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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+

Come join us for our Valentine's Sweetheart Dance for teens & young adults ages 14+!

Saturday, 02/15/20, 6 - 8 PM

Civitan Foundation 

12635 N 42nd St , Phoenix, AZ 85032


$15 per person

Includes catered dinner of hamburgers, french fries (sweet potato & regular), cut up fresh fruit, & a cupcake   (gluten-free option available)



Our AZ ASSIST February Social will include dancing, a DJ, catered dinner, a photo booth area, games and lots of fun! 

This event is for those on the spectrum ages 14 to young adult.  **This is not for children or parents.**

(Parents are welcome to stay or help volunteer during the event.)

Must have a Registration/Release on file to attend

(if your youth has been to an AZ ASSIST meeting, we have one on file), or bring one filled out to the event. Click HERE to download the Registration/Release form & bring it filled out.


Must register by Feb 12th as this is a catered dinner and we need a final headcount.

We look forward to seeing you at our February Social!



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 - JANUARY 2020

01/20/20 - 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Redemption Church Campus
2150 East Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282

SpeakerS: All of you!

 Come and share in the journey for our Sharing & Caring Night! Share your successes and struggles and help give input for upcoming speakers for 2020.

Don't miss it!



02/06/20 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Peoria Community Center
8335 W Jefferson St
Peoria, AZ 85345



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