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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+

September Social Event - Movie & Dessert for teens & young adults!

Saturday, 09/21/19, Approximately 3 - 7:30 PM

Pollack Tempe Cinemas

1825 E Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284


We do not know the movies or the times until the week before, but we are trying to see an early afternoon showing. If you RSVP for this event, we will email everyone with the movie options and what the actual time is.

This event will vary in cost depending on how much you would like to spend. Each young person is responsible for paying for their own movie and food after. The movie costs about $3.50 per person and any other snacks they would like at the theater or after when we walk across the street to Freddy’s to get food. They can be picked up from Freddy’s about 7:30PM. 

Must register by September 20th so we know who to watch out for at the theaters.

This event is for only ages 14+! Parents or therapists can attend another movie, hang out nearby, or stay close if more supervision is needed, but this event is only for the youth to enjoy and make friends!

9th Annual AZ ASSIST Halloween Bash
Saturday, November 2nd, 6 - 8:30PM at SEEDS

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


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 - AUGUST 2019

09/16/19 - 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Redemption Church Campus
2150 East Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282


 Max Ryser, Tempe’s BEST Program Director

Employment Options

Don’t miss this important presentation on the different employment options for our youth with autism. Come with any questions or examples you would like to share as well and join us in this important discussion!



West Valley - SEPTEMBER 2019

06/6/19 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Peoria Community Center
8335 W Jefferson St
Peoria, AZ 85345


James Steuben, BS, Kinesiologist, & Owner of Drivable Solutions 

Drivable Solutions

You asked. We listened. Parents have asked what the options are to help their loved ones with autism learn to drive. Do they have the skills they need? What types of training do they need? Come and learn about all of the possibilities for driving for those with autism from the owner of Drivable Solutions.


October 3: DDD Eligibility & Employment Specialists
November 7: Sara Storms
December 5:
January: No Meeting