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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’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…

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…

Wearing a mask social narrative for support during COVID-19

Wearing a cloth or paper mask isn’t something that feels natural. Due to regulations set by the state and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many community businesses are requiring patrons to wear masks for the safety of workers and other shop,…

Racism and oppression: all of us are agents of change

On May 25, 2020 George Floyd, an African American family man and community activist, was murdered by a Minneapolis Police officer while other officers watched without intervention. George’s death is not an anomaly. Rather, it is the result of deeply integrated and deadly prejudice that plagues too many public and…

COVID, Autism, and Stay Safe: Ask the Health Professionals

By Amy Carrison, PsyD, LADC and W. Brooks Donald, MD, MPH, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, retired As Minnesota slowly begins to reopen businesses across the state this week, new requirements are being announced to keep everyone safe. From social distancing to wearing masks, many of these new regulations can make…

AuSM works on resources and activities to support you during pandemic

As we work through these unprecedented days altered by the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, AuSM’s top priority has been to ensure the health and safety of our community. When the stay at home order was released, AuSM responded with ways to meet our community where they are, including: Focusing on continuity of…