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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.

  • Browse our Facebook page for additional information and community events! Job fairs, apprenticeships, career exploration, job shadowing and other employment-related opportunities are listed every week.
  • Check out our Calendar to discover what we have planned.
  • GPS (Guide to Public Services) – Let us guide you to the services you need and even help you through the application process. Whether you are a teen, young adult or the parent of someone on the autism spectrum, we want to help! We can help answer questions about:  AHCCCS, Employment, DDD, SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps), Housing, Transportation, SSI/SSDI, Vocational Training, Social Activities, Therapies, Empowerment Scholarships and more!


Did you know that AZ ASSIST has a Guide to Public Services Coordinator to answer your questions on transition topics such as SSI, guardianship, VR, housing, and more?

Contact Lynne Knudson at:

Monthly Social Event for teens and young adults ages 14+

9th Annual AZ ASSIST Halloween Bash for teens & young adults ages 14+!

Saturday, 11/02/19, 6 - 8:30 PM

SEEDS for Autism

3420 S 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85040


We could not pull off this event without a LOT of help! We need your donations! We are looking for sponsors! We are looking for volunteers! To help make this event a success, we are asking for the following donations to be dropped off at the event:

-soda -water -paper products: plates, napkins, silverware, 1 gallon ziplock bags
-snack packs (like cookies, crackers, chips in individual bags)
-packing tape, painter's tape, duct tape


Looking to sponsor this event? See below for more information and to register!

Scary Light Sponsor - $250
Ghoulish Game Truck Sponsor - $200
Creepy Food Sponsor - $100
Tricky Tshirt Sponsor - $25

This is our biggest event of the year for AZ ASSIST! There will be super heroes, DJ and dancing, lots of games, crafts, video game track, Ghostbusters, and so much more!


This event is for only ages 14+! Parents or caregivers are also welcome to attend and hang out in the parent area. Parents are $5 each and this fee includes a meal.

Help us spread the word about this amazing event by inviting a friend!

Chandler Pizza with the Police Event (Chandler residents only)

Saturday, 11/09/19, 2 - 4 PM

Chandler Police Department

250 E Chicago St, Chandler, AZ 85225
FREE Event, but must RSVP by  to November 5th to attend.


Join us for our monthly meetings in the East and West Valley, where Teens and Young Adults socialize, play games and hang out.
Fee for all teens and young adults is $5.00 – cash preferred. Snacks and drinks are provided. No charge for parents, caregivers, guests and professionals. 

First-timers: Please download & complete the appropriate Participant Form for each attendee and bring them to the meeting.

East Valley

3rd MONDAY of each month
Excluding July & December

Redemption Church Campus
2150 East Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282

West Valley

1st THURSDAY of each month
Excluding July & January

Peoria Community Center
8335 W. Jefferson Street
Peoria, AZ 85345

Upcoming Meetings

EAST Valley - NOVEMBER 2019

11/18/19 - 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Redemption Church Campus
2150 East Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282


 Lynn Black & Leanne Murrillo


Don’t miss this important presentation on self-advocacy for our youth and how to develop this important skill! Come and learn about self-advocacy and other important skills for our youth as they age. Come with any questions or examples you would like to share as well and join us in this important discussion!


West Valley - NOVEMBER 2019

11/07/19 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Peoria Community Center
8335 W Jefferson St
Peoria, AZ 85345


Dolores Nolan & Lee Ann Jones, Valley Metro 

Transportation Options

Come and learn what the transportation options are through Valley Metro and how to apply for and get help with transportation. Come and learn how to apply, what the requirements are, and who to talk to for help. You do not want to miss this important discussion! 
Valley Metro Website


December 5: Caring & Sharing
January: No Meeting