On Sunday, October 23, more than 20,000 people from across the state gathered at Tempe Beach Park in support of the Autism Speaks Walk in Partnership with SARRC. The annual event raised an estimated $875,000 that will go toward supporting autism programs and research. Half of all monies raised during the walk will stay in Arizona. It is the state’s largest annual autism awareness event.
When experts talk about autism, they note that early diagnosis and intervention can often make a world of difference. This is true for Chandler family Jenn, George and their 5-year-old son Derek who was diagnosed with autism at 16 months.
More than 1,000 business leaders attending the recent Economic Outlook event hosted by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce voted on their phones at Cox7.com and selected SARRC from among 20 local nonprofit organizations to receive a $10,000 grant. Established in 1997, SARRC is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education, evidence based treatment and community outreach.
Like most four years olds, John Michael of Bagdad, Arizona is a “giant bundle of energy,” according to his mom, Jennifer, a special education teacher.
“He [John Michael] is outgoing, adventurous, loves the outdoors, and has a particular love of sprinklers and anything that spins,” Jennifer said. “He hasn't met a grasshopper he couldn't catch and can name virtually every native Arizona cactus he comes across.”
John Donvan and Caren Zucker, highly acclaimed journalists from ABC’s Nightline, recently released their now New York Times best-selling book, “In A Different Key-The Story of Autism,” which documents the history of autism dating back to the very first person ever diagnosed. As part of their book tour, Donvan and Zucker visited Phoenix, Arizona and highlighted a passage from the epilogue of their book, which refers to the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (S
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).
By: Amy Kenzer, BCBA-D, Director of Clinical Services, SARRC
World reknowned autism expert, Peter Gerhardt, Ed. D, spoke to more than a hundred autism providers and individuals and families impacted by autism on Friday at SARRC in Phoenix during a workshop titled, "Bridges to Adulthood: Sexuality and Relationships. His overall message of the session: "All sexual behavior is social behavior."
Dr. Gerhardt informed the audience that when it comes to sexuality and autism, there is very little research, but what research we do have tells us two things:
Approximately 1,400 business and community leaders, individuals impacted by autism, and SARRC supporters attended the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s (SARRC) 17th Annual Community Breakfast on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.