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History and Mission


What is AuSM?

Minnesota's First Autism Resource®

In 1971, a group of passionate parents founded AuSM to seek greater understanding and better school supports for their children with autism. More than four decades later, AuSM continues its mission to improve the lives of people with autism, but with an expanded focus along the entire lifespan, from birth through retirement.

Whether you are the parent of a child with a new diagnosis, an adult with autism who needs guidance, an educator or healthcare professional who supports people with autism, or a company that wants to learn more about the talents of people with autism, AuSM offers the resources you need to help you accomplish your goals.

AuSM is a place where everyone can learn, access services, and develop skills for navigating what can be challenging emotions and complex information. Services include membership, workshops, the Minnesota autism conference, AuSM Skillshops, the Life with Autism Series for newly diagnosed and specific life stages, specially tailored summer camps for youth and adults with autism, interest-based social skills classes with community partners, Counseling and Consulting Services, support groups, Autism Direct Support Certification training, sensory-friendly events, advocacy, Information and Resources, and customized autism training.

As the autism diagnosis rate increases, so, too, does the need for programs and services to help people with autism thrive. As the state’s oldest nonprofit autism organization, AuSM relies on the generosity of our community to carry out our important mission. 100% of donated dollars stay local, benefitting Minnesota families and individuals touched by autism.

AuSM members throughout the state of Minnesota and the upper Midwest include families, educators, caregivers, and professionals who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Click here for membership information.


The Autism Society of Minnesota exists to enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. AuSM seeks to realize its mission through education, support, collaboration, and advocacy.

Goals with a Purpose

  • To inform and educate families, professionals, and the community about autism spectrum disorders and promising interventions that meet individual needs.
  • To advocate for appropriate services and rights for people with ASD and their families.
  • To support families and individuals through services and relationships.

AuSM’s Use of Person-First Language

The Autism Society of Minnesota respects the right of individuals to be referred to with language that makes them comfortable. To provide consistent communication with our community, AuSM uses person-first language in our printed materials, social media posts, on our website, in e-mails, and in other forms in which we present public information. Though AuSM has chosen to use person-first language for consistency in communications, we also respect the rights of those who prefer identity-first language. If you are visiting AuSM and prefer that AuSM staff members use identity-first language or another form of address, please let an AuSM staff member know.

What is AuSM? Video


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AuSM Posting Policy

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