Helping Today, Building Tomorrow
July 2017 - Issue #119
Arizona Autism United (AZA United)
In this issue...
Be a Table Captain
Getting Back to School
Speech Therapy Openings
Photo Contest

AZA Online

Link of the Month 

Get ready for the new school year. Among many services and classes, Raising Special Kids offers an IEP training at no cost to parents.      


Make a Difference, Be a Table Captain
This October, we will be hosting our 6th annual AZA United Caring Hearts Luncheon at the Omni Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley.  Click here to see last year's event.
This signature event is designed to raise funds that support our programs for kids and families affected by autism. This year, our fundraising efforts are to support AZA's expansion plans to help more families in the valley. While there is no cost to attend the luncheon, guests will be asked to consider making a donation.
We are seeking volunteers to act as Table Captains for our 2017 Luncheon.  Table Captains play a vital role in the success of this event! Duties include:
  • Attend a Table Captain orientation in August.
  • Invite up to 9 people to sit at your table.
  • Act as a table host during the event.
If you are interested in being a Table Captain, please contact our Outreach Director at or 602-773-5780. Thank you!

New Blog: Planning for a Successful School Year
Summer vacation is ending and the new school year is just around the corner. Many children feel anxious upon the new school year. They may face a new classroom, new friends and teachers or maybe an entirely new educational environment. The more prepared we are to tackle the school year, the less anxiety your child may experience. So how can we help our children prepare for the school year?

Allow your child to partake in shopping for their school supplies. The child can assist in obtaining the correct amount and style of supplies. If you feel your child may be overwhelmed by a vast array of options, select a few items that you think they would like and give them a choice. For example, if your child likes The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Minions and Paw Patrol, show them the 3 backpacks and let them make the final decision.

If your child is anything like mine, their backpack is full of additional items that they have to take to school. Things like an augmentative communication device and additional therapy supplies can significantly increase the weight of a backpack. Some children benefit from having a rolling backpack versus a traditional backpack that can cause stress to their bodies. Rolling backpacks are also a great tool to help your child get accustomed to being responsible for their own belongings when it comes to traveling.

To continue reading this blog, click here.

Speech Therapy Openings
AZA United is excited to expand our speech services!  Our clinicians have a variety of autism expertise, especially in the areas of language development, augmentative communication, and socialization We offer clinic based services and aim to offer in home services throughout the valley.  Sessions are filling up for this school year, but we continue to have select openings.  After school hours are in high demand, but we do have immediate openings for mornings and early afternoons.  Appointments are matched based on the service location and client/clinician availability.  In order to share your schedule with us, please complete the availability survey here

Questions can be answered at 602-773-5773 or

Last Chance for Family Photos Submissions
Enter our annual contest for families! Send us your high resolution photos to be part of our 2017 AZA Families photo collage.  

Our theme is This Is Our Family. Choose your favorite pictures and complete the following sentences with your submission:

"Our family ______." 

See the photo above for ideas.  Other examples include:

"Our family is a team and we help each other out - AZA family since 2011"

"As a family, we enjoy outdoor activities - AZA Family since 2015"

Creativity is encouraged! The deadline is Monday, July 31st. Prizes include, gift cards, movie tickets, tickets to sport events, toys, etc. 
How to enter:
  • Visit this website to upload your photos securely:
  • Submit as many as you like! Send us the largest file size you have for best quality.
  • You will be asked to provide the text to accompany your photo(s), your full name and email so we can follow up with you.
Use of photos:
  • AZA United may use submitted photos for different materials such as staff trainings, public presentations, fundraising events, website, social media, etc.  By entering the AZA United Photo Contest, you authorize AZA United to use photos submitted at AZA United's sole discretion.  Contact us with any questions or special requests.
  • See last year's photo contest video here.
Contact us with questions at or 480-302-5152.

Picture of the Month
Some of our AZA leadership staff at a fun sports and team building event.   

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