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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+

May Social Event

Saturday, 05/18/19, 1:00 - 3:30 PM

Arizona Science Center

600 E Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Directions

This event costs $15 and is for ages 14+, this event is NOT for children. The price the Mummies of the World Exhibit as well as the rest of the Arizona Science Center! Come and explore and enjoy making friends!

Register before May 11th so we know how many youth spots to reserve. No late comers will be accepted.

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




SAVE THE DATE

June Social Event:
Pool Party at Hamilton!

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 - April 2019

05/20/19 - 7:00PM - 9:00PM

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

Speaker

Dr. Blair Braden, ASU  Autism and Brain Aging Laboratory Director

Adults with Autism and Aging Studies & Mindfulness

This presentation will focus on all of the research Dr. Blair Braden has done over the past few years on autism and aging. Also learn about a new study on anxiety and mindfulness over the summer! 

We will also do a discussion group with the parents on a variety of topics including who you used for guardianship, tips on SSI, housing, and more! Come and share and learn from each other! 

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

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

West Valley - APRIL 2019

05/2/19 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

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

Speaker

Cynthia Macluskie, Cynthia Macluskie Insurance Solutions

Insurance Information

Don’t miss this the opportunity to hear from Cynthia Macluskie, long-time parent advocate in the system and insurance expert. Come with you quetions on Medicare and Medicaid as you explore how to qualify for both! 
 

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

June: Betty Schoen - Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
July: No Meeting