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Sun shines brightly on AuSM Pumpkin Trolley event

KidsFamilyPumpkinThanks to sponsors Anime Twin Cities and FIND Network - Autism Research Connections for supporting the AuSM Pumpkin Trolley at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum yesterday. The weather was a little chilly, but the sun shone brightly as families and individuals with autism enjoyed a trolley ride and picked perfect pumpkins. Thank you to everyone who came out and made this harvest time experience lots of fun! Thanks, too, to County Market of Andover and GoGo squeeZ for providing the beverages and treats!


Law & Order workshop offered in Litchfield Nov. 17

scales of justiceWEBOn Nov. 17, WCI, in partnership with AuSM, will offer "Law & Order" a workshop for caregivers, family members, educators, professionals, and individuals with autism. The workshop, held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield, will feature AuSM's autism education specialists presenting on topics including: the characteristics of autism, strategies to prevent involvement, how to cope when involved with law enforcement, and creating a family safety plan. Certificates of attendance will be available for participants. Click here for more information and to register.


Saint Paul Police invite you to learn about the CARE program

CARElogoWEBThe Saint Paul Police Department invites individuals with autism and their caregivers to attend an introductory class about the Cops Autism Response Education (C.A.R.E.) program from 6-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. The class, held at the Saint Paul Police Department Western District Office in St. Paul, will include information about the following: understanding of police response to those on the autism spectrum; follow up and contact with those on the autism spectrum; question and answer session with police officers. The cost to participate is free, but registration is required. Click here to register for this event. For further information, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dawn Brasch at the Autism Society of Minnesota, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


SPARK hosts fall autism festival at AuSM Oct. 27

FallAutismFestival2018AuSM and the University of Minnesota's FIND Network are pleased to offer the 2018 Fall Autism Festival and Costume Party from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This event will feature AuSM's Caregivers of Kids with Autism free support group from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and a SPARK Research sign-up event from 9-10:30 a.m. and 12-1:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided during this October support group designed for parents and caregivers of school-age kids with autism age 4-21. Supervised games and activities will be available for children while parents and caregivers complete the SPARK study information. The event also will include prizes and treats. The event is free, but registration by Oct. 15 is encouraged. To register for the support group and the party, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call AuSM at 651.647.1083. To register for a SPARK appointment during the event, click here.


New resource to navigate sensory-friendly offerings

MNOutlineClipAuSM 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.

Sensory-friendly event and activity guide listings are FREE. Click here to submit your events and activities by Nov. 30, 3018. Advertising also is available, and advertisers will be highlighted with bolded guide listings and logo placement. Click here for more information about advertising or contact Kelly Thomalla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to sharing this resource with our community!


Autism workshop and emergency preparedness trainings in Sartell

therapyfamilyJoin 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.

First Responder Training from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Now part of the workshop sessions.
The morning session of the Autism Supports, Strategies, and Resources workshop from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. will feature information important to 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. Learn about autism, executive function, mental illness, positive supports, behavior strategies. Plan to join us for lunch and a panel discussion presented by individuals on the spectrum and parents. The lunch will be a great time to meet community members and to share valuable insight on working together in support of positive interactions. First responders also are welcome to join us for the afternoon portion of the workshop. This workshop has been made possible in part by a generous grant from Voigt's. Click here for more information and to register.


Free understanding autism classes available in 2018-2019

fathersonWEBThanks 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.