As we work through these unprecedented days altered by the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, AuSM is here for you. You may be feeling anxious over changes in routines, unsure about how to handle social isolation and distancing, and nervous about copious and often conflicting information available through the news and social media. You are not alone.
AuSM is creating and collecting support resources to help guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to washing your hands frequently, staying in if you don’t feel well, and social distancing, there are other strategies you can employ that will support your physical and mental health as well as your connection to others.
Now more than ever we feel the need to support each other and the strength that comes in working together. We see the parents helping their children adjust to a new structure for time, the teachers determining ways to educate outside of the classroom, the adults figuring new schedules and how to connect, the support professionals taking risks to be there for their clients - we see you, and we are inspired by your patience, determination, and compassion. Together we will get through this pandemic, and your strength will continue to fuel AuSM’s imperative mission of enhancing the lives of those with autism.
Click here to access AuSM’s autism support resources web page.
Due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, the Autism Society of Minnesota office in St. Paul will be closed to walk-in visitors. AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services clients will be contacted regarding appointments over the next few days. For safety, most AuSM staff will be working remotely and corresponding via phone and e-mail.
AuSM values the health and well-being of our community. We actively are monitoring the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for guidelines, guidance, and updates regarding COVID-19/coronavirus and will communicate frequently over the coming days.
Join AuSM for a fun day of puzzling and community during the 3rd Annual AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition held July 11 in the TCF Rotunda at Mall of America. Teams of up to four people will compete in the 500-Piece and 1,000-Piece competition divisions. All ages and abilities are welcome to puzzle with us! $50 team registration fees support programs and services for the local autism community. New in 2020 will be an added autism resource fair held in the Mall of America's Northeast Court from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Plan to gather resources and have fun during the puzzle competition! Puzzles for the 2020 competition will be provided by PuzzleTwist. Click here for more information and to register.
With a national prevalence rate of 1 in 59 and Minnesota's prevalence rate of 1 in 42, autism is the fastest growing disability. Everyone knows someone who is touched by autism. Since 1971, AuSM has been committed to enhancing 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. Every dollar raised for AuSM directly benefits the Minnesota autism community through programs and services tailored to the needs of families, individuals, educators, professionals and beyond. AuSM is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax-deductible.
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April is National Autism Acceptance Month, a special opportunity for businesses and organizations to show their support for the autism community. AuSM invites businesses and organizations to partner with us in April to increase autism acceptance.
Click here to join us as an AuSM Autism Awareness Month Partner in 2020.