AZ ASSIST is a community of families of teens and young adults on the autism spectrum where self-advocacy and independence are promoted and encouraged.

We have a great group of autistic adults who mentor our youth and a variety of professionals who generously share their time and expertise. Monthly meetings to explore transition issues, as well as social events in the community, provide opportunities for parents and youth to establish a community of support. Join us as we learn about transition, share our experiences, celebrate our successes and support each other on the journey to independence.

Explore our resources and browse our Facebook page for additional information and community events! Check out our Calendar to discover what we have planned for you.

Job fairs, apprenticeships, career exploration, job shadowing and other employment-related opportunities are listed every week on our Facebook page.

Need assistance applying for or managing benefits in the adult system of care? We can help you with AHCCCS, DDD, SSI/SSDI, SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps), Housing options and more. Please email info@azassist.com or call and leave a message at 480.779.0899 and let us know what you need.

SAFETY IN THE COMMUNITY

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It is impossible to understate the importance of safely self-disclosing a disability to law enforcement professionals or other first responders. Self-disclosure can be very helpful in everyday situations to improve communication, clear up confusion and secure appropriate accommodations for someone with a developmental disorder, acquired cognitive impairment, behavior disorder or mental illness.

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City of Tempe’s SMART911 allows citizens of Tempe the ability to proactively provide details about their family and home that may be needed in the event of a 9-1-1 emergency.

City of Chandler’s “Return Me Safe” program is for residents to share crucial information with police officers who respond to calls for individuals in vulnerable populations.

The Gilbert Police Department’s Special Interest Program offers its residents a way to share useful information with the department for family members who are unable to communicate basic information.

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