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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+

June Social Event - Family Pool Party!

Saturday, 06/29/19, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Hamilton Aquatic Center

3838 S Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ 85248
(Arizona Ave & Ocotillo)


This event costs $15 for a family of 6 or $4 per person. 

Register before June 20th so we know if we need to add more life guards.

This event is for all ages! Come and join the fun and meet other families in the valley!


Enjoy your month off!


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 - JUNE 2019

06/17/19 - 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Redemption Church Campus
2150 East Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282


Cynthia Macluskie, BE SAFE Program Director for the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix

BE SAFE Interactive Screening (This will NOT be a regular meeting and there is no charge to attend)

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 40+ BE SAFE Interactive Screenings 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.

At this AZ ASSIST Meeting, the parents and their youth and law enforcement will all meet together, we will not be in separate rooms, and there is no charge for this meeting. Invite a friend so they can learn this life saving information too!

Please register for this FREE event below by June 10th


West Valley - JUNE 2019

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

Peoria Community Center
8335 W Jefferson St
Peoria, AZ 85345


Betty Schoen, Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation 101

Don’t miss this the opportunity to hear from Betty Schoen on all of the services that Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides. Come and learn how to apply, what services they provide and more! Come with you questions on VR and she will do her best to answer them! 


July: No Meeting