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First annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit a success

SummitPicWEBMore 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!


MNUFC Autism Awareness match Oct. 21

 MNUFClogoWEBJoin us for Autism Awareness Night at Minnesota United FC's final home match of the season as they take on LA Galaxy at 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 at TCF Bank Stadium. Tickets are $15 each. Select the Autism Society of Minnesota as your organization of choice at check out, and AuSM will receive $5 from each ticket you purchase. Click here to reserve your tickets. Tickets will sell out, so secure yours today. When you purchase, you'll receive your own unique referral link to share with your friends and family. Anyone who purchases tickets off your unique link automatically will be seated with you. All fans will receive their tickets via e-mail, 48 hours before the match. If you have questions, contact Mika Nervick: 763.231.1987 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 28.


Make your voice heard by joining the AuSM Advocacy Committee

DisabilityDay2018WEBPart of AuSM’s mission is ensuring that our laws and public policies support individuals and families living with autism. AuSM is committed to having a voice at the Minnesota legislature as well as creating public policy by maintaining a presence on key committees, task forces, and organizations. AuSM is mobilizing the autism community to help recommend policy priorities for the 2019 legislative session. Your perspective counts! If you would like to be a voice on AuSM’s Advocacy Committee, join us for one of two information sessions held at AuSM this month. The first will be on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 5-7 p.m. and the second on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 1-3 p.m. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 651.647.1083.


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.

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.


All Aboard! AuSM Pumpkin Trolley 2018

pumpkinfriendsWEBAuSM 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.


2018-2019 AuSM Education Catalog available soon

18 19EduCatalogCvrWEBA valuable tool for the Minnesota autism community to use throughout the fall, winter, and spring seasons, the 2018-2019 AuSM Education Catalog will be available in print soon. The catalog contains information on AuSM’s program offerings including special interest-focused social skills classes that engage youth and adults to interact socially while raising self-awareness and self-esteem; AuSM Skillshops that focus on positive strategies and problem-solving; specialized training tailored for organizations and businesses, including the Life with Autism series and the Autism Direct Support Certification program; and Uniting the Community events and activities. If you'd like to receive a copy of the printed catalog, please call 651.647.1083 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to view and/or print a pdf of the catalog.


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.