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AuSM family featured on Family Dinner with Andrew Zimmern

It’s not every day that an AuSM community member is featured on a TV show with an internationally acclaimed chef, but Sheletta Brundidge has a special kind of spark that attracts the spotlight. That spark is what landed the Brundidge family on an episode of Family Dinner, the new show…

Community healing after loss

We grieve the senseless loss of Daunte Wright, another young, Black man killed by a police officer. We see the tragedy of systemic racism played out again and again in our neighborhoods, on our streets. As witnesses to these horrific acts of violence against members of our community, especially Black,…

NAMI provides resources during the Chauvin trial

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families, has compiled a list of resources for those experiencing trauma and other difficult emotions as the Derek Chauvin trial unfolds. This guide, directed toward members…

AuSM is on Instagram

AuSM now can be found on Instagram. Follow us for the latest updates on upcoming programs and check out photos from our amazing events and classes! Follow AuSM on Instagram…

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…

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…