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* This listing should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation either by the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix or its Board of Directors. It is merely a collection of individuals/entities/resources that have been deemed helpful or recommended by consumers. Please notify us if any information needs to be updated.

Arizona Centers for Independent Living

Ability 360
Services: A Center for Independent Living, run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. Assistance with home care services, sports and fitness, advocacy, employment, home modification, life transitions
Locations in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Coolidge and Tucson
Main office phone: (602) 256-2245
Website: www.ability360.org

Assist To Independence
Services:  We provide appropriate services such as peer mentoring, information and referral, advocacy, and independent living skills to enhance the quality of independent living in a culturally appropriate manner.
Address: 4133 East Cedar Ave, Tuba City, 86045
Phone: (928) 283-6261
Website: https://assistti.org

Direct Advocacy and Resource Center
Services: Direct is run by and for people with disabilities. We are part of a national network of Centers for Independent Living that supports individuals in pursuing their goals and advocates for disability rights and justice.
Address: 1001 North Alvernon Way  Tucson 85711
Phone: (520) 624-6452
Website: www.directaz.org

New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center
Services: Empowering people with disabilities to participate as equals. New Horizons offers a variety of monthly and special events.
Address: 9400 E Valley Road,  Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Phone: (928) 772-1266
Website: www.nhdec.org

Services Maximizing Independent Living and Empowerment (SMILE)
Services: Empowering Individuals With Disabilities to Maximize Independence!
Address: 1929 South Arizona Avenue Suite #11 Yuma, AZ 85364
Parker Area: (928) 575-6671
Yuma Area: (928) 329-6681
Toll Free: (855) 209-8363
Website: https://smile-az.org

Arizona Resources

Arizona@Work
Services: A statewide workforce development network that helps employers of all sizes and types recruit, develop and retain the best employees for their needs. For job seekers throughout the state, we provide services and resources to pursue employment opportunities.
Website: https://arizonaatwork.com
Contact Tim Stump, tstump@azdes.gov

Arizona Developmental Services
Services: A Non Profit day treatment program designed to help adults with cognitive disabilities. Staff work with members to reach goals in life skills and job skills before transitioning to our employment program, ADS Subs and Salads. In this program members utilize their skills to prep, package and deliver lunches to the community. ADS is looking to grow this program in order to provide employment opportunities for as many young adults with disabilities as possible.
Website: https://azdevservices.org

ASPE – Association of People Supporting Employment First
Services: The only national membership organization focused exclusively on Employment First to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community.
Website: https://apse.org/chapter/arizona-apse

Beacon Group
Services: Beacon Group has been a leader in providing real jobs and employment-related services to people with disabilities in Arizona, serving over 2,000 people with disabilities each year. Beacon provides job training and placement, supported and center based employment, and day treatment programs to assist the two-thirds of working-age people with disabilities who do not have a job.
Website: https://beacongroup.org

Benevilla: Helping Partners Program
Services: Group Supported Employment. This special program provides members with employment skills training and opportunities. Many GSE workers are able to obtain special training and certifications, such as a food handlers card, work in real-life job opportunities and earn a paycheck. 
Address: 14601 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ 85351
Website: https://benevilla.org/helping-partners

A New Leaf : BankWork$ Career Training Program
Services: BankWork$ is an entirely free program that prepares participants for a meaningful career in the financial services sector. All classes are offered for free through scholarships generously sponsored by program partners. This eight-week, intensive jobs-training program covers essential skills needed to succeed in the financial services industry, including: business etiquette, banking regulations, handling cash, and preparing for the interview.
Website: https://www.turnanewleaf.org/services/financial-empowerment/bankworks

Pathway to Work
Services: Prepares adults with developmental disabilities for sustainable, integrated work opportunities through the provision of individualized support, training, and resources. 
Address: 1445 East Guadalupe Road, Tempe, Arizona 85283
Phone: (480) 307-6295
Website: https://azpathwaytowork.org/home

Riseability
Services: Riseability has assisted individuals within the community since 2001. Specifically, clients with catastrophic injuries involving brain and spinal cord injury or dual diagnoses. We assist clients by helping them identify their strengths and obtainable goals and guide them toward a path of independence, self-advocacy, and secure employment.
Address: 2633 East Indian School Road, Suite 310, Phoenix, AZ
Phone: (480) 359-5163
Website: https://sites.google.com/riseability.org/riseability

SEEDs For Autism
Services: Vocational training programs
Phone: (602) 253-4471
Email: info@seedsforautism.org
Website: www.seedsforautism.org
Address: 3420 South 7th Street,   Phoenix, AZ 85040

Skill Up AZ
Brining together representatives from industry, community colleges, secondary education, the public workforce system, and the State’s workforce development division to provide a comprehensive apprenticeship program in the area of precision manufacturing. 
Website: www.skillupaz.org

STARS (Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services)
Services provided: ABA Therapy, Day Programs, Youth/Transition Programs, Center-Based Employment, Group Supported Employment, Individual Supported Employment
Phone: (480) 994-5704
Website: https://www.starsaz.org
Address: 11130 East Cholla Street, Suite H-110, Scottsdale AZ 85251

National Resources

Hire Autism
A free program led and run by the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). With an active jobs board and by offering resources for employers and job seekers alike, Hire Autism aims to expand opportunities for autistic individuals and serve as a continuing resource for them in their workplaces.
Website: www.hireautism.org

SourceAbled
Services: job search assistance: help locate a job, work with employers to build support
Website: https://jobs.sourceabled.com

Specialisterne
Services: We support employers to tap into the talents of a neurodiverse workforce and to build inclusive organizations. Looking for job opportunities? Specialisterne works with businesses to tap into the talents of autistic or neurodivergent job seekers. No matter where you are in your job search, we’d like to get to know you.
Website: https://us.specialisterne.com

 

Wells Fargo Neurodiversity Program
Facilitates a more considerate, accommodating, skills-based hiring model that is accessible by design. Creating meaningful employment opportunities for a deeply underserved community through accessible and modernized sourcing and selection processes. Delivering employee programs to enrich the lives and experiences of our employees by creating strong support structures that foster well-being, equity and inclusion.
Learn more here. 

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Do the employers that you work with know that they may qualify for a benefit of 40% of up to $6,000 of wages paid if they qualify and hire certain people with disabilities and or veterans?  Take a look at the short videos below and read the brochures to help you share the information with them.  This could help them make a great hire and get paid for putting your job seeker to work!