities, and our additional sponsors: Minnesota Independence College and Community, FIND Network - Autism Research Connections, Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC, and xStellar Corp. AuSM appreciates our speakers, volunteers, organizing committee, and participants, and we look forward to planning the 2nd Annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit for 2019!
Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 28.
AuSM is pleased to announce its newest project, AuSM’s Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota. This reference tool and planning guide for families and individuals with autism and other sensory sensitivities will contain information about why sensory-friendly events and activities are important for our community, how to make an event or activity sensory-friendly, personal stories, and a calendar guide of sensory-friendly offerings throughout Minnesota. AuSM’s Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota will be distributed in January 2019.
Join the Autism Society of Minnesota, Arc Midstate, Opportunity Matters, and WACOSA for an informative autism information share during the Autism Supports, Strategies, and Resources Workshop to be held at the Sartell Community Center from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2018. Parents, caregivers, educators, support professionals, and individuals with autism will learn from session topics including autism 101, executive function, mental illness, positive supports, behavior strategies, and life planning. During the lunch session, get tips and strategies from a panel of caregivers and adults with autism. Click here for more information and to register.
Two concurrent autism training sessions for first responders, including police officers, firemen, EMTs, paramedics, security workers, ER and trauma workers, crisis team members, social workers, correctional officers, school safety officers, and bus drivers, will be offered during the Autism Supports, Strategies, and Resources Workshop. Participants in those training sessions will be invited to join workshop participants for lunch where they can meet with the community and learn more about working with individuals with autism. Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM invites individuals and families affected by autism to experience the thrill of riding a trolley, spend some time with Minnesota autism community friends, pick a perfect pumpkin, and participate in fun activities during the AuSM Pumpkin Trolley 2018 event from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on Oct. 13. The event, sponsored by Anime Twin Cities and FIND Network, will take place at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum's Linden Hill Station in Minneapolis and is $10 for AuSM member families and $15 for non-members. Click here for more information and to register.
Thanks to the Hennepin County Autism Grant, AuSM will be offering its Understanding Autism and Best Strategic Practices class free of charge at AuSM's office in St. Paul throughout the next several months. Learn common characteristics of individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders. Obtain valuable insight on evidenced-based best practices to support people with autism and sensory processing sensitivities. Caregivers, parents, grandparents, group home and day program staff, Personal Care Attendants, and health care staff will benefit from this single-session class. Select the session that best fits your schedule. Though the classes are free, registration is required. For more information and to register, click here.
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. SESSION IS FULL
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. SESSION IS FULL
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.