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AZ ASSIST

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!

Contact

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:
info@azassist.com
480-779-0899

Monthly Social Event for teens and young adults ages 14+

Come join us for our Virtual Game Nights! FREE!

Monday, November 9th, 6:30 – 8 PM, ONLINE FROM HOME

We will only have one game night in November & December due to the holidays. 
We will play all 3 games each time: Minecraft, Super Smash Bros, & JackBox!

Come join us as we play several games in our Discord room! We will play:
Minecraft (must own full version to play)  AND
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate (must own a Switch, the game, & an online Nintendo account).
This is fun for any age player!

Must RSVP below and we will send you the Discord room and instructions to join the event. 

Haven’t done Discord before? Click HERE to learn more about joining our Discord room.

CLICK HERE for instructions on how to join the Super Smash Brothers Arena on our Game Night.

Questions about JackBox? CLICK HERE for more information on how to play JackBox with us! JackBox is for ages 14+

AZ ASSIST Virtual Hang Out November

AZ ASSIST Virtual Hang Out (For Ages 18+)

Monday, November 30th, 6:30 – 8 PM, ONLINE FROM HOME

Come join us as we connect over Zoom and check in with each other!

This will be our last Virtual Hang Out of 2020 due to the holidays. 
Must RSVP below and then we will send you the Zoom  link to join the event. 

Be sure to tell your friends!

10th Annual AZ ASSIST Halloween Bash Logo

 

AZ ASSIST 10th Annual Virtual Halloween Bash for ages 14+! FREE!

Come and join us for our Halloween Bash Online!
 
Thursday, October 29th, 7 – 8:30 PM 

Join us for some fun including:

Virtual Games, Costume Contest, Dancing, Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest, Zoom Background Contest, Prizes, Scavenger Hunt, and more!

Please RSVP by Oct 21st

Be sure to tell your friends!

GIRL TALK: VIRTUAL HANG OUT FOR WOMEN ON THE SPECTRUM
 
Fun meet up for women on the spectrum ages 14+! Join other women on the spectrum to share challenges unique to women.
 
WHEN: Wednesday, November 11th, 6:30-8 PM
 

MEETINGS - ALL IN-PERSON MEETINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL IT IS SAFE TO MEET, BUT PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR ONLINE MEETINGS BELOW:

Monthly Online Support Group Meeting (Held 3rd Thursday of each month)
WHEN: Thursday, November 19, 6:30 – 8 PM
SPEAKER: Paul Carollo from CFSS

TOPIC: Come and learn about Navigating the Negative of the Holidays:  How to Deal with Difficult People, Difficult Moments, & Challenging Holidays.
Don’t miss it!
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP AND YOU WILL BE SENT THE ZOOM LINK

 
AUTISM PARENT MEET UP: 2ND FRIDAY ONLY THIS MONTH
 Come and chat with other parents/caregivers on the same journey! Share your laughs, struggles, triumphs, & more. No speaker, but there will be someone to lead the discussion each week. Must sign up using the link and will be emailed the Zoom link for the meeting. Join us as we take our meet ups online!
Limit of 20 people per meeting to keep these meetings small.
 
WHEN: Friday, November 13th, 9:30 – 11 AM
Meet Up Led by Rachel Lack
 
AUTISM 101 CLASS:
 FREE Class for those new to autism or new to Arizona.
 WHEN: Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30-8:30 PM
 
*Be sure to visit www.phxautism.org and click on Autism in Arizona for more information on how to access services and even watch an Autism 101 online.*
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ONLINE SUPPORT FOR  AUTISTIC ADULTS
 
ASPERGER’S/AUTISTIC ADULT SUPPORT GROUP:
HELD ON THE 2ND & 4TH SATURDAY EACH  MONTH 
Monthly support group for autistic adults ages 18+.
(Normally held at the Pyle Center in Tempe)
 
WHEN: Saturday, November 14th, 1 – 3 PM
 
WHEN: Saturday, November 28th, 1 – 3 PM
 
NORTH VALLEY YOUNG ADULT ASPERGER/ASD MEETING
 
Monthly support group for ages 17-35
(Normally held at Paradise Valley Community College)
WHEN: Saturday, November 7th, 12-1 PM
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ONLINE SUPPORT FOR KIDS 
 
ONLINE SHOW & TELL/LEGO CLUB NIGHT:
Fun for youth of ALL ages! Join us and share your artwork, pets, books, Lego creations and more!
Parents sign up & share this fun event with your youth. Just one hour.
 WHEN: Wednesday, November 18th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Led by Cynthia Cypher

Join us for our monthly meetings in the East and West Valley, where Teens and Young Adults socialize, play games and hang out. 
(WHEN IN-PERSON MEETINGS CAN RESUME AGAIN)
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
Calendar

Redemption Church Campus
2150 East Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
Directions

West Valley

1st THURSDAY of each month
Excluding July & January
Calendar

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

Upcoming Meetings

EAST Valley - IN-PERSON MEETINGS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Redemption Church Campus
2150 East Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
Directions

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

West Valley - IN-PERSON MEETINGS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Peoria Community Center
8335 W Jefferson St
Peoria, AZ 85345
Directions

UPCOMING MEETINGS: