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May 2023 | ISSUE 189

Join our Annual Family Photo Contest

Attention families: Now is the time to enter our annual photo contest! Send us your high-resolution photos to be part of our 2023 AZA Families photo collage which we feature in different awareness and outreach activities. This is our way to partner with you in celebrating the amazing things your child achieves and how proud they make you!

Prizes vary every year; last year's winners received a gift that was of special interest to their child and all submissions received a participation gift!

This year's theme is Stronger Together. At Arizona Autism United, one of our core values is bringing people together. We believe that building a community between families, staff, and our supporters is crucial to the success of not only our organization, but to the individuals and families that we serve.

Choose a great picture of your child and their supportive community, whether that be with family, friends, or one of their providers. For each photo, you will be asked to provide a brief quote that explains what your child is achieving in the photo.

See the photo above for an example and submit your entry at the link below. Creativity is encouraged! The deadline has been extended to June 15th. 

Submit your photos here

Piper Trust Awards Expansion Grant for AZA United

AZA United is excited and humbled to announce a $1.3 million grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to support the expansion of AZA United’s programs and services at three new community-based locations. This expansion will greatly broaden AZA United’s reach by improving access to comprehensive care for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, and their family members, throughout Maricopa County. 


The impact of this grant support cannot be understated, as there is a year-over-year increase in autism rates. The CDC recently reported that a staggering 1 in 36 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder. With more and more local families affected by autism and related developmental disabilities each day, it is more important than ever that we improve access to the services, therapies, and supports that they need to thrive. “We are so grateful to Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust for this grant, which will help make high-quality care services for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities available to even more children and families throughout the region” said Dr. Aaron Blocher-Rubin, founder and CEO of Arizona Autism United.


Since its founding in 2006, AZA United’s mission has been to help as many families as possible with individualized supports. Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has demonstrated once again its ongoing commitment to helping AZA realize this mission. 

Thriving Sibling Program


The Thriving Sibling is a therapeutic program for siblings between the ages of 13 and 16 that focuses on resilienceself-compassion, and working toward personal goals.

This summer we are offering a June group that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in person with a virtual option; and a July group that will meet Wednesdays in person from 9:00 – 11:00 am. 

All in-person gatherings will meet at AZA United’s new Southeast Valley Center in Chandler. 

Register for Thriving Sibling


Contact our Family Support Team at Support@AZAunited.org if you have questions about any of these opportunities or other services we offer.

An ABA Treatment Philosophy for Compassionate Care

Over the last several years, treatments using the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) have evolved. Thanks to the many families and autistic adults who have received ABA services and shared their experiences, providers have gained an increased sensitivity to the needs of those we serve. Now more than ever, providers are aware of the critical importance of providing a service that is compassionate, individualized, and focused on improving the quality of life for the entire family. 

AZA United’s CEO, Vice Presidents, Clinical Directors and staff supervisors are all BCBAs. Therefore, not only are we committed to upholding the professional code of ethics for behavior analysts, but we have experienced first-hand the importance of a strong partnership with families when leading an ABA Treatment program. From this perspective, our leadership team prioritizes setting policies and expectations that focus on achieving effective outcomes and creating a positive client experience, rather than being financially driven. 

To make sure every family receives the best possible experience, we ensure that our BCBAs are trained to deliver services that align with our ABA treatment philosophy. Every BCBA receives training resources and mentoring opportunities that help meet our high expectations.

To continue reading about our Compassionate ABA Treatment Philosophy, click the link below to visit our blog.

Continue reading our blog post here

Other Announcements & Resources

Upcoming Sibshops Event

Join us on June 3rd from 10-11AM on Zoom for our next Sibshops events for siblings. Registration is FREE and required to obtain the login information. Email or call us at Sibshops@AZAunited.org or 602-773-5773 to register or if you have any questions.

SARRC Research Open House

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) will be hosting an open house event at their campus on Saturday, June 10, from 10AM-12PM. This event will feature a behind-the-scenes tour, mock medical procedures, an opportunity to meet their team and learn about research opportunities, and more! To reserve a spot, please visit their website at bit.ly/ResearchOpenHouse2023 or call 602-606-9877.

AZA United Merch

Help support AZA United by visiting our storefront and purchasing some merchandise! From t-shirts to mugs to backpacks, there is something for everyone to enjoy. All of the sales revenues go toward programs that help children and families learn how to thrive in their homes and communities.

Job Opportunities with Team AZA

AZA United is a growing organization and we are always hiring great people to join our team! Click on any of the featured jobs below to learn more, or view all job openings here.

ABA Therapist / Behavior Technician

Our ABA Treatment Services program is growing, and we have some new openings for ABA Therapists across the valley! Positions are available Pat-Time valleywide for in-home services, or Full-Time at one of our children's therapy clinics in Mesa and Avondale.

Parent Provider - Habilitation & Attendant Care

AZA United helps parents become paid providers for their own child, where parents are able to provide Habilitation and Attendant Care Services. For more information on if you or someone you know qualifies for this position and how to apply, please click the link above.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

AZA is looking for a talented and passionate Licensed Clinical Psychologist to join our Diagnostic Services team. This role primarily includes active involvement in conducting evaluations with clients and diagnostic report preparation. This role also serves as support for other diagnostic staff members, including psychometrists and post doc students or interns.

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