SEEDs for Autism is a Phoenix based 501(c)(3) vocational training program dedicated to teaching autistic/asperger adults across the spectrum, a multitude of job skills related to the arts. The diverse art skills are taught in a user friendly classroom setting, allowing for each participant to be themselves, among their peers. Some of these related skills include: staying on task, working as a team, pride of workmanship, eye/hand co-ordination, responsibility, focus, respect of property and of others, friendship, and a variety of artistic skills.

SEEDs is located at 1345 W. McKinley between Roosevelt and Van Buren in downtown Phoenix … on the corner of McKinley and 15th Avenue.

Visit the SEEDs for Autism website at


RMG Imaging Artists is a software training and product innovation program providing opportunities in Multimedia and Marketing Technology for adults with ASD and other special needs. Throughout the program, artists develop digital technology skills essential in the 21st century workplace. Training programs include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Animate (Flash).

Our innovative approach fills a niche for those who are artistic, creative, and love working on computers. Explore the possibilities; Unlock your potential!

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Hacienda Healthcare‘s Autism Spectrum Disorder Vocational Program allows participants to experience several work environments before choosing a pre-vocational work site that most interests them.  We assist the participants in learning and mastering the personal and interpersonal characteristics that are key for all individuals to be successful in their chosen profession.  In addition, we provide participants the skills and knowledge to develop and hone work related skills necessary to secure gainful employment in the community in their selected line of work.  As participants become ready to graduate they will be given assistance in securing post-program employment.

Participants will have the following characteristics:

  • High functioning.
  • Shows enough of an interest in employment to want to learn appropriate vocational skills.
  • Does not possess any behaviors that may result in injury to self or others.
  • Does not require nursing, respiratory or medical care.
  • Is not dependent on psychotropic medications for behavior control.  Medication for anxiety and/or depression is acceptable.
  • Is independent in all daily living skills.
  • Is 18-30 years of age.
  • Has the ability to use or learn to use public transportation.

For further information regarding the Autism Spectrum Disorder Vocational Program and additional programs available contact the following:

Helen Wade, Director of Vocational Services
Cell:  520-208-7366
Office:  602-243-4231 x138


SARRC (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center)

Click here for information on the programs offered for Vocational and Life Skills Training.


Project SEARCH, AZ

Greater Phoenix: Core-Mark Arizona Distribution Center (Tolleson)
Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa (Glendale)
Medtronic (Tempe)
Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix South Mountain (Phoenix)

These are 9 to 10-month career-focused programs occurring entirely within a host business, training young people ages 18-26 who have graduated from (or exited) high school and are in plan with Vocational Rehabilitation (AZ DES Rehabilitation Services Administration). The typical program day includes an hour of instruction in employability and independent living skills followed by four to five hours of work experience at the internship rotation site. The final daily component is a reflection period in which interns have the opportunity to share their experiences and concerns from the day. Program interns integrate within the host business, rotating  through 3 unpaid 11-week rotations to learn critical, transferrable employment skills with support from mentors and onsite program staff. The goal for each intern is to obtain competitive employment during or upon completion of the program year.

For more information and to access application materials, please visit or contact

Laura Schweers:
Project SEARCH AZ Coordinator
Sonoran UCEDD, UA


Vocational Rehabilitation

Click here for information on Arizona’s Vocational Rehabilitation services.

Click here to download the June 18, 2012 presentation to AZ ASSIST by Betty Schoen from Vocational Rehabilitation.