What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability, typically appearing during childhood and affecting a person's ability to communicate and interact with others.
1 in 63 or 1.6% of 8-year-old children in an area of Arizona were identified with ASD by Arizona Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (ADDSP).
Navigating Autism Program
We listen to you and offer customized resources including what to do after an autism diagnosis, therapy options, legal considerations, adult resources, IEP's, providers, and more.
Our new series of podcasts and videos includes conversations with experts, tip and fun activities you can do at home.
Plus, the workshops “Tips on Minimizing Screen Time” and “Recognizing the Signs of Autism.”
Parent Peer Support group meets virtually on Monday, July 26th at 7 pm. Join us and sign up here.
EmPOWER Hour bi-weekly support groups at 6 pm. You can register here to receive the Zoom link.
Join us on Tuesday, August 3rd to hear about school advocacy from David Jefferson, Founder of Parent Support Arizona.
Our Spanish session on Tuesday, August 17th will feature IEP training from Raising Special Kids.
The English Q&A session will be on Tuesday, August 31st.
Our virtual Adult Social Club will take place on Friday, August 20th at 6 pm. Email SocialClubTucson@gmail.com to RSVP.
The virtual Teen Meetups with Playformance take place on Friday, July 23rd at 5 pm. Register here to receive the Zoom link.
Virtual Social Skills classes for teens ages 12 - 15 years old are now available! Class starts on Wednesday, September Register today.
Autism: Education & Equity a Virtual Public Health Discussion recording coming soon. Check for updates here.
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Learn how your business or organization can partner with us to improve the lives of those affected by autism. Benefits include media exposure, support and training for your staff.
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Words From Our Families
Hear what our families have shared with us about their experiences.
"The sensory friendly film was amazing. The Autism Society of Southern Arizona became my family here and as a mom I felt so happy to have a place that my son was accepted and loved and never judged for what he did or did not do. I have meet so many families now, who feel the way I felt back then when I felt I had no place to go for my son. I met a mom once who cried and hugged me when they came for the first time for finally they too found what they were missing."
"It truly is an organization that trusts volunteers to help drive their mission!"
"At previous Sensory Friendly Films, I’ve attended through the Autism Society, I was able to meet with a father who also has a son with autism and connect with fellow members of the community,” Brad Jones said. Jones says Sensory Friendly Films are a comfortable environment surrounded with people who truly know what it's like to have a child or family/friend with autism. “To see the look of joy and excitement on my child's face when the movie began and how he emphatically followed that opening scene is something that I will never forget,” Jones says.
"Thanks for giving me a starting point with my son. It's been a long journey with wrong diagnoses along the way. As parents 25-30 years ago there weren’t the resources needed nor the understanding of what people were going through with this affliction. It continues to be a journey and we appreciate folks like yourself that are there to support parents and individuals through this odyssey. Kudos."
"Saguaro Aquatics Sonoran Dolphin program is a God sent. It has been one of the best things in life for my non-verbal/autistic son. We have been going there for almost 3 years. Jaidin loves going there! We love his coaches and all the staff. We have been very blessed to find this program. "
"Thanks for all your help.It's been a rather difficult route trying to navigate all of this. It's wonderful there's an organization here in Arizona dedicated to helping those of us with these symptoms. I really appreciate your help and dedication."
"Once you enter their doors, you instantly become part of a family that will always be there for you and most importantly your child. Thank you Autism Society of Southern Arizona for being a part of our family. We are so grateful for the opportunities you give to our daughter! "
Thank You to Our Sustaining and Community Partners