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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…

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 Bookstore online for the first time for Summit event

For the first time ever, the AuSM Bookstore is available for online shopping. Featuring a limited, curated collection of books and sensory items, the AuSM Bookstore is open for online shopping before, during and after the AuSM Autistic Community Summit event on Sept. 19. From now through Sept. 27, the…

Challenges leaked in AuSM Community Unity Challenge event

It has come to our attention that someone at AuSM has LEAKED a bunch of the challenges that will be presented in the Family Bracket of the AuSM Community Unity Challenge. The Challenge planning committee has put their best efforts forward in protecting the challenge items; however, a short list…

Ask the Advocate: waivers and more during COVID pandemic

I have heard that people can use their CDCS (Consumer Directed Community Supports) waivered services more flexibly during COVID-19 closures of schools, therapies, and camps to receive remote services via platforms such as Zoom. Tell me more. The MN Department of Human Services requested some flexibility from the federal Centers…

Voters with disabilities, you have the power to vote

Participate in a virtual town hall forum with Minnesota‚Äôs 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…

Robocalls not coming from AuSM

We recently have been alerted about members of our community receiving “robocalls” – or unknown, recorded messages – from organizations claiming to be the Autism Society of Minnesota and asking for donations. AuSM does not share contact information of those who are members, participate with us, or who donate. AuSM…

Southwest Airlines donates LUV Classic funds to AuSM

Southwest Airlines generously has donated funds to AuSM in honor of its 2020 LUV Classic Golf Tournament and Party. Since 1985, Southwest Airlines has hosted this event, donating more than $18 million to charities over the past 34 years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwest made the difficult decision to…