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Arizona Autism United

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Family Services, Health, Human Services

Mission: The mission of the organization is to help as many families as possible with individualized supports. The organization's vision is that every person affected by autism is accepted and supported by society. In carrying out its mission, the organization's primary activities are to provide services and related programs for individuals with autism and their families, including habilitation, speech therapy, intensive behavioral intervention, respite care, parent training, school support, community integration, and continuing education.

Target demographics: children with autism and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 children with over 150,000 hours of direct care services

Geographic areas served: Arizona

Programs: therapeutic interventions, in-home care, parent training, and community education.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I made a donation online after reviewing the AZA United website. I received a call the same day from Paulina, AZA United’s Development Director, thanking me for my donation. Paulina was very professional and was eager to answer my questions about AZA United’s services. We talked about my son who has autism and she gave me great advice about summer care for him. I was even invited to do a site tour, which I did, and the facility was wonderful. I met the CEO, Dr. Blocher-Rubin and enjoyed listening to his vision for the future. This is a fantastic organization who genuinely cares about those they serve and the donors who make that possible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Arizona Autism United is an amazing organization that truly helps families across the valley. Each of the employees that I have interacted with have acted with professionalism and care. You can see their dedication to the mission through their works. I am proud to be a part of this organization and look forward to seeing the expansion of services across the valley!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I contribute as a donor, not just because I am an employee of AZA United but because I believe in the mission this company has & the vision for the future for the families we serve. I have seen first hand daily, the impact AZA United makes on the clients & families we serve. And really they aren't "clients" or patients at all, they are the AZA United Family. AZA United will continue to do great things for families all over the valley.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Both of my children have received autism services from AZA United. And both are now thriving, mainstreamed into their regular classrooms, fully verbal, and making friends. A big part of this has been due to AZA's excellent team of both staff and management, who have developed and implemented great programs to address autism's many different facets in individualized formats for each kid. These people care about your kids and delivering the right results for them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AZA comes from the heart and truly cares about families impacted by Autism in Arizona. The leadership and staff make decisions with the needs of families and the community in mind. I often recommend AZA to other families, because AZA is extremely knowledgeable and can help parents through all aspects of supporting a child with Autism.

I'm not only a board member but a parent of a son with Autism who has received support from AZA.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to serve on the board of this incredible organization that serves over 800 families with autism support services. AZA United has an extraordinarily dedicated staff who put the needs of families first. They are also very fortunate to have a talented leadership team. Their non-profit designation keeps them focused on serving the needs of the community and the families it serves. AZA United has helped my personal friends to navigate the complex world of autism treatment and reimbursement when they desperately needed help and didn't know where else to turn. I have witnessed AZA United's treatment benefit and enrich the lives of its patients. I have recommended AZA United to friends and I am proud of the work AZA United does.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been receiving services, resources, and support through Arizona Autism United for the past 10 years. We have 2 sons on opposite ends of the spectrum as well as 2 typical children. Since day 1, AZA has provided us with direction, support, amazing resources and home program ideas and goals. They have outstanding skill guides and provide a variety of practical and useful training opportunities. The staff is friendly, very receptive, and supportive for not only individuals with autism but their entire family. Being a client of AZA has made our journey more hopeful and successful. Our family highly recommends AZA as a service provider. They are a wonderful organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arizona Autism United has made such a big difference for my family over the years. Everyone I have ever met at AZA is deeply dedicated to this work and we couldn't be more thankful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has Autism, he has been receiving services for the past three years and I can say that AZA is the best Center that my son can be attend. The therapists and all the staff are very kind.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Not only am I a board member at Arizona Autism United (AZA United), but I am also a client. My now 10-year old son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old and has received countless hours of therapy through AZA United over the years. Not only does this organization put the child at the center of every program and intervention, but they take the entire family into account as well. Incorporating the needs of the whole family is one of the reasons I would highly recommend this organization to anyone struggling with autism.

I am currently entering into my second year as a board member. I feel honored to represent AZA in my community, helping people understand the need for and value of an organization like this. This organization changes lives and I know that my family wouldn't be where we are without it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Arizona Autism United has played a key role in our son's life, in addition to helping other Arizona families gain better access to education, information and tools to help them on what is often a very demanding and challenging journey. The support my family has received over the last 3 years has been incredible and we know our son wouldn't be where he is today without the involvement of this fantastic organization and their team of dedicated employees!

Client Served

Rating: 5

AZA United has helped us tremendously over the years. They were our life line when we first received the autism diagnoses for both of our boys, and continue to support us today. We give them our highest recommendation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AZA United has been a part of our life for 4 years now. They have helped us through every step of our autism journey. We took the Family Fundamentals course when we were waiting for services from DDD/ALTCS to begin. We participated in many trainings that were offered. My son graduated from AZA's Early Childhood Autism (ECA) program and is now doing habilitation and respite with AZA. The staff has been wonderful the entire time. The people who have been a part of our dream team have all been respectful, professional and they really care about my son and his progress. Because of AZA United, I can truly say that our family has more good days than bad. They have not only taught my son so much but they have taught our entire family how to best support my son. I feel confident in my ability to come up with solutions and goals thanks to the training and support we have received. My son loves to plays sports, especially hockey. In the beginning he wouldn't even tolerate a hat. My son is so much more independent and is thriving academically. Thank you AZA!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When our son was diagnosed with Autism, we weren't sure who to turn to. We were given a list of places that would be able to assist us in our journey. After asking other Autism moms, we decided to contact AZA United. They have been so helpful and kind every step of the way. I recommend them to anyone needing services, or even anyone who needs to be steered in the right direction. Our son has been enrolled in AZA's HAB program for serval months now, and we couldn't be happier with our decision!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When our son Ayden was first diagnosed with autism at age 15 months, my wife and I were emotionally devastated and unprepared to handle the everyday challenges of raising a child with special needs. But through Arizona Autism United, we've received so much information and training from their professional staff, seminars-workshops and parent support group(s), which helped us to better understand the challenges of his condition while finding the resources we needed to overcome them. AZA United has been an invaluable blessings to our lives.

Thanks, Aaron R-B., Paulina T., Pamela M., Anna R., Lauren B., and AZA United staff.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Arizona Autism United for over 6 years and this organization is truly unbelievable. All of its goals, visions and policies are driven by working to enhance the qualify of life and support the local families and communities affected by Autism. The organization is run by a Governing Board of Directors that is comprised of parents of the children who receive services form this organization. This non-profit is run by passionate parents and truly does what is best for the famlies it serves. They even have a scholar ship program to help families that desperately needs services, but don't have insurance coverage or can't afford them....unbelievable! I don't know of any other Autism non-profit that does this. I know that when I donate money to this organization that it will truly make a diffference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with this organization for many years. This organization is quite unique, because they are very passionate about their clients, families and their welfare. I can honestly say that they want to make a significant difference in the life of children and families with autism. They are not only a provider, but an advocate for them. They keep up to date with the knowledge, techniques and new information in the field of autism. It is a great organization !!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I like this Organization for their professionalism, kindness and very friendly services to the clients and families. During my long relationship with several different departments of AZAUnited I always had fast and necessary help I needed at the time, and the staff of this amazing Organization always was very encouraging and inspiring. I would like to say: THANK YOU! to AZAUnited for their attention and great successful charitable services provided for us in Arzona!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have used the services from AZA United for several years. I have found the organization to be very proactive in finding and training personnel to work with their special needs clients. Unlike most other organizations in the Valley, they offer free training to employees and parents, have a lot of resources available to parents and include parents in most of the decision making processes.

I have referred many new families to AZA United over the years. I have found their level of knowledge in working with kids with ASD to be exceptional in many ways. My experience has been very positive from working with their BCBA's and day to day staff. I appreciate the training opportunities and the new programs that they have initiated over the years. They have shown that they truly understand the needs of the clients and the families they serve and have been flexible enough to grow and change in the greatest areas of need.

Their job is not always the easiest one, but they continue to bring positive, new and creative ideas to address challenges and to ensure client success.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi. I just wanted to take a couple minutes to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to AZA United. I am guardian for my 27 year old son who was identified as being on the spectrum since the age of 13. The challenges have been many. After a stressful homelife, our family split and my son has recently come back to live with me. I am his sole guardian. With the help and guidance of the wonderful and professional staff at AZA, my son is improving in his quest for independence. The events and resources provided by AZA have proven invaluable. I am so pleased to be part of the AZA family. I have referred several people to Paula Tiffany and the staff to have questions answered as well as some who have opted to work for the organization. Looking forward to a bright future for AZA, and especially for my son.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The first thing that make azaunited different from other organizations is their genuineness. They truly care. And they are ready to help in any way they can. I had experience with saarc before, which uses autism for business purpose. I believe it's the genuineness that makes azaunited stand out from other organizations.

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