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A Toast to AuSM virtual fundraiser on Feb. 28

Join AuSM as we celebrate our 50th year of service to the Minnesota autism community with an exciting, interactive brunch@home event: A Toast to AuSM. On Feb. 28, 2021 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., gather your friends and family virtually, each preparing a brunch as you like it, and AuSM will…

AuSM member creates autistic adult-focused podcast

Philip King-Lowe always has been passionate about connecting with other autistic adults. In 2020, his ambition to work with autistic adults grew into a major project: a podcast called Today’s Autistic Moment. Like many autistic adults, King-Lowe has struggled with traditional styles of work. He looked to his special interests…

Important notes from AuSM’s Executive Director

We’ve nearly made it through 2020, and I think we’re all looking forward to turning the calendar on this unpredictable year of pandemic. For the past several months, the AuSM staff and board have been planning for 2021. This comes in the form of figuring our budget, looking at our…

Sexuality class registration open for winter 2021

During it’s Let’s Talk About Sexuality: Sex, Communication, and Boundaries class offered this winter, individuals with autism ages 16+ will learn about sexual development and expression and engage in conversations about safe, healthy sexuality. Topics will include: healthy relationships, safe and appropriate boundaries, consent, personal safety, private and public spaces,…

AuSM announces January 2021 improv class

AuSM is pleased to announce a new winter session of its ComedySportz Improv class to be offered beginning Jan. 9, 2021. AuSM will offer beginner and advanced sessions of this virtual class, which is open to those with autism ages 14-26, in partnership with CSz Twin Cities. Have fun while…

AuSM Advocacy Committee: The Year in Review

Despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic in 2020, our AuSM Advocacy Committee (AAC) Co-Chairs, Jean Bender and Jillian Nelson, along with the support of committee members, had a year of triumph with the Minnesota legislature and participation with groups supporting important initiatives. Highlights include: Passing the…

Ask the Therapist: Holiday Edition

Our latest Ask the Therapist column features tips for making this holiday season successful for your family. If you’re worried about changing routines, new traditions, and other elements of the holidays, check out the December column:   Dear Dr. Barb: As the holidays approach this year, I’m feeling a lot of anxiety.

AuSM offers virtual workshop on sexuality

AuSM is pleased to offer A Developmental Perspective on Sexuality from 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 8. This two-hour AuSM Skillshop will be held virtually and is tailored for caregivers of individuals with autism. Caregivers are the primary sexuality educators of their children, but many have questions about how to start…

Autism & Trauma virtual workshop today

Thank you to those who are participating in the Autism & Trauma virtual workshop today, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CST. Those who registered received an e-mail with instructions for accessing the livestream. If you have questions about this event, please direct those to events@ausm.org. More…

AuSM Bookstore holiday shopping

The AuSM Bookstore will be available for online shopping through Dec. 10, 2020. A selection of books and fidgets, curated by AuSM staff, can be perused on AuSM’s website and orders placed through our secure online form. To ensure the safety of our community, orders placed will be shipped directly…