Advocacy Alert

Advocacy Update: March 10, 2021

AuSM’s Advocacy Committee has been working hard on our package of accessibility bills and we’re currently at an important point. We need your help! Advocacy Alert Three bills from AuSM’s accessibility package are on the docket to receive hearings before the house and senate. We need you to reach out…

AuSM position statement on subminimum wage

AuSM emphasizes the importance of maintaining community supports and services while also making sure that people with disabilities have the same rights as non-disabled peers in employment. Background: Since establishment of minimum wage in 1938, a provision has existed to allow employers holding a section 14(c) certificate from the U.S.

Advocacy Update: Feb. 15, 2021

During the 2021 legislative session, AuSM is spearheading a package of bills aimed at increasing accessibility for those with invisible disabilities. Throughout the session, we’ll share advocacy updates in our e-newsletter and on our website to keep our community informed. Bills 2021 session has been moving slowly due to the…

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…

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…

Voters with disabilities, you have the power to vote

Participate in a virtual town hall forum with Minnesota’s Secretary of State, Steve Simon, on Thursday, July 16 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Simon will join the Autism Society of Minnesota and other members of Rev UP Minnesota to share important information about voter registration and the elections this year, ensuring that…