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My husband and I had retired in 2006 and were planning a move from Northern California to the California Central Coast to be nearer our daughter and new son-in-law, Danny. Our plans changed very quickly when our son-in-law was offered and accepted a position with the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center in Phoenix. Our daughter was born here in Phoenix while my husband was stationed at Luke Air Force Base. It had never occurred to us that we would again be living in the Valley of the Sun but here we are. As a member of Soroptimist International for over 30 years and having been involved in many and varied community service projects, I needed something to do and decided it was time for me to become involved. On Tuesdays and Thursdays my grandson, Grady and I go to SARRC together. You will find me at the front desk on those days. I have been volunteering at SARRC for two years now and have enjoyed every day. The staff and volunteers are very dedicated to SARRC and it is a pleasure to work with them. The MOST rewarding part of any day I spend at SARRC is the interaction with the children, both typical and those in the spectrum. The growth of each and every child is nothing short of amazing.
We love SARRC. We have been served by the most capable, enthusiastic and dedicated staff which which we've ever been exposed. The caliber of professionals at SARRC are without parallel. Our sons both go to the community school and we couldn't be more pleased with the program. We have seen tremendous gains in the behaviors and affect of both our children. This is truly one special organization!
Really enjoyed your community works program! Wish we could do it year-around and not have to take turns on the waiting list.
I have an autistic granddaughter that I have adopted and raised since the age of 7 months. Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center was not around when she was first diagnosed with autism. When I first started taking her to SARRC, it was amazing the things that I discovered that they were doing for the children. She quit talking when she was 15 months of age. It took almost 4 years for her to become verbal again, allbeit just one word. There came a time that SARRC began Life Skills classes with her. They teach the children to make simple meals, how to wash clothes; teach hygiene and so many other things that allow a child like mine to be able to live somewhat independently. The other thing that my child has learned is socialization. There is a monthly "Monday Night Out" at the Life Skills Building. They have dinner, interact with the staff and each other. My child loves going there. She has found it easier to interact with others that are like her. She also has mild mental retardation, so there will be other things that she will not be able to do and will have to have a guardian after I am gone. I do volunteering there and love doing it and I love the staff; they are just wonderful. I also attend the monthly Grandparent's Meeting (or get-together) that they provide. There will be great speakers at those meetings that provide a lot of help and knowledge to the grandparents, some of which are raising their autistic grandchildren such as I am doing. I just cannot say enough about the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC).
My experienced with SARRC began shortly after my beautiful son Issac was diagnosed with Autism 10 years ago. Our journey with Autism began with SARRC and it not only provided the greatest roadmap of support but also the roadmap for hope. SARRC's mission of support through the life span of those impacted by this condition, continues to evolve and grow as our kids grow. We were blessed by the impact SARRC had in our son and in our lives and seeing the positive impact it has in so many families today, makes me commit to this great organization in heart and soul. The programs developed by SARRC and its amazing staff, and more importantly the great results of such programs, are an example the power of the human spirit, channeled through science and research.
My son was diagnosed with high functioning autism. I didn't really know what that meant and was having a very difficult time understanding what autism is. My family signed up for the Jump Start program and it has been a tremendous help! I am starting to understand my son and am better able to work with him and have more patience with him. Also, I have learned how to deal with his behaviors and celebrate the progress that he is making. I am grateful to SAARC for helping me have hope and see that my son can have success. The staff have been so helpful. They are great listeners and work well with the kids. I would highly recommend SAARC to anyone facing the challenge of having a child with autism.
I was horrified to learn the challenges my son was going to have because of the diagnosis we had received. It was a nightmare. I was scared and didn't know what was coming. To educate myself I was glad to find SARRC, meeting the families and staff was the best thing that happened to my family. I met people who said they knew what I was going through because they had been there and they were going to help my family. I received practical teachings and strategies, they engaged me in real conversations about the conditions and I had heart to heart conversations with moms like me who had walked down the road that I was in. I left the building with something in my hands, a tool that I could use at home confident that I was going to make it through another day. Today, my son's progress is amazing, my confidence has grown and my life is much happier. My entire family has grown much stronger through this experience and it was all but that one phone call I made to SARRC that took us through this road.
One of my grandsons has autism and is receiving support from SARRC. They have provided training at both their facility as well as in our home. All of the staff have been knowledgeable and very caring individuals. Not only do they know the technical side of autism and what treatments are most effective, they also understand the people side and how a truly compassionate coaching environment improves learning. We are very blessed to have SARRC's support.