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Jan
16

Winter Carnival features Vulcan Snow Park event supporting AuSM

VulcanSnowPark19WEBSt. Paul Winter Carnival organizers will host a Sensory-Friendly event at Vulcan Snow Park (located at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds) from 4-9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. Zoom down the giant snow slide, play on giant snow piles, and participate in or watch events. On Jan. 28, the park will feature lower lights and no overhead sound. Organizers also will have a dedicated sledding lane for families and individuals affected by autism.

Cost ranges from $2 per slide to $15 for unlimited slide rides. 10% of proceeds on Jan. 28 will support AuSM's programs and services for our local autism community. Click here for more information about Vulcan Snow Park.

Jan
14

MN Wild tickets fundraising incentive prize for Steps for Autism

wildlogowebTeams or individuals that raise $250 or more by Feb. 1 will be entered into a drawing for six tickets to the March 3, 6:30 p.m. Minnesota Wild game. The prize also includes four tickets to ride the Ice Cruiser during the game's first intermission. 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 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. Register today and raise $250 by Feb. 1 for a chance to win MN Wild tickets!

Jan
14

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.

Jan
14

It's almost time to register for some AuSM summer fun

19SummerCvrPacked 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 and will be dropping into mailboxes within the next two weeks. Registration for AuSM's summer camp and social skills programming opens at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. Click on these links to learn more about AuSM Summer Camp programs and AuSM Summer Social Skills classes.

Jan
14

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!

Jan
11

Super Fest 2019 registration is open; will fill quickly

SuperFest2018WEBRegistration for Super Fest 2019 is open!

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Due to the huge success of The Matthew Foundation’s Super Fest 2018 event held before last year’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis, local organizations are planning Super Fest 2019 for Feb. 2, 2019 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Life Time Sport/Winter Park facility in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Hosted by Paul’s Pals, Super Fest 2019 will feature inclusive cheerleading and football clinics for youth of all abilities, ages 6-22. The event will include a visit from NFL football legends, NFL cheerleaders, Victor the MN Vikings mascot, and a game-day experience for participants to show off the skills they learn during the clinics.

Volunteers also are needed for this event. Click here for more information and to apply.

SuperFest2019LogoSuper Fest 2019 supporting organizations include Paul’s Pals, The Matthew Foundation, and the Minnesota Vikings along with the Autism Society of Minnesota, the Down Syndrome Foundation, Flagship Recreation, Fraser, Hope Fieldhouse, Mount Olivet Rolling Acres, and Washburn Center for Children.

Dec
29

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!

Dec
28

AuSM achieves BBB Wise Giving Alliance accreditation

BBBSealWEBBy meeting key standards of board oversight, finances, results reporting and fundraising appeals, the Autism Society of Minnesota achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) is the nation’s only comprehensive charity evaluator, assisting donors in making sound giving decisions. Donors know they can trust a charity if it is accredited by the BBB WGA. Their broad standards go beyond what the law requires and dives deeper than other charity monitoring organizations. Each BBB WGA charity report process involves a rigorous review using 20 holistic BBB Charity Standards, interaction with charity officials about corrective actions needed to address deficiencies, and quality control measures to assure report accuracy. 

“The public can be assured that every charity evaluation is completed with careful, objective analysis of charity information,” Art Taylor, president and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance said. “By achieving accreditation, the Autism Society of Minnesota has earned public trust having demonstrated its commitment to sound governance, transparency and achieving its mission.” Click here for more information.

Dec
14

2019 Minnesota autism conference keynote speakers announced

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On April 24-27, 2019, the Minnesota autism community will come together as a passionate network to connect and inspire innovation during the 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference organized by the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM). 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.

We are pleased to announce our 2019 Minnesota autism conference keynote speaker line-up that includes Sue Swenson; Theresa M. Regan, PhD, CBIS, CAS; Patrick Schwarz, PhD; and Jennifer O'Toole.

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Nov
14

Steps for Autism in Minnesota 2019 online registration is open

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.

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

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