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.
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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."
"The autism diagnosis 2 years ago was the beginning of a beautiful, challenging, heart-opening journey that I’ve been blessed with. I’ve met people whose jobs it is to maximize my son’s potential so he can succeed in this world. I am blessed to experience life through my child’s eyes and The Autism Society of Southern Arizona has held our hand through this journey and our lives have changed because of it."
"I am a newer board member to the Autism Society and I am truly impressed by how much they do with only 1 staff person who is part-time. It truly is an organization that trusts volunteers to help drive their mission!"
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