You may want to join on of our support groups in the valley. Check out our Monthly Support Group Meetings.
Need a Diagnosis? Check out our Professionals Who Diagnose.
You may want to contact the local Centers for Independent Living.
ABOUT: Centers for Independent Living or State Independent Living Centers:
Centers for Independent Living are community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organizations that are designed and operated by people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that they operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. Centers for Independent Living Provide:
You may want to contact Social Security. You can contact them HERE.
Information on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act HERE
Below is an article from the Autism Advocate, by Stephen Shore on self-advocacy. Also attached is an article on getting the diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome as an adult.
GRASP – The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership
419 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
(New York County)
Phone: (888) 474-7277
OASIS (Online Asperger’s Syndrome Information and Support) MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome
P.O. Box 524
Crown Point, IN 46308 USA
Specifically for Women with Autism:
You might also consider visiting a website such as WrongPlanet at http://www.wrongplanet.net an online resource and community for those with Asperger’s syndrome and see what they have to offer. There are numerous online chat groups on the internet that focus on Asperger’s Syndrome as well; doing a search should yield you many results.
The following publishers of books on autism may be helpful in finding information on a variety of topics related to autism and Asperger’s syndrome:
Autism Asperger Publishing Company
Future Horizons Inc.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Social Skills Group for Adults
LOCATION: 10251 North 35th Avenue Phoenix, Arizona, 85051
Vocational Programs – ACCEL offers comprehensive and diverse vocational services including a commercial kitchen with food service training, a horticulture and lawn service program, an automotive detail program, a creative design workshop with craft and art production, screen printing, a janitorial service, a full service print shop, a retail store and a recording studio. Through a cooperative program with local businesses, vocational students also have the opportunity to work in community based employment settings. A variety or vocational services are offered on different sites. The type of program that is available is dependent upon the student’s location, student’s skill and independence level, as well as the student’s interest level.
Whether planning to find a job, work in a supported employment setting, take advantage of community service agencies, or work at Michael’s Garden, students begin to seriously consider how they will spend their time after they leave the ACCEL educational program and transition into adult services.
GOMPERS DAY TRAINING FOR ADULTS PROGRAM (DTA)
CONTACT: Cheril Chilcoat at firstname.lastname@example.org
PHONE: 602.336.0061 ext. 131
Vocational Training and Community Placement
CONTACT: Fred Siegel at email@example.com
PHONE: 623.215.0845 ext. 226
Gompers Day Training for Adults program is built around one premise: Client empowerment. Individuals age 18 and older are encouraged to express themselves while being supported by a staff that looks to assist them in reaching their greatest potential. DTA focuses on three main areas: Continuing education, social and community interaction and volunteerism. If they so choose, individuals in Gompers DTA program may also gain their first exposure to work through pre-vocational classes. In addition, DTA is heavily involved in Special Olympics where all individuals are encouraged to try out for one of our many teams.
Gompers DTA program provides needed services to people with developmental disabilities that focus on individualized training in the areas of communication, self-care, community awareness, social development, life skills and money management. The program also encourages individual participation and integration in a variety of work and recreational activities throughout the community including Beatitudes Center DOAR, HALO Animal Rescue, St. Vincent DePaul Society and a myriad of other wonderful organizations who understand the inherent value in all individuals…with or without disabilities.
For more information about Gompers Day Training for Adults Program (DTA), please contact Cheril Chilcoat at 602.336.0061 extension 131.
GOMPERS VOCATIONAL PROGRAM
Gompers Habilitation Center offers one of the finest vocational training programs in the state of Arizona. In our new 21,000 square foot facility in Glendale, over 100 men and men and women learn to perform a wide variety of skills that enable them to gain employment. Gompers Vocational Program assists those individuals looking to further their employability skills through three avenues:
• Vocational Training Center
• Community Placement
The Vocational Training Center allows an individual to explore their vocational interests in a supportive environment that encourages growth and mentorship all while doing real work for real money.
The jobs learned at our facility include tasks such as light assembly work making components for local business, packaging food and medical products and running automatic wrapping lines preparing customers products for shipment to locations across the nation as well as Europe. Over the course of a year these men and women have the opportunity to work on and develop a variety of skills with the wide range of different jobs our center offers.
The next tier is our enclave or outside assisted work program. The clients are evaluated on a regular basis to determine their strengths and their interests. Additional assistance and services are provided to help individuals increase these abilities in and out of the workplace. Gompers trained management staff looks for assisted employment positions in the community that match the clients’ focus. Once an appropriate position has been found, a team of clients and a trained Gompers staff person begin to work at the place of business. Transportation, supervision and assistance are given to the client throughout the day in this supported program.
The third tier sets the stage for community placement. Once the client demonstrates sufficient skills at the job and is able to work independently, Gompers assists in locating a position in the community for the individual. In many cases the supported position becomes permanent. The client begins to handle all their own needs to maintain and perform their job. Gompers specially trained staff continues to work with them as they acclimate to their new opportunity by meeting with them at the job site. In the beginning there may be four or more visits a week until the client gets settled and feels comfortable. As this happens the supportive visits lessen as the client’s confidence builds, however visits are still made weekly or as needed. This program has a success rate of over 80% of clients maintaining their independence through this program.
Ticket to Work
Gompers is very active in the Ticket to Work and self sufficiency program. Anyone now receiving Social Security benefits between the ages of 18-64 qualifies for this great program. Simply contact Maximus (Program Management) toll-free at 1-866-968-7842 or the TDD toll-free line at 1866TDD2WORK.
The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is the centerpiece of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (TWWIIA). The goal of the Ticket Program is to give disability beneficiaries the opportunity to achieve steady, long-term employment by providing them greater choices and opportunities to go to work if they choose to do so. The legislation also removes barriers that previously influenced people’s choices between healthcare coverage and work. Gompers is committed to the success of the Ticket to Work program in our community. For more information about Gompers Vocational Program, please contact Fred Siegel at 623.215.0845 extension 226.
Guthrie Mainstream Services
Ability Center (Main Campus)
LOCATION: 6549 E. University Drive Mesa, AZ 85205
Phone (480) 633-8881
Fax (480) 633-7095
For Adults: We offer- Day Treatment and Training, Monday Night Activities, The University of Utopia, and Client Council.
Marc Center of Mesa
To provide individuals with disabilities an enjoyable environment that promotes choices and opportunities for growth through life enriching activities that encourages self determination and independence in their lives
CDS Contact Information: Phone: (480) 969-3800
Fax: (480) 890-7204
Person Cared Planning
CDS provides personalized and group instruction to adults with disabilities, assisting them to achieve their maximum potential. Individuals are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities at the site and in the community. CDS offers training in a structured environment or in the community as a learning center of the following major areas of skill development:
CDS provides services for individuals with disabilities who are at least 18 years of age, demonstrate a desire to participate in the program and adheres to Marc Center policy Funding for this program is available through Department of Economics Security/Division of Development Disabilities (DES/DDD). Private paying placements are considered on an individual basis as vacancy permits
Community Integration Skills
Individuals accessing their community by applying their social skills and their academic skills of reading, writing, community survival signs and math as needed during a community activity. Community integration activities may include: planning and scheduling community activities, shopping and purchasing items, museums, theatres, library, athletic events, accessing public transportation and volunteering at thrift stores, etc.
Daily Living Skills
*Personal Care Skills – Individuals gain the basic knowledge to achieve a better state of health. Personal care activities/discussions include: dental care, health and safety awareness, fitness, healthy eating habits, appropriate dress, nail care, washing hands, taking medication, personal hygiene, responding to illness and washing and styling hair, etc.
*Home Maintenance Skills – Individuals learn the skills they need for home care. Home maintenance activities/discussions include: laundry, washing and drying dishes, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning windows, sweeping and moping, etc.
*Safety Awareness Skills – training is provided about using safety skills in the community, at work and home. Safety Awareness activities/discussions include: survival signs, stranger awareness, fire prevention and safety, first aid, personal safety, home safety, community awareness safety, work safety and emergency procedures.
*Self-Advocacy Skills – staff assists individuals to gain the skills and knowledge needed for greater independence. Self-advocacy activities/discussions include: reviewing rights, making informed decisions, communication, assertiveness, taking responsibility, etc.
*Work Experience Skills – staff assist individuals in obtaining the necessary skills needed in preparation for work. Work experience activities/discussions include: following directions, completing tasks.
*Functional Academics – training is provided in the area of reading, writing and numeracy which contribute to an individual ability to function independently in real-life situations at home, work and in the community.
Functional academic activities include: reading a book, writing a poem, sign language, communication, computer skills, money management and time management, etc.
SARRC – Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center Campus for Exceptional Children
LOCATION: 300 N. 18th Street Phoenix, AZ 85006-4103
FAX: (602) 340-8720
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday (8am – 5pm)
SARRC’s vocational and life-skills training is designed to help young adults and adults with ASDs express interest in potential careers while learning necessary life skills that will enhance their ability to live and work more independently. The training programs work to model best practices in vocational and life-skills development within community-integrated programs for individuals ages 13 and older. These vocational programs include typical peer mentoring and staff support.
Community Works is a pre-vocational, community-based job training program for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and typical peers ages 13-18. In collaboration with several community organizations, Community Works develops and promotes best practice job training and social skills.
Vocational and Life Skills Academy is designed to help teens and young adults with autism express interest in potential careers. They will also learn necessary life skills they will need to enhance their ability to live and work more independently.
Opus West Vocational and Life Skills Academy programs will provide youth and adults, ages 13 and older, with instruction and practicum opportunities related to pre-vocational, vocational, life and leadership skills development. Additionally, the academy will be a hub of support for communities, businesses and parents and families.
LOCATION: 4041 E. Thomas Road, Suite 212 Phoenix, Arizona 85018
PHONE: (602)224-5052 Residential
PHONE: (602)553-3667 Adult Services
LOCATION: 1515 E. Cedar Ave., Suite B1 Flagstaff, Arizona 86004
LOCATION: 5049 E. Broadway, Suite 114 Tucson, Arizona 85711
Day Treatment For Adults
Tungland Day Treatment for Adults (DTA) strives to provide progressive daytime programming options to the individuals we serve. As it is our goal to challenge and stimulate each individual to attain the highest level of independence possible, we are active in the community setting and also provide program options at the following facility based locations:
DTA structures are multi-faceted innovative programs. Our strategies stress experimental learning through “hands on” participation. Program examples include Music, Art, and Aqua Therapy.
DTA also offers specialized programming available to older adults.
DTA program hours are: Monday – Friday 8 am – 3 pm. Flexible and extended hours are available.
The Tungland Corporation Supported Employment Program allows individuals who have demonstrated skills in independence, motivation and good work habits to experience supported employment in the local business arena..
Supportive Employment serves as a stepping stone to competitive employment within the community. Individuals receive the support they need to be successful on the job. Employment counseling, job development and placement are integral components within our support structure. Resume writing, interview techniques, company hierarchy, and skill acquisition are examples of classes offered to build confidence and know how as related to the business world. Employment Programs. The Tungland ERP provides a continuum of training and vocational opportunities in safe, supportive and nurturing environments. Programs are 100% community based and are designed to help individuals find and keep suitable employment. Our vocational program stresses training in proper work habits and attitudes, functional academics, as well as assimilation of on the job skills. Currently, individuals experience “hands on” job training on programs including, but not limited to landscaping, promotional distribution, house painting and home maintenance and repair. We also operate The Special Touch Car Wash, a hand car wash and TTC Automotive, an automotive repair shop.
Individuals receive the support to learn and to succeed. Individuals are taught to focus on independence and to be responsible for their actions. Wages earned reinforce theories of good work habits. Our trainees are assessed on an individual basis and are encouraged to plan and strive toward their vocational goals, in ways that work best for them.
UCP of Central Arizona
22601 N. 17th Avenue STE 160
Phoenix, AZ 85027
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Disability Mortgages and Loans
College Guide for Students with Disabilities
The Guide to Securing Life-long Accommodations for Adult Children with Special Needs
You can check out both of our guides below:
Resource guide for students with disabilities- http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/
Scholarship guide for students with disabilities- http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/affordable-colleges-for-students-with-disabilities/
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Do the employers that you work with know that they may qualify for a benefit of $2400-$9600 per eligible employee if they qualify and hire certain people with disabilities and or veterans? Take a look at the short videos below and read the brochures to help you share the information with them. This could help them make a great hire and get paid for putting your job seeker to work!