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October 2022 | ISSUE 182

Annual Family Photo Contest Awards

For our Annual Family Photo Contest, we were blown away by the wonderful entries we received. Selecting a winner was no easy task, so our staff decided to select a top three. All photos and stories submitted by our families were so remarkable and moving, and they will all be featured in our Achieving Milestones video next month. Stay tuned!

We would like to congratulate each of our winners and thank everyone who participated. Each winner will be awarded a prize gift based on their interests, the rest of the participants will receive a gift card. 

At AZA United, we are honored to have the opportunity to work with so many astounding children and their families. Thank you to all who submitted photos and allowed us to celebrate your children's accomplishments!

Construction Almost Finished at West Valley Center

After a year of architectural planning and renovations, construction is almost complete at AZA United's new West Valley Center in Avondale. Designed to become a contemporary model of best practices for interdisciplinary autism treatment, the WVC will include the following services for children and families: ABA TherapySpeech TherapyOccupational TherapyDiagnostic EvaluationsMental Health Counseling, and Family Support. We anticipate launching services at the new center in early 2023.

As we enter the final stages to prepare for a grand opening, AZA United would like to invite all who are willing and able to consider making a donation to help support the continued growth and prosperity of our West Valley Center. We are so grateful for our supporters' continued generosity. Donations can be made at the link below.

Donate here to help us open the West Valley Center

The Future of Autism Services

This past summer, AZA United hosted our inaugural Mini Conference for Parents, a half-day event featuring a variety of speakers from AZA United and sessions on important topics for Arizona families.  Our Vice President of Children & Youth Services, Carey Beranek, delivered a keynote presentation on how services for people with autism are changing.  This talk highlights several important features of a contemporary approach to autism services and provides examples of how parents & caregivers can support these practices. 

We encourage you to give this talk a listen, as it offers insightful information on the positive changes being made in the autism field. Click the button below to listen to Carey's full presentation!

Watch the full presentation video

Other Announcements & Resources

Easy Ways to Support our Mission

Learn about these 4 easy ways to support AZA United's mission to help as many families as possible with individualized supports. Click here for a flyer with details. 

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 27th, and Wednesday morning, November 9th. For more information contact Apoyo@AZAunited.org or 602-932-227.

Mikey's League Soccer & Basketball Programs

Mikey's League will be hosting 8-week kids soccer and teen/young adult basketball programs from November 1-December 21, 2022 at Bell Bank Park in Mesa. Kids soccer is for ages 6-13 and will be held on Tuesday Nights, while teen and young adult basketball will be held on Wednesday nights. If you are interested, please visit their website www.mikeysleague.org to receive more information and register.

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.

IT Helpdesk Technician

If you love IT and helping others, this is a great opportunity for you! The IT Help Desk Technician is responsible for troubleshooting company application and equipment issues. This role will be responsible for monitoring and acting on all IT help desk tickets. This includes resolving the ticket or elevating it to the IT Supervisor.

ABA Therapist

If you are interested in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and looking for advanced training and career development, apply now to get involved in a program that is paving the way for a new set of contemporary best practices in ABA Therapy. 

Behavior Coach

If you have a passion for helping children, teens, and adults with intensive behavior support needs, apply now to learn how our Clinical Family Coaching program provides parents and caregivers the tools and guidance to support lasting behavioral change. Great experience for future counselors or behavior analysts.

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

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