JANUARY 2018 | ISSUE 125
Thank you to the Abbett Family Foundation!

Arizona Autism United would like to extend our greatest appreciation to the Abbett Family Foundation for their generous donation of $200,000! This is the largest contribution that AZA United has ever received. These funds will be used to initiate our expansion plans and will help us further our mission of helping as many families as possible with individualized supports! 
You Can Still Claim Your Tax Credit for 2017

If you make a donation to AZA United before April 15, 2018, you can still claim your tax credit for 2017.

When you give to AZA United, you provide direct support to kids and families affected by autism. Through the   Arizona Charitable Organization Tax Credit, you can receive a 100% refund for the donation you make to AZA United when you file your taxes. The Charitable Organization Tax Credit CAN be combined with other tax credits, such as the private and public/charter school tax credits.  
Arizona donors will receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit up to $400 for individuals and $800 for married couples. Donations to AZA United are also tax-deductible on your federal tax returns.
To donate, please visit AZAunited.org/donate or call 602-773-5773. Thank you! 

Dr. Aaron Blocher-Rubin Named 2017 Piper Fellow

Last month, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust announced that AZA United's founder and CEO, Dr. Aaron Blocher-Rubin, has been selected as a member of the 2017 class of Piper Fellows. The Piper Fellows program acknowledges the never-ceasing demands of nonprofit leadership and as such, offers opportunities for Maricopa County nonprofit leaders to reach, retool, and revitalize through a Piper Fellowship. Fellows receive support to explore educational and professional programs and visit model program sites and leaders across the nation. Each recipient's fellowship experience is unique and designed by the fellow. While fellows complete their fellowships in 2018, they remain part of the larger and enduring Piper Fellows community-now totaling 72 fellows.

Dr. Aaron Blocher-Rubin's fellowship will focus on visiting some of the best autism organizations in the world, including the oldest and largest autism charity (the National Autistic Society in London) and a series of organizations serving individuals with autism throughout California and New England. He will also complete an executive education program at Stanford University and attend an innovation conference in New York City. His goal is to discover new models of excellence for helping people with autism of all ages and levels, as AZA United prepares for a major valley-wide expansion project.

Meet our Newest Management Team Member!

We are very pleased to welcome Shannon Scheidt to our team as the organization's Human Resources Director!

Shannon has over 20 years of professional human resources experience, working for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She chose to pursue a career in human resources after completing an internship her senior year at Colorado State University, where she received her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Helping others succeed is a passion, and she found she enjoyed combining her understanding of human behavior and love of people with the tactical and strategic skills needed to run a business. Shannon has extensive experience managing all areas of the employment lifecycle, including recruitment, benefits, compensation, employee relations, legal compliance, employee engagement, organizational design and strategic workforce planning. In addition to her bachelor's degree, Shannon holds a Master's degree in Human Resource Management, and a Senior Professional HR Certification from the Society of HR Management.

Welcome to the AZA United family Shannon!
Online Blog - Changes to ECA

The Early Childhood Autism Specialized Habilitation (ECA) program has recently undergone some changes that families need to be aware of in order to receive the services most appropriate for their child(ren).
If you're asking yourself what is ECA all about, this service is based on the model of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI), which involves Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ECA was formerly known has "Hab-M."   
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Upcoming Events

Join us on Saturday, February 3rd for our next Sibshops event! The event will take place from 10am to noon at the offices of AZA United. Sibshops are intended for sibs 7-14 years old. Registration is required; please email familyoutreach@azaunited.org or call us at 480-302-5152. 
Link of the Month

Did you miss our recent interactive webinar for Habilitation Providers? We recorded it and you can view it now! Learn creative strategies on how to help children with autism learn about stranger danger and other safety issues.

Click here to watch!
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