Resources for adults with autism
Workability/UCPSA: provides a variety of employment supports for transition age youth and adults with disabilities with the goal of competitive and integrative employment. These services include but are not limited to: Work Readiness Skills; Work-Based Learning Experiences; Career Exploration; Post-Secondary Counseling; Job Coaching and Development; Self-Advocacy Training; Peer-to-Peer Mentoring; Disability Awareness Training for Employers; and Education and Outreach to the Community.
DIRECT Center of Independence: advocates for disability rights and justice empowering individuals to achieve their self-identified independent living goals, promotes the independent living philosophy and principles of consumer control, informed choice, community integration, and dignity of risk.
RSA – Rehabilitation Services Administration provides leadership and resources to assist state and other agencies in providing vocational rehabilitation (VR) and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.
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Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD): Services for adults with developmental disabilities are delivered in the families or individual’s home as well as their community. Services are provided based on each person’s identified needs, state and/or federal guidelines and, when applicable, the availability of funds. Services are authorized and monitored by a support coordinator (case manager). The support coordinator promotes access to community resources and flexibility in meeting the person’s needs. While some services are delivered directly by the state, most services are delivered through a large network of individual and agency contracted providers.
To apply for services, you must complete this online application or call DDD.
Online application: https://ddd.azdes.gov/dddeligibilityrequest/EligibilityRequirements.cshtml
Check eligibility requirements to be accepted and make sure you have necessary/accurate documentation: https://des.az.gov/sites/default/files/10_DDD_Eligibility.pdf
AZ Assist: Whether you are a teen, young adult or parent of someone on the autism spectrum AZ Assist offers support to public services offered. Areas they can assist with: Employment, Housing, SSI/SSDI, DDD, Transportation, Vocational Training, Therapies, and Empowerment Scholarships.
Phone: 480-779-0899 (Ask for Lynne Knudson)
Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (SAAVI): Provides a comprehensive rehabilitation program for blind and visually impaired people throughout Arizona. These services include: counseling and support groups to help you with adjustment to your vision loss; home management training; access technology training; orientation and mobility training; career exploration; job readiness, placement and retention; health and wellness and adaptive sports; Diabetes management; college support; remedial education, and GED preparation and English as a Second Language.
SALT Center: The SALT Center inspires students with learning and attention challenges to succeed in higher education. Through the provision of comprehensive academic support services, the SALT Center encourages student engagement, self-awareness, and growth.
The SALT Center aspires to be the leading international model of success in higher education for students with learning and attention challenges.
UCEDD: The Sonoran UCEDD is based on the value of full participation by people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life, including the development of support services. Our programs are based on the principles of cultural respect, empowerment, and self-determination. These principles are operationalized by the inclusion of a diverse membership with regard to abilities, culture, age, geography, and experience in our programs and governance.
Project SEARCH: The Sonoran UCEDD is committed to ensuring that students and young adults with developmental disabilities have competitive employment opportunities. Working in partnership with southern Arizona employers, disability organizations, service providers, and government agencies has led to the development of an initiative to bring the model employment program Project SEARCH (link is external) to Arizona. Project SEARCH involves a community business partnership to place students and young adults with disabilities in a business to learn both work place readiness and actual job skills leading to competitive employment. Nationally the program has achieved enormous success with over 70% of Project SEARCH graduates obtaining jobs in the host or similar businesses.
Arizona Center for Disability Law: ACDL is a non-profit law firm that assists Arizonans with disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights to independence, justice, and equality.
Phone (520) 327-9547
1-800-922-1447 (Toll Free)
Southern Arizona Family Services: Southern Arizona Family Services is a care-giving agency that provides both in-home and community-based services to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. In addition, we also provide in-home services to Tucson’s elderly population.
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Behavioral Health Services (must have AHCCCS to qualify): Cenpatico Integrated Care offers whole person health care, providing both medical and behavioral services to individuals with an autism diagnosis.
Linkages: Contribute to the economy by linking employers with qualified candidates to ensure every person with a disability and veteran has an opportunity for employment.
Tips from Workability on how to support transition to youth:
- Help your child to improve self-confidence by encouraging them to be independent and participate in making choices for themselves
- Discuss interests and skills, as they relate to potential jobs with your child
- Practice professional skills (shaking hands, making eye contact, positive attitude, dressing nicely, etc)
- Share your personal work experiences (both positive and negative) with your child
- Encourage life skills that will be important to employers (timeliness, following directions, attendance, self-care, etc)
- Talk with your child about their employment goals and encourage them to research jobs they may be interested in doing
- Don’t wait until your child in 18yrs old to have a plan. Your child should be working on transition goals by 14yrs of age