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Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center

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Causes: Autism, Autism Research, Disabilities, Education, Educational Services, Health, Medical Research

Mission: Established in 1997, the mission of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) is to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.

Results: In 2013, SARRC provided more than 1,500 individualized services and research for children, teens, and adults with ASD; served nearly 3,000 parents, family members, typical peers, and community members; and trained more than 3,500 educational and medical professionals.

Target demographics: advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2013, SARRC provided more than 1,500 individualized services and research for children, teens, and adults with ASD; served nearly 3,000 parents, family members, typical peers, and community members; and trained more than 3,500 educational and medical professionals.

Geographic areas served: Arizona

Programs: SARRC provides programs that address the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) of all ages by offering an early intervention program for newly diagnosed children up to six years of age; a four-classroom inclusive preschool for children from 18 months to five years of age; K-12 school consultation services, and school-based inclusion programs to promote peer understanding and acceptance of those with differences; home-based programs; remote telemedicine and parent training for military families and those in rural communities with limited services; community-based life skills and vocational experiences for teens (ages 13-18); and employment services, life skills training, and educational opportunities for adults.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.