- The Arizona Autism Coalition improves the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families in Arizona by sharing resources and affecting autism systems reform through state-wide collaboration and advocacy. Excellent site for locating providers and other support groups serving the Arizona autism community. Click here.
- Asperger’s Adult Support Group – Meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 12:30 – 3:30pm at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 East Southern Avenue in Tempe, AZ. This group is for ages 18-60+. Snacks/lunch is provided: sandwich makings, chips, fruit, cookies, gf/cf options available. People diagnosed or who suspect they have Asperger’s Syndrom, High-Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Right Hemisphere Learning Disorder, Semantic Pragmatic Language Disorder, High-Functioning Fragile X Disorder, Tuberous Sclerosis. Contact Tara Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org. This group meets at the same time as the Parents of Adults (18+) on the Spectrum.
- Parents of Adults (18+) on the Spectrum – Meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 12:30 – 3:30pm at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 East Southern Avenue in Tempe, AZ. Contact Mauri Reizes at email@example.com.
- Phoenix HFA -Phoenix High-Functioning Autism & Aspergers Support Network (Phoenix HFA) is a metropolitan Phoenix area, grass roots, volunteer support organization for families with high functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and related disorders up to age 18. Its mission is to positively impact the lives of these families with education and social networks while preparing the kids successfully for the future, both emotionally and vocationally. Contact info: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.phoenixautism.com
NW Valley High-functioning Autism/Asperger’s Parent Support Group and Kids Club – Meets at Christ’s Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road (corner of 67th Avenue and Happy Valley Road) Building 300 …(marked “Infants and Crawlers”), Peoria. For more meeting info, e-mail Ellen at email@example.com
- 4-1-1 Blue Pages – Disability Resources by County; Published by the Arizona Department of Education. Click here.
- Special Olympics – Special Olympics AZ gives people with developmental disabilities opportunities to participate in a variety of sports and physical activities. It is also a way to get out into the community and be social. Here is the district map to find the Special Olympics for your area. For the City of Tempe program (open to all), click here.
- ARC of Tempe – The ARC is a grass-roots, community organization for people with developmental disabilities. While they serve many DD clients, they do not exclude those outside of DD. They offer life skills classes, recreation & social activities, advocacy, and a variety of clubs. Click here for Calendar.
- Fitness Propelled – Geoff Rubin is a Mobile Fitness Trainer, certified through the American Council on Exercise. He has dedicated his work to children and young adults with High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Geoff offers both physical and educational approaches to fitness that address the needs of each individual. Website: http://www.fitnesspropelled.com
- SARRC (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center) The Vocational & Life Skills Academy was established by SARRC to maximize the independence, productivity and quality of life of young adults and adults with autism and related developmental disorders. Through ongoing education, daily living skills training, supported employment and interest-based career and job development, young adults and adults with autism have the opportunity to expand their horizons and give back to our community. SARRC’s calendar includes listings for SARRC-organized or SARRC-sponsored special events, support groups and workshops/trainings.
- BAIO Enterprises – Individual and group therapy for adults. Social Skills Therapy Group for 9-16 year-olds
Areas of focus: Social/Pragmatic Skills – Executive Functioning, Hidden Curriculum, Theory of Mind, Attention/Memory, Body Language, Personal Boundaries, Negotiation.
Marti Baio presented information on communicating effectively with adults on the spectrum at the February 2013 AZ ASSIST meeting. To view her presentation, click here.