Sun., Oct. 27 will mark the 14th year in which SARRC will celebrate its annual walk event in partnership with Autism Speaks. Like many walkers, for Noel Salt, the event “called” to him, he says. Noel’s son has Asperger’s, and the walk was a way for him to learn more about how he could find support and comradery —not to mention something he and his son could participate in together.
Nate struggled to keep jobs for long. By the time he was introduced to SARRC’s Employment Services team, he’d had more jobs than he could count. Nate, 27, needed a job that could keep him busy all day — he hated to be bored. And at SARRC, he found people who worked to understand what he wanted out of a job and helped him build his skills.
SARRC’s Employment Services are focused on ensuring adults with autism understand their value in the workplace, are confident and capable in applying and interviewing for jobs, and have the support they need to succeed.
For Steve, going to the store with his two daughters, Sarah, 9, and Ali, 8, could be challenging. “It would be typical for them to be disruptive, and overall, I wanted them to be more receptive to listening,” he says.
By Daniel Openden
President & CEO, SARRC
Story by Arizona Horizon
PHOENIX - For most of us, finding a job can be frustrating but for someone with a disability, it goes beyond that. Employers often shy away from hiring people with disabilities, diminishing their chance at finding gainful employment. SARRC, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, has a program designed to help people with autism find work. SARRC partnered with 70 different companies committed to hiring people with autism. We look at the challenges and the benefits potential employees and employers face.
SARRC’s Family Services Specialist Janet Kirwan, RN, has always had a passion for helping families on their journeys with autism. Initially, it was her own experience as a mother of a child with autism that empowered her to get involved. Kirwan experienced success using applied behavior analysis with her son, William, so she formed an autism support group to assist other families in need. It was there that Kirwan connected with another mom seeking answers, SARRC’s Co-founder Denise Resnik.
My name is Charles Hollenden. I am on the autism spectrum and I am one of many colleagues who joined SAP via the Autism at Work program. At age 4, I was diagnosed with ADHD, and then at 18, I was officially diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. I am now 36.
Story by Taylor Kinnerup
PHOENIX — The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center — known as SARRC — is expected to expand its programs and vision beyond Maricopa County to the entire state by 2030.
This will include at least 10 resource centers throughout the state anchored by SARRC’s most effective early intervention program — the community school.
In addition to the community school, the goal is to be able to provide people throughout the state with more resources when it comes to autism.
PHOENIX — Early autism screening proves to be a success for children with developmental delays; getting intervention at an earlier age.
With the prevalence of autism in children, it is a standard given that early intervention is key. According to the Centers for Disease and Control, one in every 59 children is diagnosed with autism.
Story by Maria Hechanova
AVONDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A west Valley man is using his disability to inspire others to overcome their fears and achieve their dreams.
C.J. Hernandez, a 27-year-old barber from Avondale, was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old and used to be scared of getting a haircut.
"What got me real intimidated was the clipper, how it makes the noise, and the shears. I thought they were going to cut my eyes out," said Hernandez.