Adult Autism Support Phoenix AZ

Local resource for adult autism support in Phoenix. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to information on autism or Asperger down syndrome, education for adults with autism, autism support for adults, as well as advice and content on autism services.

Autism Society of America - Greater Phoenix Chapter
(480) 940-1093
P.O Box 10543
Phoenix, AZ
Support Services
Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center
(602) 340-8717
1002 E. McDowell, Suite A
Phoenix, AZ
Support Services
Adult Support, Camps, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Research, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Cindy Schneider, M.D.
(602) 277-2273
Center for Autism Research and Education
Phoenix, AZ
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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Arizona Early Intervention Program
(602) 532-9960 or 888) 439-5609
3839 North Third Street, Suite 304
Phoenix, AZ
Support Services
Early Intervention, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Arizona Center for Disability Law-Phoenix
(800) 922-1447
3839 N. Third St., Suite 209
Phoenix, AZ
Support Services
Legal Services

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Greater Phoenix Chapter: Autism Society of America
(480) 940-1093
PO Box 10543
Phoenix, AZ
Support Services
Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Alexanders Abilities, Inc.
(480) 964-7676
1116 W. Palo Verde Dr.
Chandler, AZ
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Job Coach, Products/Stores, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP)
(602) 532-9960, ext. 113
Department of Economic Security, 801A-6
Phoenix, AZ
Support Services
Early Intervention, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Phoenix Scottish Rite Learning Center
(602) 212-1089
77 E. Columbus Avenue
Phoenix, AZ
Support Services
Therapy Providers

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Arizona Center for Disability Law
602-274-6284; (800) 927-2260
3839 N. Third St., #209,
Phoenix, AZ
Support Services
Other

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Finding The Right Home For Your Adult Child With Autism

Finding the right home for your adult child with autism

Lisa Jo Rudy

Marianne Ehlert of Protected Tomorrows works with the families of people on the autism spectrum to plan for adult living. Available options for people on the autism spectrum vary from state to state and individual to individual. Possibilities range from complete independence to institutional living. Figuring out just what a particular individual needs, where to find it, and how to fund it, can be a complex process.

Ehlert notes that it's important to begin thinking about adult living while your child with autism is still young. In part, that's because children with autism are usually eligible for special needs and transition programs through their schools, which means that your child's educational program can be crafted to support your plans for the future. It's also because the process of thinking through, planning for and creating an ideal living situation for a person on the autism spectrum may take a long time.

Step One - Envision an Ideal Setting for Your Adult Child With Autism
All parents, Ehlert says, want their children to be "safe and happy" as adults. But every parent has a different vision of what "safe and happy" might look like. That vision, she says, depends as much on the parent's experience and attitudes as on the child's abilities and preferences. Still, it's important for parents to start thinking about their own vision for their child's future before making any concrete actions.

Where would your child thrive? In a city? On a farm? On his own? With a group? At home with parents? In essence, says Ehlert, there are five general living options available:

∗ At home with family

∗ Apartment with services that come in and check on residents (make sure they are paying bills, cleaning, etc.) These are living support services, and they could be privately or publically funded.

∗ Housing unit program/roommate -- individuals live in a house or apartment building that belongs to a structured support group; caregiver makes sure everyone is OK at night, runs programs, etc.

∗ Group home (community integrated living arrangement) -- caregiver lives on site

∗ "Dorm-style," large facilities (institutional settings, very low level workshop living)

Step Two - Determine if Your Ideal Setting Exists
Once parents (or parents and their teenage children with autism) have identified an ideal living situation, the next step is to determine whether such as setting already exists or whether the family will have to create the setting. A surprising number of parents are involved with or considering involvement with the creation of a residential setting for their child with autism. Some are funding or developing supportive living situations; others are envisioning and creating work/home settings in towns, cities, and rural areas.

Often, information about adult living situations in your state or province is available thr...

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