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Summer programs open for application and registration

The 2021 AuSM Summer Recreation Catalog/AuSM’s Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota is available online. The catalog includes information about AuSM’s residential camps, social skills classes, recreation programs, and other training and education opportunities. Printed copies of the catalog will be reaching mailboxes soon! Application for the residential camps lottery process is…

AuSM Celebrates Interdependence, a new initiative

In the world of disability, we often talk about whether or not someone is independent. We ask if someone lives independently, if they can hold down employment independently, if they can accomplish daily living independently. What we sometimes don’t recognize is that no one lives entirely independently. Every human relies…

AuSM’s Annual Meeting Feb. 24

AuSM’s annual meeting will take place virtually on Feb. 24 from 7-8 p.m. Participation is free, but registration is required. Click here to register to participate. A meeting link to the virtual Zoom platform will be sent to you in your registration confirmation e-mail. AuSM’s Annual Meeting Agenda 7…

Ask the Therapist: COVID

Our latest Ask the Therapist column focuses on making COVID services like testing and vaccination accessible. Check out the tips from our January Ask the Therapist: Dear Dr. Barb: Due to documented COVID-19 exposure my son with autism will need a COVID test. He has extreme sensitivity to anyone touching his…

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…

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.

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…

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…