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Minnesota Candidates Respond to Disability Policy Survey

With the election coming up on Nov. 3, the Autism Society of Minnesota, The Arc Minnesota, Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota, Multicultural Autism Action Network, and Proof Alliance are collaborating to gather information about issues impacting the lives of those with disabilities. The AuSM Advocacy Committee created a survey for…

AuSM Puzzle Competition 2020 a virtual success

Though the pandemic prevented us from gathering in person this year, it did not stop us from having a ton of fun during the 3rd Annual AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition, a fundraiser to support the Minnesota autism community. 117 teams joined us virtually on Oct. 24 for the 500-Piece…

Trauma-focused workshop offered virtually Dec. 3

Autism & Trauma: Exploring Effects and Strategies is a collaborative workshop offered virtually by the Autism Societies of Greater Wisconsin and Minnesota from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. Trauma has a powerful capacity to shape a person’s physical, emotional, and social health and development. No less profound is the…

Seeking pandemic/AuSM impact community stories

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations, including AuSM, to pause, get creative, and redesign offerings with the safety of our community being paramount. AuSM moved some programs to a virtual format and created a safety plan for other programs so participants could meet in person. We want to know…

Voting resources

Election day is Nov. 3, and you have options for making sure your vote is counted and your voice is heard. The Autism Society of America put together a helpful page of resources that explains the importance of the presidential election; voter registration, eligibility, and deadlines; voting options; and links…

Call for Submissions open for 2021 autism conference

The Call for Submissions to present a breakout session during the 2021 autism conference, a joint event held virtually by the Autism Societies of Minnesota and Greater Wisconsin April 21-24, 2021, is open. Breakout sessions will provide a wide range of information for participants at all levels, including those who…

Disagreements in politics: how to maintain friendships

In this Ask the Therapist column, a community member asks how to keep their social network together despite disagreements on politics. Dear Dr. Barb: This political season is tearing my social network apart. I am an autistic adult and I have a relatively small social network of family and a…

AuSM jigsaw puzzle competition offered virtually on Oct. 24

The AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition will be offered in a virtual format in 2020. On Oct. 24 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., teams of puzzlers will gather on Zoom to put their skills to the test while supporting the local autism community. Organized by AuSM, the AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle…