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).
Una nueva herramienta de evaluación para ser usada en las escuelas ayuda a identificar efectivamente a niños en edad escolar con dificultades sociales, acorde a un nuevo estudio publicado en el Diario de Investigación de Psicología Escolar (Journal of Applied School Psychology). El “Cuestionario de Evaluación de Dificultades Sociales” (Social Challenges Screening Questionnaire” - SCSQ) –– desarrollado y probado en el Centro de Autismo SARRC (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center), puede también asistir a identificar Trastorno del Espectro Autista (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.
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center would like to give a green thumbs-up to the Boys Team Charity – Camelback League for preparing and planting the gardens for First Place Phoenix, a new housing endeavor for young adults who have autism.
Brad Herron, a program coordinator for SARRC, said Michelle Himmelberg led over 20 volunteers from Boys Team Charity (BTC) to ensure the garden at the site, 29 Palms, was properly completed. Teens and parents built wooden frames for the raised beds and prepped the soil over the course of two weekends.