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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…

You helped us meet our GTMD 2020 goal

We are extremely pleased to report that around 9 p.m. last night, AuSM met and surpassed our Give to the Max Day 2020 goal of $35,000. Just as AuSM stepped up to creatively offer much-needed programs and services in 2020, our community stepped up to show us their support. You…

Early bird registration is open for 2021 virtual autism conference

The Autism Societies of Greater Wisconsin and Minnesota are combining our state autism conferences again into one amazing virtual event, “Inform, Influence, Innovate Together,” which will be held online April 21-24, 2021. This important conference will feature dozens of livestream breakout sessions, virtual exhibit booths, an autism resources bookstore, and…

Safe holiday fun for all

GLOW Holiday Festival is Minnesota’s newest wintertime light experience and seasonal attraction at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The Great Minnesota Holiday Get-Together is a one-mile drive-through with a dozen stops featuring over a million holiday lights, illuminated trees, icicle and art installations, and more. Each night of GLOW benefits a…

Deadline for Call for Papers Extended

The Autism Societies of Greater Wisconsin and Minnesota are excited to extend the deadline for community members to submit to present live-stream breakout sessions during the virtual autism conference to Nov. 20, 2020. Breakout sessions will provide a wide range of information for participants at all levels, including those who…

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…