Respected human resources executive, Greg Wells, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). Wells is currently vice president of human resources and employee development at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ). Greg proceeds Howard Sobelman, a prominent Phoenix attorney and partner at Snell & Wilmer, who served eight years as Board Chairman.
SARRC Receives Top Grant in Phoenix From Yelp Foundaton
We are proud to announce that SARRC has received a $5,000 grant from the Yelp Foundation as part of the Yelp Foundation Gives Local contest. We were able to receive this grant thanks to the support of our dedicated community members who went online and voted for SARRC.
Of the many nonprofits considered for recognition, only three in Phoenix were nominated to participate in the contest, which awarded a total of $10,000 to local nonprofits.
Families in the East Valley Will Gain New Non-Profit Preschool Option in 2016
Zach Zaborny is a college graduate, world traveler, fantastic speaker, and an adult on the spectrum. Since the winter of 2014, he has traveled to places like Australia, Ireland, Ohio, Florida, and Arizona to speak about his life and experiences living on the spectrum. Last Friday, Zach visited with SARRC’s Grandparents Group and shared what it was like growing up in his shoes and how he learned to become more independent and advocate for himself.
Congratulations to Dr. Daniel (Danny) Openden, SARRC President and CEO for being named one of the 2015 Most Admired Leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal. He and 24 other Valley leaders were honored at a recognition dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2015.
As Arizona families send their children off to school this month, students of the First Place Transition Academy head off to college for the first time as part of a partnership of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), First Place and GateWay Community College. The partnership allows adults with autism to attend college classes to learn independent living, interpersonal and career readiness skills. Classes began this week.
Today, SARRC gathered with officials from the City of Scottsdale and members of the public to reopen the Beneficial Beans Café-Scottsdale, located at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. It was a great morning event that featured a ribbon cutting, lots of great coffee and wonderful treats from our vendor partners such as Matt Cottle of Stuttering King Bakery and John Dalen with Essential Nourishment.
SARRC is teaming-up with the American Academy of Pediatrics Arizona Chapter (AzAAP) to encourage medical professionals to “Think Asperger’s” when treating young patients. The awareness campaign is part of SARRC’s ongoing efforts to increase screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) amongst children of all ages, including children who may slip through the cracks of early childhood developmental screening because their symptoms are less subtle.
A new screening tool for use in schools helps effectively identify school-age children with social challenges, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied School Psychology. The “Social Challenges Screening Questionnaire” (SCSQ), developed and tested by the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), may also assist in identifying autism spectrum disorder (ASD).