APRIL 2019 | ISSUE 140

Thank you NEXT for AUTISM

Arizona Autism United would like to extend our greatest appreciation to NEXT for AUTISM for selecting us as a Night of Too Many Stars, NEXT for AUTISM grant recipient

AZA United received $32,500 towards the implementation of the Family Support Partners (FSP) program. The program will provide hands-on assistance by phone and in-person to families that need help navigating the system and coordinating care. FSPs are either social work/care management professionals or trained parents who have had their own lived experience of working with different systems and organizations to access treatment and support. 

The FSPs will work with parents to set personal goals that will empower them to develop skills to fully engage in services and make the most of available resources. Examples include techniques to prepare for team meeting, keeping records organized, knowing what questions to ask, understanding how different funding sources work and accessing helpful resources in the community. The program is designed to reduce the extreme stress that many parents face as they try to navigate the maze of systems related to getting effective autism treatment and support, and to maximize the impact of services that families can and should receive to ultimately improve child outcomes. This grant allows AZA United to pilot the program to launch this service, fine tune processes and evaluate impact. 

This FSP program has been made possible through a grant from NEXT for AUTISM from the proceeds of Night of Too Many Stars. Stay tuned for more information as this program develops!
Meet our Newest Management Team Member

We are very pleased to welcome Robin Holden to our team as the organization's Financial Controller!

Robin has enjoyed a long and comprehensive career of over 30 years in all facets of nonprofit finance, ranging from government to grass roots organizations. Robin has most recently come from a local behavioral health organization. She holds a Masters of Science in Accounting and is currently sitting for her C.P.A.  Robin is excited to be a part of AZA United and is eager to participate in the growth of the organization.

Welcome to the AZA United family, Robin!  

There's a New Doctor in the House

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Ehren Werntz, who recently received his Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 

Ehren is the Clinical Director of AZA United's  Family and Community Services. He has been with the organization for thirteen years. In addition to his Ph.D., Ehren holds degrees in Special Education and Psychology.

Ehren has the great pleasure of heading up a team devoted to helping families affected by complex behavioral issues. Ehren and his team work with individuals and families affected by autism in home, clinic, school, and community settings. 

Currently, Ehren's work focuses on ecological behavioral training, which includes the treatment of challenging behavior, skills training, and applications of clinical behavior analysis designed to help parents and families with autism. Family and Community Services include behavioral intervention and also take emotional relational variables into consideration. Services are accessed through the public behavioral health system and are funded by the state Medicaid program, including the county's Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA).  

For more information, please contact us.


Thank you to all of our supporters who participated in Arizona Gives Day on April 2, 2019! 

Thank you to the Maricopa County Fair for supplying AZA United with 100 free tickets to the fair! Tickets were distributed to families at the Autism Expo. 

Upcoming Events

Join us on Saturday, May 4th 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.

For more information contact  familyoutreach@azaunited.org or call 480-302-5152 

Link of the Month

Matthew Press, an OT and Assistive Technology Professional with the Peoria School District, offers a website that contains resources that are designed to support the assistive technology needs of students in the Pre-K through 12th grade setting. 

Resources are organized by specialty areas, as well as, specific areas of interventions, although many of them overlap into multiple areas.    

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