Steps for Autism in Minnesota Returns May 22 at St. Paul’s Como Lake

With a prevalence rate of one in 36 in Minnesota, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the state. To help improve the lives of people with autism and their families, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) will raise funds by hosting the 22nd Annual Steps for Autism at the Como Lakeside Pavilion on May 22, 2022.

Individuals, families, businesses, organizations, and community groups are encouraged to register for free and build teams to raise money to support AuSM’s programs and services.

What: 22nd Annual Steps for Autism in Minnesota, an all-abilities walk route with activity stations throughout, and an autism resource fair at the pavilion

Where: Como Lakeside Pavilion: 1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55103

When: May 22, 2022, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (rain or shine)

Who: Organized by the Autism Society of Minnesota

Why: All funds raised through Steps for Autism stay local to build and enhance innovative programs and services benefitting the diverse needs of the Minnesota autism community.

Website: https://ausm.org/events/steps-for-autism

Autism remains widely misunderstood, which can leave families confused after a recent diagnosis. Families can also feel uncomfortable or even unwelcome because of unaccepting mindsets and unaccommodating venues. AuSM helps families overcome misinformation and bridge the gap in finding proper support.

Serving the needs of autistic people from birth through retirement, AuSM’s programs and services include individual and group therapy, support groups, social skills classes, educational programs, workshops, conferences, summer camps, autism training, and more.

“Our community looks forward to Steps for Autism each spring because this fun-filled event doubles as an opportunity to connect with other families and gather valuable information from our supporters,” said Ellie Wilson, AuSM’s Executive Director. “It’s an event that truly brings people together and allows us to celebrate our diversity.”

Steps for Autism is approachable for all abilities, as each participate chooses their pace and distance – even if that’s from the parking lot to the pavilion for the resource fair.

To learn more about Steps for Autism, registration, sponsorships, hosting a resource table, or AuSM’s programs, services, and advocacy, visit www.ausm.org.

Contact: Mark Malmberg, 612-850-3178, mmalmberg@ausm.org

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