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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.

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…

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’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…

2021 AuSM Summer Camps being planned

As we move through these winter months, the AuSM team and partnering camps are working diligently on preparations for an adapted summer camp season. Keeping the safety of our community paramount and following the evolving pandemic regulations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of…

Free ASD and communication workshop offered March 12

The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and the Minnesota Masonic Children’s Clinic for Communication Disorders in Duluth invite parents, caregivers, and providers of youth with autism or communication delays to participate in “Autism Spectrum Disorder and Communication: Foundational Strategies for Development,” a free virtual workshop led by an autism education…

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…

Ask the Therapist: Lonely Introvert

Dear Sara, I’m a proud introvert but this pandemic is really wearing me out. I feel lonely and want to see my friends again, but I know it’s unsafe. What should I do? Lonely Introvert   Dear Lonely Introvert, This has been an unbelievably stressful and tough year. I’m glad…

A Toast to AuSM virtual fundraiser on Feb. 28

Join AuSM as we celebrate our 50th year of service to the Minnesota autism community with an exciting, interactive brunch@home event: A Toast to AuSM. On Feb. 28, 2021 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., gather your friends and family virtually, each preparing a brunch as you like it, and AuSM will…

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…