Virginia G. Piper Trust Supports New Diagnostic Clinic
Arizona Autism United (AZA United) is excited and humbled to announce a generous grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to help us launch a new Diagnostic Evaluations Clinic in Maricopa County for children and youth with special needs!
This $265,000 grant will allow us to expand access to diagnostic services and coordinated care by establishing a Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic for Children with Special Needs. The clinic will offer evaluations and diagnostic services for children and youth who present with a variety of developmental delays or behavioral disorders, including but not limited to autism spectrum disorder. The Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic will be led by a clinical psychologist that will provide the complex reporting and documentation needed to support access to appropriate services. In addition, this grant will augment our Family Support and Counseling programs in an innovative new model called Support from the Start, providing families with much-needed guidance and hands-on support once a diagnosis is received so they can obtain services and therapies, along with emotional support and practical advice, as swiftly as possible.
We know that one of the most pervasive barriers to adequate special needs care is the months-long wait lists that local families must endure before receiving a diagnosis, which is the first, critical step to receiving therapeutic care. For so many families, this means months of missed opportunities for positive growth and change for children with developmental disabilities, often with long-term negative repercussions.
For years parents and caregivers have sought referrals for diagnostic services from AZA United, and we have always felt that if we could provide screenings and diagnoses in-house, this would relieve a significant burden from parents and caregivers, allowing children and their families to receive needed therapies more quickly and easily. This grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will make it possible for AZA United to provide this urgently needed service to many local families. One of our top priorities will be to ensure that all families have access to these diagnostic services without financial barriers.
Planning is now underway to develop this new clinic, and we anticipate having the staffing in place to begin offering diagnostic services to the public beginning in late 2021. We will continue to provide updates to the community on our progress regarding the launch of the new Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic for Children with Special Needs at AZA United.
From the Board of Directors, staff and families served by AZA United, THANK YOU to Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust for your generous support!