On May 9, five graduates celebrated the culmination from the First Place Transition Academy operated by SARRC program. GateWay Community College (GWCC) honored the 2019 graduates at its commencement ceremony, marking the end of the two-year intensive and comprehensive community-based program in partnership with First Place AZ.
When Arlo was 18-months-old, his parents, John and Jenna, noticed subtle sensory issues and a lack of speech development.
They asked their pediatrician if the characteristics and behaviors Arlo was exhibiting could be possible signs of autism. The pediatrician reassured them that nothing was amiss and said, “Boys develop later.”
By 2, Arlo still was not speaking.
A friend told Jenna that SARRC was conducting an early intervention study with pediatricians in the Valley, which included a pediatrician that had been recommended to them.
Check out the amazing fundraisers and events you can take part in to raise awareness and funds for the autism programs, services and research at SARRC. Thank you to each of our partners for being such huge supporters of SARRC during April’s Autism Awareness Month!
“I want my own apartment, I want to move out!” My sister has started hundreds of phone calls with this sentiment.
At 34 years old, my sister still requires some supervision when brushing her teeth. As a behavior analyst and a sister to someone on the spectrum who has a strong desire to be independent, it is on the list of things that she still needs to learn to do.
“I wish I had someone like you to guide me and push me to promote independence earlier on,” my mom will tell me.
Sam, 23, thought he was going to be a teacher. His mom was a teacher, and so that was familiar to him. In fact, he even worked at her school, helping at the childcare and aftercare facility.
Then one day, Sam’s parents were looking at programs offered through (SARRC and found a summer Tech Camp program offered at University of Advancing Technology (UAT). SARRC partners with a variety of camps to support inclusive programs for campers of all ages, including this weeklong, on-campus program.
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is pleased to announce a $75,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities to expand one of the organization’s key programs: SARRC’s Community School.
The Community School's first campus opened is 2005, and serves as an inclusive preschool where children with autism learn alongside their typically developing peers. SARRC currently has two campuses in Phoenix and Tempe, and are home to a total of seven classrooms and approximately 115 students.
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Directors: Chadwick Campbell and Jamie Price.
SARRC’s Board of Directors are an integral part of the organization’s overall success and are comprised of community and business leaders who are deeply engaged in supporting individuals with autism and their families as well as driving growth for the organization.
At age 58, Michael came to SARRC unemployed. Self-sufficient and hardworking, SARRC helped Michael secure a job where he recently celebrated his one-year anniversary. According to his supervisor, Michael is one of the company’s most reliable and dedicated employees. Every day, Michael independently rides the bus to his job and has proudly achieved his goal of gaining meaningful, competitive employment.
Eleni was diagnosed with autism at 19 months and has utilized SARRC’s services ever since. From in-home therapy to ongoing support at Sunnyslope High School, SARRC has continued to customize its involvement. A thoughtful young lady and talented runner, Eleni recently achieved one of her high school goals: lettering in cross-country.
Tony, a cute, curious and energetic boy with a smile that breaks hearts, was diagnosed at 20 months. Ever since he enrolled in SARRC’s Community School, an inclusive preschool, Tony has overcome significant language barriers. Now a thriving three-year-old, he has gained 21 months in his language development in just 16 months at the Community School. Our evidence-based approach, individualized treatment plans, caring team members and supportive community have helped thousands of children, teens and adults achieve their goals. Help us achieve ours by making a gift today.