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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+

March Social Event

Saturday, 03/16/19, 3 - 5 PM

Games U

1550 N Stonehenge Dr #102
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Directions

This event is FREE and is for ages 14+, this event is NOT for children. There will be games, snacks, friends and fun! Come and play games and enjoy making friends!

Register before March 15th so we know how much food to buy.

Parents are welcome to drop off their youth and head out for a couple of hours!




SAVE THE DATE

April Social Event:
April is Bowling!

Meetings

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
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 - March 2019

03/18/19 - 7:00PM - 9:00PM

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

Speaker

Margaret Corcoran & Edd Schommer, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) 

DDD Employment & Eligibility

This presentation will focus on all of the employment opportunities that DDD offers as well as discuss DDD eligibility requirements for teens through adulthood. 

Come with your questions and they will do their best to answer them.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

April: Josh Thompson, Mosaic
May: Brittaney Chipley, ABLE Accounts
June: BE SAFE Interactive Screening

West Valley - MARCH 2019

03/07/19 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

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

Speaker

Cynthia Macluskie, BE SAFE INTERACTIVE SCREENING

BE SAFE Interactive Screening

Don’t miss this community event for teens and adults with ASD and related disabilities (along with their parents, caregivers, teachers, therapists and staff). We will view scenes from BE SAFE The Movie, the exciting new video modeling tool that shows what to do and say in different types of police encounters. Local police will be on hand to  participate in safety activities with the audience as well as answer any questions participants may have. The messages of safety, boundaries, and following instructions in this presentation are relevant to every teen and adult, and can even be life-saving. 
 
We have done 30+ trainings with huge positive feedback from parents and law enforcement. One mom called it life changing in a positive way! Let’s not be afraid, but create positive change. 
 
 Please RSVP HERE for this FREE event by March 5th
 

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

April: Dolores Nolan - Valley Metro
May: Cynthia Macluskie - Dually eligible: Medicare & Medicaid
June: Betty Schoen - Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)