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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 2 Virtual Game Nights for teens & young adults ages 14+! FREE!

Thursday, May 7th, 6:30 – 8 PM, ONLINE FROM HOME

Come join us as we play JackBox online together through Zoom!
Must RSVP below and then we will send you the Zoom  link to join the event.
Be sure to tell your friends!

Thursday, May 14th, 6:30 – 8 PM, ONLINE FROM HOME
Come join us as we play several games in our Discord room! We will play:
Minecraft (must own full version to play) *We will have a room for ages 9-13 & ages 14+*
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate (must own a Switch, the game, & an online Nintendo account)
Plus a few free computer games as well!

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

AZ ASSIST Virtual Hang Out May

 

Join our AZ ASSIST Virtual Hang Out for ages 18+!

Come and hang out with your AZ ASSIST friends ages 18+ on Zoom. Share what you have been up to and check in with those hanging at home too!

Be sure to tell your friends!

Thursday, May 28th, 6:30 – 8 PM, ONLINE FROM HOME

 

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

Monthly Online Support Group Meeting (Held 3rd Thursday of each month)
WHEN:  Thursday, May 21st, 6:30 – 8 PM
SPEAKERS: Hope Kirsch & Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, Special Education Lawyers
TOPIC: Learn Your IEP Rights even in a Crisis
 
 
E.V.A.N. Meeting led by Holly Reycraft & Katie Wride (Held 4th Tuesday of each month)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 26th, 6:30 – 8 PM
SPEAKERS: Several speakers from a variety of agencies
TOPIC:  Come and learn what summer programs, supports, and therapies are being offered at this time

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: