Here, your voice matters.
Part of AuSM's mission is ensuring that our laws and public policies support individuals and families living with autism. This is why AuSM is committed to helping your voice be heard at the Minnesota legislature as well as creating public policy by maintaining a presence on key committees, task forces, and organizations. Please act on alerts, letting decision-makers know that the Minnesota autism community is active, engaged and ready to speak out.
We invite you to apply to join the AuSM Advocacy Committee (AAC). The purpose of the AAC is to create a unified voice and to offer support and resources to advocates looking to effect positive change for the autism community. AAC is a committee of the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) Board of Directors. The role of the AAC is to examine legislative activity, make recommendations to the AuSM Board, and represent AuSM’s official policy positions in public forums. Click here to view the AAC Code of Conduct.
AuSM Advocacy Committee 2019 Legislative Priorities
Streamline MA TEFRA Enrollment and Renewal: streamline the enrollment and renewal process for MA TEFRA to ease the burden on families.
Parental Fee Reduction: increase acess to essential medical services and community-based supports for children with disabilities by reducing MA TEFRA parental fees
Autism Training for First Responders: offer training for first responders that supports positive, productive, safe encounters for people with disabilities and law enforcement
Autism Council: establish a statewide Autism Council to better address the unique and diverse needs of people with autism
Click here for a pdf of meeting and training dates for 2019.
AAC 2019 Meeting Schedule
Meetings Held at AuSM, AAC meetings will include a review of current legislation and creation of action plans for advocacy. Committee members are expected to attend a minimum of one meeting per year.
Jan. 7, 2019 6-8 p.m.; Mar. 4, 2019 6-8 p.m.; April 1, 2019 1-3 p.m.; June 3, 2019 1-3 p.m.; July 1, 2019 6-8 p.m.; Sept. 2, 2019 6-8 p.m.; Oct. 7, 2019 1-3 p.m.; Dec. 2, 2019 1-3 p.m.
AAC 2019 Trainings
Held at AuSM, AAC trainings will teach committee members specific skills to advocate effectively. Committee members are expected to attend a minimum of two trainings per year.
How a Bill Becomes a Law: Feb. 4, 2019 1-3 p.m.
Effective Communication: May 6, 2019 6-8 p.m.
Telling Your Story: Aug. 5, 2019 1-3 p.m.
Shaping Your Ask to Meet Their Priorities: Nov. 4, 2019 6-8 p.m.