For a calendar of autism related community events in Rochester and the surrounding areas, click here.

RTAAF Sponsored or Co-Sponsored EVENTS:

November 8, 2109 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - The 2nd Annual Southeastern Minnesota Autism Symposium - Empire Event Center at Apache Hotel

A full day event of training and education on autism spectrum disorders! Intended for parents, professionals, educators, social workers, care providers, group home staff, anyone who is impacted by autism. $40 a person (includes lunch) or $15 a person for adults on the autism spectrum. Scholarships available.

Please pre-regeister:

Tentative Schedule:
8:00 am Registration/Coffee
8:30 am : Welcome
8:45 am: Katie Thune, “Supporting Sexual Health for People of All Abilities”
9:45 am: Break
10 am: Panel Discussion: Autistic Adults talk about friendships, dating and identity.
11 am: Katie Thune, Keynote Part II
12:00: LUNCH, Exhibitors and Live Music by Lucas Horvath
1:00pm ROOM A- Adult track – Olivia James, Autism Society of Minnesota
1:00pm ROOM B- Child/Youth track– Alia McCann, Caravel Autism Health
2:00pm : Break
2:15pm ROOM A- Adult Track: TBA
2:15pm ROOM B: Child/Youth track- Jaclyn Burton, Rochester Center for Children
3:15: Break
3:30: Closing Session: TBA
4:30: End

January 25, 2020 - 10th Annual Gala for Autism Awareness: Until All The Pieces Fit! 
Rochester International Events Center - Doors open at 5:00 PM for VIP guests, 6:00 PM for all others

Live music and dancing! Live and silent auctions, fantastic raffle prizes, dinner, and live music from Annie Mack. More excited guests to be announced!

VIP Events include: VIP only raffles, silent auction items, special cocktail hour and more!

If you like to donate or volunteer, please contact Jennifer Erwin at


Big thanks to Minnesota United Soccer and Timberwolves Basketball! Timberwolves donated tickets to RTAAF as part of their "Tickets for Kids" initiative! And MN United raised funds for autism organizations throughout Minnesota. All in one weekend!

Best in America - Independent CharityThe RT (Reece Trahan) Autism Awareness Foundation is an organization dedicated to making people aware of Autism and the effects it has on individuals and their families.

The diagnosis of Autism is an emotional one for families, and the RT Autism Awareness Foundation wants individuals and families to recognize that they are not without help.