Building a strong network of inclusive summer camps aligns with SARRC’s mission and commitment to inclusive practices. For five years and growing, a small, but robust SARRC team has been collaborating with camps in Arizona to provide inclusive summer camp opportunities for youth.
The Fourth of July can be a weekend filled with excitement and fun activities for the whole family. Strategizing a plan can be key as you prepare for your weekend activities. Check out these tips from our team to your family as you plan for the upcoming holiday!
Eric is your typical teenager. His feet kick in some pretty rad shoes, he’s got an endless list of stories about good times with his friends, and he’s looking forward to school being out for the summer.
There are also some amazing things that set Eric apart. He’s captivated an audience on stage for both school and community theater programs, often singing under a pretty bright spotlight. He’s also first chair viola for his school’s orchestra.
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its board of directors, each of whom bring a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the organization.
“I am excited to welcome Amanda Aguirre, Monica Coury and Ken McElroy to our board,” says SARRC President and CEO Daniel Openden. “Each of them have a passionate commitment to our mission and the desire to help shape an ambitious future for SARRC.”
By Mathilde Rispoli
I remember the first time I walked into SARRC. I was in the reception area, waiting with my leg bouncing up and down. I was nervously thinking about what my first volunteer session as a peer mentor in the CommunityWorks® program would be like. My only experience with autism was through stories my mom had told me about her time as a teacher in a self-contained classroom.
Samantha from Phoenix and her son Connor, age 4, are relatively new to their autism diagnosis.
Samantha says that their journey began in late 2015 when Connor and herself were visiting her sister in Tucson and watching him interact with other kids. When the visit was over, she and her sister talked about their concerns about his behavior and she began to watch Connor more closely, eventually seeking medical advice.
On May 12, the inaugural First Place Transition Academy, operated by SARRC graduating class walked the stage during the GateWay Community College (GWCC) commencement ceremony, marking the end of a two-year program and a step closer to living an independent life.
The ceremony included Academy students, who received a certificate in Independent Living, and more than 200 GWCC graduates.
Academy graduate Jake Boettcher is looking forward to getting his own apartment and living independently.
For Tempe residents, Whitney and Chad Wilkinson, finding the perfect preschool for their 3-year-old daughter, Charlie, was important. A school that not only emphasized academics, but social readiness as well. Through Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s (SARRC) Community School, Charlie is getting a head start on all of those lessons.
When Whitney and Chad learned of SARRC’s Community School through a relative, they were interested in learning more about the school’s inclusive model.
It was 1997. Packed inside a ballroom of the Phoenix Country Club were families and individuals who were there to learn more about autism and Phoenix’s newest nonprofit. Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center— then the Southwest Autism Research Center—was holding its inaugural Community Breakfast event, marking the organization’s first fundraiser. This was an opportunity to share SARRC’s mission of supporting individuals with autism and their families.