AuSM Connections
Nov. 15, 2015
AuSM Connections Sponsored by  
PAI's Adult Autism Program
Note from Jonah Weinberg, AuSM Executive Director

The nation's attention zeroed in on the prevalence rate of autism late last week as a new study released on Nov. 12 by the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics identified a rate of 1 in 45, an increase from the 1 in 68 rate that generally has been accepted since 2014. It's important to note that this number was determined by different methodology than the previous, and should not be compared as "apples to apples."
 
Here's what is important. Regardless of whether the "correct" number is 1 in 45 or 1 in 68, or some other number altogether, we need to focus on making certain that adequate resources, services, and supports are accessible to individuals with ASD in their communities. We need to ensure people with ASD have access to quality education, employment, housing, and the ability to pursue goals and aspirations that are right for them, as individuals.
 
AuSM understands the considerable need for programs and services within our community, and the obstacles that prevent families and individuals from accessing them. We remain committed to advocating for everyone with autism, from birth through retirement. We continually work to ensure people with ASD are afforded their rights to maximize their quality of life, and live in a world where they are respected and valued. In short, the need in our community is unchanged, and our mission to serve families and individuals touched by ASD is as important as ever.

Have an AuSM day!

NOTE: Congratulations to Joe Timmons, AuSM Board of Directors member, for winning the Excellence in Community Building award at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) 30th anniversary celebration on Nov. 10. We appreciate the time Joe dedicates to AuSM and the disability community.
YOU GAVE TO THE MAX FOR AUTISM IN MINNESOTA
Thank you to everyone who donated and and shared AuSM's message in efforts to encourage donations during Give to the Max Day on Nov. 12, our state-wide day of giving. Because of your generosity, AuSM raised a total of $8,373.68, far surpassing our goal of $6,800! Donations ranged from $5 to $1,000, and every one of those dollars will be used support AuSM's programs and services for our AuSM community! Thank you, too, to AuSM's newest Premier Partner, Cub Foods, for their matching gift that doubled donations up to $1,000.

If you were unable to give on Nov. 12 but still would like to donate, please click here . 100% of your donation will stay in Minnesota to support our local autism community by funding AuSM's programs and services. Thank you, Minnesota autism community!
2016 AUTISM CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS
Proposal submissions for presentations during the 21st Annual Minnesota Autism Conference, April 27-30, 2016 now are being accepted. Present your ideas, research, and/or topic of focus during the Minnesota autism community's largest information-sharing event of the year. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016. Click here for more details and to download the application form.
SELECT AuSM THROUGH COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES
AuSM is pleased to announce its membership in Community Health Charities (CHC), an organization that unites the nation's most trusted charities through workplace giving. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, employees who want to designate their pre-tax, workplace giving dollars to support the Minnesota autism community may choose AuSM as a recipient. Click here for more information.
POPULAR ON AuSM'S FACEBOOK PAGE AND BLOG FOR AuSM
Nearly 12,800 of AuSM's Facebook page followers viewed this posting from Nov. 4:  "Eminem and Aspergers".

Have you read The AuSM Blog? Click on the link to check it out. Interested in contributing? AuSM's Blog builder wants to know: If you have a sensory diet, what element do you find the most helpful and why? Send your responses to Olivia James, AuSM's Marketing and Communications Specialist at ojames@ausm.org.
SENSORY FRIENDLY SANTA EVENTS
Sunday, Nov. 22 from 8-11 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 6 from 8-10 a.m.

Southdale Center Sensitive Santa
Sunday, Dec. 6 from 8-10 a.m. 

A social narrative for the Sensitive Santa events will be available on AuSM's website soon.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT NORTHTOWN MALL IN BLAINE? 
HELP AuSM WIN $3,000 FOR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR THE MINNESOTA AUTISM COMMUNITY!

AZURE FAMILY CONCERT SERIES
Azure Family Concerts are autism-friendly, interactive concerts developed specifically for individuals and families touched by autism. Concerts are a safe zone where individuals on the spectrum and families can enjoy an enriching concert experience with activities that are inclusive of children and adults with autism.

WindSync
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, 11 a.m.
A young, vibrant wind quintet sure to enrich the lives of children, families and community through their inventive, interactive, educational chamber music performances.


Tickets are required for everyone under the age of 18. Free for parents and chaperones. $5 at the door or $3 in advance. Purchase online or by call The Schubert Club Box Office at 651.292.3268.

Landmark Center Weyerhaeuser Auditorium
75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, MN
AuSM's WINTER AND SPRING 2016 SOCIAL SKILLS CLASSES: REGISTER TODAY
LIFE WITH AUTISM SERIES - AGE-SPECIFIC INFORMATION AND STRATEGIES
AuSM's Life with Autism Series offers information and strategies to parents, family members, relatives, caregivers, educators, and the community through engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Participants also learn about available services and resources.

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Intro to Autism
Develop an understanding of the basics of autism, resource options, and positive behavior supports. Learn how families, schools, and the medical community can work together to educate and support those with ASD. Get practical tips on helping individuals with ASD meet their potential.
Next Session: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Newly Diagnosed
Obtain information on topics including the definition of autism, parent feelings, neurological findings, therapies, communication strategies, teaching daily living skills, challenging behavior, sensory needs, visual supports, and using social stories.
Next Session: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Adolescence and Transition
Obtain information on topics including parent emotions, the impact of autism on adolescents, independence in daily living skills, public social skills, reciprocal relationships, sexuality, privacy and safety, transitions into adult living and workplace issues, self-determination skills, behavior management, and emotions.
Next Session: Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Adults
Obtain information on topics such as impact of autism on adults, independence in daily living skills, social skills across settings including the workplace, reciprocal relationships, sexuality, privacy and safety, transitions into adult living, workplace issues, self-determination skills, behavior management, and emotions.
Next Session: Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
LIFE WITH AUTISM ON THE ROAD: ANOKA HENNEPIN COMMUNITY EDUCATION 
AuSM is pleased to partner with Anoka Hennepin Community Education to present two sessions of the Life with Autism Series at the Anoka Staff Development Center in Anoka, Minn. Registration through Anoka-Hennepin Schools Community Education will open on Nov. 30.

Life with Autism: Coping and Strategies for a New Diagnosis
Join us for information on topics including the characteristics of autism, parent feelings and response, evidence based practices and resources, and strategies for improved communication, behavior, and sensory management. 
Instructor: Janette Johnson
Location: Staff Development Center; 2727 North Ferry St., Anoka, MN
Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.

Life with Autism: Navigating Adolescence and Transition 
Join us to discuss the impact of autism on adolescence, parent emotions, independence, social skills, reciprocal relationships, safety, and transition into adult support, living, and employment. 
Instructor: Dawn Brasch
Location: Staff Development Center, 2727 North Ferry St., Anoka, MN
Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.
AUTISM DIRECT SUPPORT CERTIFICATION
AuSM's Autism Direct Support Certification Program is designed for professionals who work with individuals with autism or who want to better provide service to those with autism spectrum disorders. This in-depth, 15 hour course will give practical solutions for working with people on the spectrum. Sessions are limited to 15 participants.
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Winter 2016 Session
Saturdays (combined, longer sessions)
Jan. 23, 30, 2016 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Feb. 6, 2016 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Spring 2016 Session
Mondays (typical schedule, evenings)
March 21, 28, and April 4, 11, and 18, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.

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UPCOMING AuSM SKILLSHOPS (MONTHLY, TWO-HOUR MINI WORKSHOPS)
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Understanding ASD in Adults
AuSM Skillshop held at Meridian
Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 7-9 p.m.
Barb Luskin, PhD, LP
Obtain an overview of the common features of autism and Asperger's Syndrome in adults and how they manifest as characteristics. Understand why individuals with autism do things differently and how to turn challenges into assets.

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THERAPISTS WHO SPECIALIZE IN SERVING INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM
Mental Health Services

With more than 80 years of combined experience with individuals with autism, AuSM's team of highly trained and licensed therapists wants you to feel comfortable and knowledgeable as we undertake this journey together, striving for positive, individual-focused goals.

 

AuSM's Mental Health Services include:

  • Diagnostic assessments for adults
  • Functional or behavioral assessments for all ages
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Behavior consultation
  • Marriage and couples therapy
  • Training for organizations and service providers

AuSM sends out a monthly "Ask the Therapist" e-mail where AuSM's therapists answer questions submitted by the Minnesota autism community. Click here to read the "Ask the Therapist" archive. To submit a question for this monthly series, e-mail info@ausm.org.

 

Click here for more information.

FREE WAYS TO PARTICIPATE WITH AuSM
Navigating Autism (at the airport)

 

Autism Community Events and Research Study Postings on the AuSM Website.

 

Click here to access the AuSM Connections e-newsletter archive.

Make Your Dollars Count

Autism Society of Minnesota supporters sustain the work that has helped so many in our community. 100% of donations stay in the Minnesota autism community, and every dollar counts. We appreciate your generosity, and we look forward to continuing to be your go-to resource for autism programs and services.

 

  

Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement.
 
AuSM does not sell or share the contact information of our members, volunteers, donors or supporters.