Give to the Max Day
Nov. 1-17, 2022
The mission of the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is to enhance the lives of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. AuSM serves Minnesotans throughout their lives with a fundamental commitment to advocacy, education, support, collaboration, and community building.
Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in Minnesota – it affects essential human behaviors such as social interaction, the ability to communicate ideas and feelings, imagination, self-regulation, and the ability to establish relationships with others. With a prevalence rate of one in 36 Minnesotans as autistics, the autism community is all of us – it’s your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends, and their families.
The autism community needs an organization that listens to them and prioritizes the needs on the ground – and a partner who’ll be an advocate without judgment, and with creativity through active listening. In the last year, we’ve worked with our community to create the most inclusive Autistic Community Summit yet – a blueprint for additional adult programming being strategically developed for 2023. We’ve vastly expanded our online resources while safely moving programs back to in-person to serve more people than ever through education and counseling. We’ve increased our advocacy for inclusivity and accessibility while further consulting with organizations and companies to foster a greater understanding of the strengths and challenges of people with autism.
Your support helps us create connections that empower everyone in the autism community with the resources needed to live fully. AuSM’s drive for continuing this work is strong – we constantly look for ways to serve you even better. Donations stay in the Minnesota autism community, and every dollar counts.
Help us continue to serve our community by supporting us during Give to the Max Day 2022.
Thanks to generous match contributions from the AuSM Board and other AuSM supporters, donations made to AuSM Nov. 1-17 will be matched up to $20,000. Search Autism Society of Minnesota on GiveMN.org and donate in support of the local autism community! It’s the best time of the year to make a donation.
“Telehealth sessions with my AuSM therapist have made it possible for me to continue meeting with my therapist when I’ve needed to.”
“I attend more support group meetings than I did when I had to drive to them. And I had never before attended an autistics to autistsics event (Autistic Community Summit), much less presented during one. I’ve also met many autistic folks I didn’t really know before we were quarantined. I hope to keep in touch with some of them once we can meet in person again. I’m an older autistic person, with an imperfect life and career. I draw on my experiences to encourage younger autistic people to hang in there while dealing with this pandemic and other hard times. I’m trying to help them keep believing that things will improve.”
“My support needs during the pandemic have remained the same, only now I’m able to participate. Having things virtual is much easier for many reasons! I’m very happy to be able to participate and meet friends this way. I can socialize safely from home. I can participate more than I ever did before the pandemic started.”
–Mary Barinka, Autism Friendly Austin
“Our organization partnered with AuSM’s Eric Ringgenberg to present a virtual back to school educational event for parents of students with ASD in the community of Austin, Minn. and the surrounding areas. AuSM has helped our organization continue to bring resources to parents, caregivers, and those with ASD at a time when they are most vulnerable and need it most.”