Registration 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.
This 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.
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Summer 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!
On 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.
Join 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.
AuSM 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.