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October 2023 | ISSUE 194

3rd Annual Run for Autism

We are excited to announce our 3rd Annual Run for Autism on Saturday, March 9th at 9:00 AM, at Freestone Park in Gilbert.

Runners, walkers, and virtual participants are all welcome!

This event will offer 3 different options: a 5k, a 1-mile Family Fun Run and a Kids Dash, as well as games and activities for everyone to enjoy! The first 300 registrants will receive an event t-shirt and a medal.

Everyone is encouraged to start a team with family, friends, coworkers. This is a great team building activity!

Early bird pricing is now available until January 1st. For event details and to register, visit our event website below. Please join us at this event to help promote autism and neurodiversity acceptance. We look forward to seeing you and your family there!

For more information on team registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact us at Events@AZAunited.org

Register Today!

Triple P Registration Now Open!

AZA United's Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) on Effective Parenting Strategies to Manage Behavioral Challenges will begin a new session the week of February 5.

The "Triple P" program gives parents simple and practical strategies to confidently manage their child’s behavior. During the Triple P program, each parent will have a workbook that has tools and information to support positive parenting practices. Triple P is also a great opportunity to meet other parents in similar situations. 

Sessions are held once a week for no more than 2 hours at a time and are conducted virtually. The program begins with group sessions involving other parents and then transitions to individual sessions with your Triple P parent trainer. The last session will be done as a group to discuss progress and share success stories. Your Title P parent trainer will guide you throughout the program and support you as you put your new skills into practice. At AZA, all Triple P parent trainers are overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in addition to being nationally certified by Triple P International.

To learn more about our Triple P Program, click here.

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2023 Annual Report Now Available

Please enjoy our 2023 Annual Report to see a year in review for AZA United. Annual reports are an important communication piece that nonprofits share with donors, stakeholders and community members. These reports contain financial information, organizational accomplishments, and other inspiring mission-driven elements.

One of AZA United's core values is to stay informed. To stay true to this value, we create this annual publication for our stakeholders to be informed about how our work continues to advance our mission to help as many families as possible with individualized supports.

View our 2023 Annual Report

New Blog Post: Unleashing the Power of Total Communication

Parenting a child with autism comes with its unique challenges, one of the most significant being communication difficulties. Fortunately, there is a ray of hope in the form of Speech and Language Therapy, particularly when it is grounded in a strengths-based approach. In this article, we will delve into the world of facilitating Total Communication for children with autism, emphasizing their abilities rather than limitations. 

To continue reading this blog post, click the button below.

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Other Announcements & Resources

Support Group for Spanish-speaking Families

Our Grupo de Apoyo Unidos en Bienestar (Therapeutic Support Group in Spanish for parents), will meet again on Thursday evening, October 26, at 5:30 PM. For more information contact Apoyo@AZAunited.org or 602-932-227.

Mikey's League Upcoming Basketball Programs

Mikey's League is an inclusive sports league, where they take athletes with disabilities and have them play sports alongside their nondisabled peers. Their 8-week basketball program will be located in Glendale and Phoenix! Scholarships are available! For full details on the program and registration information, visit their website.

AHCCCS Scholarships

Maricopa Community Colleges introduced 2 new scholarships from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). This transformative award program covers student tuition, books, course fees, health and safety requirements, and other needed resources for students pursuing a career in direct care and behavioral health. For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit their website.

YES Day! for Autism

The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is hosting their 3rd annual YES Day for Autisma family-friendly event focused on raising funds, awareness, and acceptance. The event will take place on October 29th from 9AM-12PM and will include a robust Autism Resource Fair, fun kids' zone, live entertainment, a pumpkin patch, and so much more! As one of the partners for this event, AZA United has created a team and you are all invited to join us.

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 across the valley! Positions can be full-time or part-time, either in-home or at one of our children's therapy clinics in Mesa & Avondale.

Direct Support Provider - Habilitation, Respite & Attendant Care

If you or someone you know is interested in providing in-home care services for individuals with developmental disabilities, use the link above to apply for a position as a Direct Support Provider. This role is available statewide and is a great opportunity to gain experience and make a difference.

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.

Arizona Autism United | 602-773-5773 | www.AZAunited.org

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