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. It offers family and community resources, therapy, annual events, and education. It also works with the community to create sensory friendly events and hours at venues around the Twin Cities.
Autism Society of Minnesota in the Community
AUSM has paired with many venues in the Twin Cities to offer resources and special hours for individuals with autism and their families. Examples include:
- Three Rivers Parks: Sensory-Friendly Sundays have been offered at Lowry Nature Center and French Regional Park.
- Movie Theatres: Marcus Theatre and AMC Sensory Friendly Films
- Walker Art Center: Sensory Friendly Sundays
- Battle Creek Waterworks offers Autism Friendly Hour on Sundays
- Minnesota Orchestra: Sensory Friendly Concerts
Find more resources like this on our Twin Cities Special Needs ShortList.
Steps for Autism - Annual Walk & Resource Fair
Traditionally held the first weekend of March at Southdale Mall, the Steps for Autism Walk will be held in May in 2021 and will likely be an outdoor event (and possibly a drive through event) to facilitate social distancing. FFTC has often participated in its annual fundraising walk and resource fair. We think it is a really fun way to support this great cause. Read more about the walk here.
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