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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.

Activities

All Stars Club
The All-Stars Club provides a place of belonging centered on fun, friends and faith for friends with developmental disabilities, all while parents and caregivers are given the opportunity for respite.
Address: 2950 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224
Phone: (904) 293-9886
Email: crnaz@allstarsclub.org
www.allstarsclub.org/crnaz

Kids with Autism Can
Helping children and young adults with Autism through socialization, therapy, and education.
www.kidswithautismcan.org

Pal Experiences
Dedicated to making places more inclusive and accessible for guests with developmental disabilities. Pal’s digital tools empower those who think differently to go out and explore their communities.
www.palexperiences.org

Sky Kids
Sky Kids offers to children with special needs an opportunity to fly in a general aviation aircraft with an expert pilot along with a parent or friend to experience the wonders and enjoyment of flight. The children will gain confidence and self esteem by being “in command” of these amazing machines.
http://skykidsaz.org

WHAM Art Center
Our goal is to provide accessible education, training and experiences in the arts for children and adults, particularly those with special needs.
Address: 16560 N Dysart Road, Surprise, AZ 85378
Phone: (623) 584-8311
www.wham-art.org/classes

Wings for Autism by The Arc of Arizona
A yearly event, typically held in the fall. Wings for Autism is an event designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism experience when traveling by air. The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security, and boarding a plane. Wings for Autism also gives airport, airline, and Transportation Security Administration professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment. This experience is equally useful for families that have a member with other intellectual or developmental disabilities that are concerned about the ability of their family member to travel.
https://arcarizona.org/what-we-do/wings-for-autism

Swim Lessons

AquaSafe Swim School
Swim lessons
www.aquasafeswim.com

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools
Swim lessons for all ages and abilities. Offer S.N.A.P (Special Needs Aquatic Program).
https://www.aqua-tots.com/

Arizona Infant Swim
Swim lessons for 0 – 6 years.
www.arizonainfantswim.com

 

Hubbard Family Swim School
Swim lessons for kids ages 2 months to 11 years
www.hubbardswim.com
Locations: Phoenix, Peoria, Mesa, Goodyear

Kidtastics
Swim lessons for children with autism. Uses visual supports (iPads, photos, schedules, peg boards, timers) for communication during swim lessons.
https://www.kidtastics.com

Safe Splash Swim School
Swim lessons for all ages and all abilities.
https://www.safesplash.com/
Locations : Gilbert, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler

Sunsational Swim School
Swim lessons for all ages and all abilities. www.sunsationalswimschool.com

Sports & Fitness

Ability 360
Sports and fitness center and recreation opportunities
Address: 5025 E Washington Street, Suite #200
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: (602) 256-2245   
www.ability360.org

ABLE FIT
At ABLE FIT, our goal is to provide differently-abled individuals access to weightlifting by meeting each participant at their current level.  With highly specialized, experienced and patient coaches, ABLE FIT participants excel physically, mentally and socially in all aspects of their lives.
Phone: (480) 779-6126
Website: www.ablefitphx.com

ACEing Autism
ACEing Autism is on a mission for children with autism to grow, develop, and benefit from social connections and fitness through affordable tennis programming.
Phone: (310) 401-0544
www.aceingautism.org

Arizona Disabled Sports
Address: 59 E Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (480) 644-4948
www.arizonadisabledsports.com

AZ Topsoccer Program
Address: 11029 N 24th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029
Phone: (602) 433-9202
www.azyouthsoccer.org

High Country Adaptive Sports
Recreational activities for all people of all abilities. HCAS believes in the power and benefits of outdoor recreation and is creating a community where everyone has equal access to enjoy the best Northern Arizona has to offer!
Phone: (928) 525-4084
https://highcountryadaptive.org

Inspire Social & Fitness
Inspire Services provides a social and fitness outlet for individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities in the form of fun activities & events geared towards enhancing social skills and overall health & wellness.
Phone: (480) 468-6320
https://inspireservicesaz.com

Kenzies Kids Mobile Gym
We focus on working with individuals with unique and or special needs. We cater to all physical, mental, and emotional ability levels. We are fitness for all!
Serving Gilbert and surrounding areas. 
Email: kenzieskids22@gmail.com
www.Kenzieskids.com

 

 

Kinectability Athletics
KA Athletics focuses on the health and wellness development of individuals with disABILITIES. Our goal is to empower them and to allow them to build fitness abilities that will last them a life time.
www.kinectabilityathletics.com

Mikey’s League
Flag Football, Basketball, Hockey and Soccer
Phone: (480) 233-9370
www.mikeysleague.org

Miracle League of Arizona
Offers a safe and successful baseball experience for children, teens and adults with disabilities or special health care needs. Our players can start at the age of five and participate well into adulthood.
Address: 11130 East Cholla Street
Scottsdale, AZ, 85259
Phone: (480) 686-8137
https://miracleleagueaz.com

Raise The Roof For Autism
Life Learning Adventures combines the structure of disciplined learning with the exciting world of active travel. We replace electronic stimulation with challenging new life experiences and the thrill of new and exciting destinations around the US and abroad. We expand participants’ horizons beyond a flat screen with guided, tangible, and memorable real-life experiences. Through planned challenges and physical activity, our teaching adventures create higher-order thinking and executive functioning skills. 
Phone: 800-295-WALK (9255)

www.raisetheroofforautism.com

Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports
We are driven by a single goal; to create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to engage in recreational and competitive sports.
Phone:
(520) 370-0588
www.soazadaptivesports.org

Special Olympics Arizona
Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability.
Phone: (602) 320-1200
www.SpecialOlympicsArizona.org

Special Strong West Valley
Adaptive & Inclusive fitness training for individuals with mental and physical challenges.
Phone: (833) 543-3496
www.specialstrong.com/west-valley-az

City Programs - Adaptive Recreation

Chandler
Phone: (480) 782-2000
The City’s Therapeutic Recreation program offers the most innovative play experiences truly inclusive for all. They are committed to providing life-enhancing recreation opportunities that welcome children and their families of all abilities. Each season a variety of activities and events that encourage participants to engage in activities that promote socialization, skill development, and physical activity are offered. From arts and crafts to cooking to social outings there’s always fun for everyone.
Visit website here

Goodyear
Phone: (623) 882-7548 
The Goodyear Parks and Recreation Department offers programs for people of all ability levels. Under the ADA, Adaptive Services provides comprehensive programs & services that meet the expressed needs of our citizens with disabilities, so as to enhance quality of life and promote inclusive community participation. Our programs are both inclusion based and population specific and are geared for persons with varying ability levels of all ages.
Visit website here

Mesa
Phone: (480) 644-7529
The City of Mesa Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities offers a wide variety of activities including weekly sports and recreation programs, special interest classes, social activities, and summer camp. Our mission is to “Let no one sit on the sidelines.”
Visit website here

Peoria
Phone: (623) 773-7436
The City of Peoria offers a wide range of activities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families / caregivers. From after-school programs to dances and parties to workshops for parents and the award-winning Special Olympics program.
Visit website here

Tempe
Phone: (480) 858-2469
The City of Tempe strives to create many opportunities for families and their loved ones to enrich the lives of people with intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The City has an after school program (LEAP), summer program, Special Olympics, socials and much more.
LEAP Information and Registration
Visit website here

Scottsdale
Phone: (480) 312-2234
Adaptive Services provides comprehensive programs & services that meet the expressed needs of our citizens with disabilities, so as to enhance quality of life and promote inclusive community participation.
Visit website here

Surprise
Phone: (623) 222-2284
The Surprise Parks and Recreation Department offers programs for people of all ability levels.
Visit website here

Sensory Friendly Activities

Click on the names below to be directed to more information

AMC Sensory Friendly Films: AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

Chuck E. Cheese: Sensory Sundays at participating locations, held the first Sunday of each month from 9:00am – 11:00am. Call your location nearest you, as their website does not list all participating locations. 

Harkins Theatres: Harkins Theatres has introduced Sensory Friendly Screenings. One Saturday each month at 2:00PM, select Harkins locations will present a family friendly film in an auditorium dedicated to persons with autism and guests who prefer a more Sensory Friendly environment. Sensory Friendly Screenings include brightened light levels, reduced sound volume and room for guest interaction. Outside snacks are also permitted to the showings.

Jordan’s Corner: Arizona’s first indoor play space intentionally designed to encourage multiple types of open-ended, inclusive play for children ages six and younger.

Krazy Air Trampoline Park in Mesa: Offers Sensory Sunday on Sundays from 9:00am – 10:00am. Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory Sunday provides a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.

Pollack Tempe Cinemas: Recently began offering sensory friendly films. See website or their social media for more details. 

Sky Zone Trampoline Parks: Sensory hours: Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.

Urban Air Adventure Parks: Offers events specifically designed for children with Autism and special needs to enjoy time at the park without loud music, flashing lights- and to have a lot of fun! See calendar for timing and details.

Attractions outside of Arizona

Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, TX: On April 10, 2010, Morgan’s Wonderland became the world’s first theme park designed with individuals with special needs in mind.

Sesame Place in San Diego, CA: There’s an exciting new place where the imagination of Sesame Street comes to life. Meet all your favorite furry friends. Whirl and twirl on family-friendly rides.