AuSM is pleased to partner with the Minnesota Zoo to offer three classes for adults with autism this summer and fall. These classes, made possible in part by the Dakota and Ramsey County Autism Grant, will be offered in July, August, and September and are designed for adults with autism who want a deeper understanding of building enrichments for animals, how zoo veterinarians keep the animals fit, and of how climate change effects Minnesota plants and animals. Classes are designed for individuals who do not need direct service professional supports or supervision. Each class is $5 per participant and is limited to 20 participants. Click here for more information and to register today.
AuSM was pleased to offer the "Escape Space" during the 2017 Pride Festival last weekend. The quiet, cool tent offered a place for individuals with sensory needs to unwind, self-regulate, and visit with AuSM staff and volunteers during the festival. AuSM supports all in the pride community, with and without autism, as acceptance and inclusion makes our communities better places for all.
For some adults on the spectrum, a challenge can be finding like-minded people who want to socialize.
For Surene Henderson and Laura Dettloff, that challenge is made even more difficult by the fact that, as women on the spectrum, they often feel out of place in groups dominated by men.
“Autism presents really differently in women than in men,” Henderson explains. “The way autism is talked about in the media is so guy-centric and kid-centric that adult women get lost. It’s so different to be diagnosed as an adult woman.”
Youth and young adults ages 11-20 with autism, intellectual, or other disabilities are invited to participate in a free day of fun on July 27 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). "A Musical Day with Mia" will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will include a tour of Mia, including the Migrations and Now Where Were We? exhibits. Participants also will play music games with Toneworks Music Therapy and make their own art creation with a Mia instructor. This class is funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Space is limited. Click here for more information and to register.
Sponsorships for the 2017 AuSM Golf Classic are selling quickly. If you are interested in showing your support for the Minnesota autism community and sharing your business message with AuSM's website visitors and more than 130 golfers on Aug. 7, reserve your sponsorship today. Sponsorships range from $200 to $5000+. AuSM's 2017 golf event will take place at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wis., and all proceeds will benefit programs and services for our local autism community. Click here for more information.
Still looking for something exciting to do this summer? AuSM Summer Social Skills classes will rescue you from summer boredom by providing some amazing adventures with fun community partners including the MN Zoo, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, Stages Theatre Company, Eastman and Lowry Nature Centers, ComedySportz Twin Cities, and more. Click on the below links for more information and to register today!
Twin Cities AuSM Summer Social Skills
Como Zoo Skills: Super Species (ages 13-18)
Outdoor Adventure Skills with Eastman Nature Center (ages 13-18)
In Harmony with Autism at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music (ages 8-12)
AuSM Filmmakers (ages 14-18)
Minnesota Zoo Summer Camps (ages 8-19)
ComedySportz Improv Skills Summer (ages 14-26)
AuSM Artists at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (ages 11-18)
Toneworks Camp Art (ages 8-21)
CAST Summer Showtime with Stages Theatre Company (ages 10-17)
Duluth AuSM Summer Social Skills
AuSM Artists at the Duluth Art Institute (ages 12-21)
Participate in the 22nd Annual AuSM Golf Classic at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wis. on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Take a break from the humdrum of a regular Monday and have fun hitting the links in support of AuSM's mission of enhancing the lives of individuals touched by autism in Minnesota. Golfing foursomes will enjoy 18 holes of golf on the pristine Troy Burne course; a complimentary cart (one per two golfers); entry into contests and games; lunch; and an awards dinner. Click here for more information and to register today.