July 1, 2016       Connecting you with the Minnesota autism community.

A Note from Jonah Weinberg, Executive Director
With Independence Day just around the corner, the powerful opening lines of the Declaration of Independence come to mind: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

While those words were penned 240 years ago, we continue to strive for a point when people with autism and other disabilities are truly being assured their "unalienable rights." The right to advocate for a life of their choosing, outside of institutions that directed every aspect of daily lives; the liberty to live in their community and go to school with their peers; and the right to seek out work, or friends, or activities that bring happiness.
 
The text of our Declaration of Independence does not discriminate, and while today we'd clarify that "all people are created equal," the sentiment remains the same. To live, to be free, and to be happy are universal rights, rights we're entitled to and rights we must afford to all others.
 
These rights take center stage in AuSM's mission of enhancing the lives of those affected by autism. From our work with legislators and policy makers, to our trainings for teachers and emergency responders, we work each day to ensure all individuals with autism have access to the resources and supports they need to achieve maximum independence. We want all individuals with autism, along with their families and loved ones, to have the freedom to live confidently as they find their paths to happiness at home, in school, at work, and in the community.
 
On this July 4th weekend, I wish you and yours a safe and happy celebration of our nation's freedoms, and the struggles we continue to endure to assure them. And, I invite you to take a look at the resources AuSM has to offer to help you or a loved one pursue the Life, Liberty, and Happiness of your choosing.

AuSM Executive Director
How to have a sensory-friendly Fourth of July
With crowds, barbecues, and fireworks, the Fourth of July can be overwhelming for some individuals on the autism spectrum. However, the following tips from the Autism Society of America can help your loved one or friend with ASD have an enjoyable and comfortable holiday. Click here to read the full article.
Sensory-friendly The Lion King Broadway show at Orpheum July 30
Hennepin Theatre Trust is offering a sensory-friendly performance of Disney's The Lion King on Saturday, July 30 at 2 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. This show will be specifically designed for individuals with sensory, social, and learning disabilities and their families and is the first sensory-friendly performance of a touring Broadway show in Minnesota. Be sure to stop by AuSM's resource table during this exciting event! A social narrative is available on the Hennepin Theatre Trust website. Tickets are specially priced for this performance and start at $30. Click here for more information and to order tickets. 
Conference Call for Papers open now through Nov. 14, 2016
The Call for Papers for the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is open now through Nov. 14, 2016. AuSM is opening the Call for Papers process earlier than usual to allow more time for submissions. The deadline also has been moved up to November instead of January so the conference schedule can be made available in early 2017. Submit your proposal to present during this largest annual educational event for the Minnesota autism community. The Minnesota Autism Conference Education Committee will evaluate proposals and contact those who submit proposals by Dec. 20, 2016. Click here to download, complete, and submit the Call for Papers 2017 proposal form.
AuSM Day with the Lynx July 20
The Minnesota Lynx and AuSM invite you to join us on Wednesday, July 20 at 12 p.m. as the Lynx host the Atlanta Dream. Visit the Target Center for an action packed afternoon with Lynx mascot, Prowl. Earplugs will be available at the Guest Services station in section 138 and a quiet room will be available for sensory breaks. A portion of each ticket sold through this offer will benefit AuSM. Click here for more information and to order your tickets today.
AuSM Golf Classic 2016 is nearly sold out!
Reserve your space now to hit the links one month from today in support of AuSM's mission of enhancing the lives of individuals touched by autism in Minnesota. The 21st Annual AuSM Golf Classic will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at the pristine Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wis. Click here for more information, sponsorship opportunities, and to register.
Register today to learn from Professor Tony Attwood
AuSM is pleased to present Professor Tony Attwood for a full-day fall workshop event on Oct. 19: "An Aspie's Guide to Life's Challenges: Unlocking Tools for Resilience in a Complex World". Join AuSM for this rare opportunity to learn from world-renowned speaker and autism expert, Tony Attwood, who will share his insights and strategies for navigating emotions, adolescence, relationships, and employment. The fall workshop will take place at the Schulze Grand Atrium at the University of St. Thomas School of Law Minneapolis Campus. Register today to be a part of this unique event for parents, caregivers, educators, psychologists, therapists, direct support professionals, and individuals with autism. Click here for more information and to register.
Summer Social Skills - Classes Filling Quickly
Now that summer is here, AuSM summer social skills classes are filling quickly! Register today for the AuSM Social Skills classes of your choice to ensure your spot in those classes. Click here for information about scholarships and waivers.

JULY

July 11-15

Crazy Creatures: July 18-22, 2016
 
July 25-29, 2016

July 19-22, 2016

July 25-29

AUGUST

Sessions 3 and 4: August 1-5, 2016

Zoo Crew and Design: August 8-12, 2016

Lowry Nature Center: July 19-22, 2016
Eastman Nature Center: August 16-19, 2016

Monkey Mind Pirates sensory-friendly show
Monkey Mind Pirates, the world's only puppet, rock, yoga adventure, will sail to Maplewood Community Center on Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. This performance is recommended for ages 2 and up and guest stars families from the Z Puppets/AuSM family summer workshops. Turn your family's "arrghs" into "Oms" with the award-winning, original songs and Monkey Mind Pirates puppets. Tickets are $7. Click here for more information and to order your tickets.
AuSM Skillshops
Food Fight! Nutritional Strategies for Children with ASD and Their Families
August 30, 2016
Location: West Metro Learning Connections
Presenter: Anne Kelly, MD, MPH

Research has proven that children with ASD have numerous nutrient deficiencies and gastrointestinal disorders that contribute to poor health and behavioral symptoms. Sensory issues, food refusal, and peculiar cravings affect many children wtih ASD, making it difficult to introduce healthier foods. Receive information on the use of whole food powders to make nutrient-rich shakes that are affordable, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free, and discuss strategies that will simplify the nutrition routine for the whole family.

September 20: Autism and Anxiety in Adults held at Merrick, Inc.
2016-2017 Complete AuSM Skillshops Schedule Announced Soon!
Therapy and Support
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 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, e-mail info@ausm.org.

Kickstands up for AuSM this summer
Join AuSM and these fun motorcycle ride organizers at events planned in support of the Minnesota autism community.

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Information and Resources
Autism Community Events and Fundraisers
Autism Society of Minnesota | 651.647.1083 | info@ausm.org |  www.ausm.org

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.

Autism Society of Minnesota, 2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114

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