Special needs resources in Arizona

For parents of children with special needs, finding the right combination of supports, services, schools and strategies can make a world of difference.

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Locations in Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa
602-995-7366 •

ACCEL is a non-profit educational organization serving individuals (ages 5-22) with special needs, including developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities and behavioral disorders. ACCEL has served children and adults throughout the Valley since 1980 through our private day school, adult services and Bista Center. We meet every special need and celebrate all accomplishments.

Arizona Autism United
5025 E. Washington St., Suite 212, Phoenix
602-773-5773 •

AZA United offers a wide range of evidence-based and family-centered services for people with autism and their families. Many services are home-based, while others are offered at our clinics and in the community. AZA United works with many funding sources, including DDD, behavioral health and individual insurance plans. Services for children and youth include: speech and feeding therapy, applied behavior analysis (ABA), habilitation, respite and behavior coaching. For family members: parent training, sibling support and help navigating the system. For schools and community partners: autism awareness training, school consultations and other community trainings.


Arizona Attorney General’s Office
2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-542-2123 •

The Community Outreach Section of the Attorney General’s office provides free educational presentations and webinars for parents, teachers, and students (ages 5-18) on a variety of issues facing today’s youth. Topics include: Internet Safety, Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention, Anti-Bullying, E-Cigarette Awareness and Prevention and more.

Arizona Department of Health Services

AZDHS has an area devoted to Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. It focuses on improving systems of care, providing information and referrals to families; providing training to families and professionals on best practices related to medical home, cultural competence, transition to adulthood and family and youth involvement; and supports telemedicine to provide services in remote areas of the state.

Arizona Speech & Psychological Institute
Locations Statewide (East & West Valley, Yuma, & Tucson)
480-382-7761 • azspinstitute.org

Arizona Speech & Psychological Institute provides educational and psychological services for school age individuals and beyond. We evaluate, support, and advocate for the community of both individuals with disabilities and mental health needs through comprehensive assessments, experienced advocacy, and strength based therapeutic interventions from a team approach. Research-based interventions and realistic recommendations help families understand the process and provide necessary resources for daily success. Services address executive functioning, communication needs, social skills, social/emotional regulation, transition services, and academic support for specialized reading, writing, and math to address the individual needs. We have multiple offices across Arizona. Please call for a free consultation.

Children’s Cancer Network
6150 W. Chandler Blvd., Ste 1, Chandler

Children’s Cancer Network is a 501(C)3 that supports Arizona children and families throughout their cancer journey with programs and services designed to provide financial assistance, promote education, encourage healthy lifestyles, and create an awareness of issues they face related to childhood cancer. Filling the gaps where the hospitals and insurance leave off, Children’s Cancer Network provides gas cards, food cards, basic needs, adopt-a-family programs, education, resources, counseling, support programs, and family -centered activities at no charge.  Reach out to learn more about how Children’s Cancer Network can help your family.


Children’s Museum of Phoenix
215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
602-648-2764 •

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix — which offers three levels of creative indoor play space for all children ages 10 and younger — has partnered with PAL Experiences (palexperiences.org) to help families with special needs understand exactly what to expect when they visit the museum so they can plan around any potential sensory issues. The museum also has periodic playdates for kids with sensory issues.

Devereux Advanced Behavioral HealthDevereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona changes lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for individuals with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. Since 1967, Devereux has been serving Arizona in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. Today our award-winning programs and services include:  adolescent health and wellness, autism, brief intervention, outpatient counseling and treatment, prevention, residential treatment, respite and therapeutic foster care for children and adults.

Executive Function Coach
480-648-1122 • executivefunctioncoachaz.com

Through her one-on-one coaching, Fawzya Khosti helps individuals from coast to coast take on challenges such as autism, dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety, issues with memory and focus, as well minor traumatic brain injuries (m TBI) and improve their executive function skills. Fawzya works holistically with families and includes therapists, psychologists and teachers to make sure her clients get their needs met. Fawzya uses hypnotherapy as a tool to help her clients improve their memory and focus or reduce anxiety.

Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council
602.452.7031 • girlscoutsaz.org/join

Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council helps find the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership — from taking a night-time hike under the stars to accepting a mission on the International Space Station; from lobbying the city council with her troop to holding a seat in Congress; from running her own cookie business today to tackling cybersecurity tomorrow.  The pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success.

Hallam Law Group
3838 N. Central Ave., Suite 1800, Phoenix
602-237-5373 •

Hallam Law Group is an experienced felony trial law firm with an outstanding history of working in criminal courtrooms throughout Arizona. Our law firm offers quality legal counsel in various areas of law including: assault, felony DUI, robbery, domestic violence, sexual abuse, felony shoplifting and many more. Hallam has steered through over a thousand criminal cases and is particularly passionate about defending special needs victims of violence. Contact our firm to see if we can help you or your loved one recover the compensation you deserve.

Hi-Star Center for Children
5807 N. 43rd. Ave., Phoenix
602-548-3038 •

The Hi-Star Center for Children is a private special education day school, serving students with severe language/communication, learning and behavioral needs. Hi-Star is an academically based program which incorporates language acquisition skills into the daily curriculum, along with a structured behavior management program. Hi-Star works with students in kindergarten through middle school.

Law Office of Richard J. Murphy, PLC
602-296-4962 • phoenixspecialedlawyer.com

The Law Office of Richard J. Murphy, PLC represents students with disabilities in school disputes throughout Arizona, providing assistance with issues such as IEP and Section 504 violations, due process and state complaints, evaluations and “child find”  and suspension/expulsion. The firm will stand by you and fight for your child’s right to an education. Free consultations available for all special education issues.

MeBe Arizona
3100 W. Ray Road, Suite 201, Chandler
619-725-9925 •

MeBe is about “being me.” MeBe integrates research-based strategies with intense personal attention to provide Applied Behavioral aAnalysis (ABA), speech therapy, feeding therapy, and occupational therapy that’s engaging and customized to your child’s needs. MeBe provides ABA therapy in Phoenix and the surrounding area and provides telehealth speech and language therapy and occupational therapy statewide in Arizona. MeBe Arizona works with many insurance providers and currently has no wait list.

Once Upon a Star  
facebook.com/onceuponastaraz • onceuponastaraz@gmail.com

Once Upon a Star is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that employs exceptional young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs in a small artistic community. These young adults create and sell handcrafted beaded items and re-purposed/recycled vintage jewelry at a local farmers market. Profits from the sales provide salaries for their work and any remaining monies go back into the program to support objectives including: promoting socialization, expanding communication skills, developing personal opinions and ideas, providing classes in dance, music and art and enhancing overall life skills.

Parent Partners Plus, special needs, developmental screeningsParent Partners Plus
Locations in Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, and Surprise
602-633-0732 •

Parent Partners Plus provides support, developmental screenings and school-readiness activities for Maricopa County families who are expecting a child or have children ages birth to 3.

Pediatric Foot and Ankle
30 South Kyrene Road, Suite #3, Chandler
480-534-7220 • pediatricfootankle.com

Pediatric Foot & Ankle Specialists provides treatment of heel pain, fractures, sprains, ingrowns, plantar warts, in-toeing/out-toeing, toe walking, flat feet, gait abnormality, and tarsal coalition to patients from birth to age 20.

Ryan House
110 W. Muhammad Ali Way, First Floor, Phoenix
602-200-0767 •

Ryan House offers world-class care and programs that embrace all children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys. Palliative and respite care address the emotional, spiritual and social needs of the family; continuity of care from diagnosis to end-of-life; expert care provided by prestigious care partners and highly-trained staff; and a loving community that offers ongoing support and compassion. Ryan House is the only facility of its kind in the state and only one of three in the country.


Sierra Schools of Arizona
Locations in Gilbert, Peoria, Scottsdale, Buckeye, and Tucson
480-266-5128 •

Sierra Schools of Arizona, operated by Specialized Education of Arizona, has provided special education day programs for over 20 years. Accredited by CogniaTM and approved by the Arizona Department of Education, Sierra Schools serves students with special needs at standalone schools and district partnership programs, offering highly specialized supports and tailored interventions to ensure student success. Every Sierra student receives customized academic and behavioral services as well as access to counseling and related services.

Southwest Autism Research &  Resource Center (SARRC)
300 N. 18th St., Phoenix
602.606.9806 •

SARRC’s clinical model is grounded in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a particular focus on naturalistic behavioral interventions in inclusive environments, including but not limited to in the home, in school, on the job or in the community. Each of SARRC’s therapeutic programs, classes and trainings are guided by best-practice models; the most currently available science; a goal of increasing independence and producing meaningful outcomes; and the individualized needs of the children, adolescents, adults and families served.


Southwest Human Development
2850 N. 24th St., Phoenix
602-266-5976 •

Southwest Human Development is Arizona’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to early childhood development (ages birth to 5). Provides 40 innovative programs and services to 135,000 children and their families each year in the areas of Easter Seals Disabilities Services, child development, mental health, early literacy, Head Start/Early Head Start, family support, child welfare services and professional development and training.

Taylor and Lihn, PLLC
1747 E. Morten Ave., Suite 105, Phoenix
480-699-3145 •

Special Needs Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Medicaid (ALTCS) Planning & Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD) Assistance, Benefits Protection, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration, Probate Litigation


The Arc of Arizona
P.O. Box 83434, Phoenix
602-234-2721 •

The Arc of Arizona promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community. The Arc of Arizona is the only community-based nonprofit working for people with I/DD throughout their lifetimes and across all diagnoses-from autism to Down syndrome to Fragile X and more than 100 other developmental disabilities. The Arc of Arizona partners with local chapters throughout the state who provide services, support and advocacy for families impacted by I/DD in their communities.


Torgenson Law
333 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85003  • 818 N Navajo Dr, Page, AZ 86040
602-759-0012 •

The Phoenix personal injury lawyers at Torgenson Law have helped hundreds of families fight for compensation after their child has been injured. The firm specializes in all areas of injury law, including, daycare accidents, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, medical malpractice and more.


A Caring Heart of Arizona
15333 N. Pima Road, Suite 245, Scottsdale
480-308-0382 •

A Caring Heart of Arizona provides in-home support services to adults and children with disabilities in Maricopa County. We have proudly served the community for more than 15 years.

5025 E. Washington St., Suite 200, Phoenix
602-256-2245 •  ability360.org

Offers peer support, self-advocacy, monthly workshops on independent living skills, home care services, home modifications and more. Works to change systems to make them more user-friendly and responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities.

ACEing Autism
Arcadia High School, Phoenix
602-456-2410 •

ACEing Autism was founded in 2008 to provide adaptive tennis programs for children ages 5-18 with autism spectrum disorder. Players receive one-on-one instruction from volunteer coaches who follow a curriculum specifically designed for kids on the spectrum. Runs six-week sessions three times a year at Arcadia High School in Phoenix.

Action Behavior Centers
Avondale • Chandler • Gilbert • Glendale • Scottsdale

Action Behavior Centers assists families with children on the autism spectrum. One-on-one ABA therapy can make improvements in verbal and nonverbal communication, life skills, and behavioral challenges.

Ally Pediatric Therapy
Locations in Paradise Valley and Chandler
602-606-2237 •

The professionals at Ally Pediatric Therapy treat children and young adults (birth to age 22) with autism and other childhood disorders. Services — including applied behavior analysis (ABA) and speech-language, feeding and occupational therapies —  address symptoms common in children with autism, including challenging behaviors, difficulty with socialization and communication, and challenges with school and life skills. Our team of expert clinicians works together to design and implement treatment plans customized for the unique needs of every child.

Anodyne Independent Living Specialists
18301 N. 79th Ave., Suite C-128, Glendale
623-433-9907 •

Anodyne Independent Living Specialists provides residential, home and community-based services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Anodyne is a Greek word meaning comfort. We believe that every individual has the right to develop to his or her maximum potential in a dignified and respectful environment while living a life full of joy and purpose. Group homes, ADH & CDH, HCBS.

Arcadia Literacy & Learning
4700 E. Thomas Road, Suite 202, Phoenix
480-268-3876 •

This Arcadia-based company provides quality tutoring for children struggling with reading, writing or comprehension. Individualized programs tackle each student’s specific challenge, so they can continue to grow in and out of the classroom. Using multisensory techniques, the team helps each child reach his or her learning goals.

Arizona Autism Coalition
PMB #522 4802 E. Ray Road, Suite 23, Phoenix • azautism.org

The Arizona Autism Coalition improves the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families in Arizona by sharing resources and affecting autism systems reform through state-wide collaboration and advocacy.  The Coalition’s goals and objectives are designed to provide and support an inclusive membership organization for all service providers and families affected by autism in Arizona. The Coalition hosts two major events combined with quarterly workshops. The Annual Conference is held each fall and The AutismExpo Resource Fair in the Spring.

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
100 N. 15th Ave., Suite 104, Phoenix
800-352-8161 (voice/TTY) • 480-559-9441 (main videophone) •

Established in 1977, Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing serves as a statewide information referral center for issues related to hearing loss. ACDHH is a national leader in communication access, support services and community empowerment throughout the state. Its mission, in partnership with the public and private sectors, is to ensure accessibility and improve quality of life for the deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, persons with speech difficulties, and their families.

Arion Care Solutions
3200 N. Dobson Road, Suite F2, Chandler
480-722-1300 •

Arion Care Solutions is contracted statewide to provide attendant care, habilitation, respite, individually designed living arrangements, adult developmental homes (ADH), private home care (PHC) and long-term care (EPD) services. In addition, Arion provides ABA therapy and psychology services.

Aurora Behavioral Health System
6350 S. Maple Ave., Tempe
480-345-5420 •

Aurora Behavioral Health System is a level-one behavioral health hospital with an exclusive Specialized Needs Unit designed to treat significant behavioral challenges for children ages 8-17 who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (or other diagnosed developmental/ intellectual disabilities) and are experiencing a crisis. A holistic approach to treatment includes adjunctive and recreation-based therapies, special education, sensory integration, functional behavior assessments and family-focused treatment planning.

Arizona Department of Education Exceptional Students Services

This department ensures that public education agencies in Arizona have special education programs, policies and procedures that comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and that eligible children and youth with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). ESS supports the needs of families of students with disabilities, monitors schools for compliance with the regulations that implement the IDEA, and administers the IDEA Entitlement grant. Find links explaining student assessments, assistive technology and more online.

Arizona Disabled Sports
59 E. Broadway Road, Mesa
480-835-6273 • arizonadisabledsports.com

Arizona Disabled Sports offers adaptive sports and recreation activities for individuals with all types of disabilities through two different programs: Team Mesa Bulldogs (ages 8 and up) for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and Arizona Heat (ages 6 and up) for individuals with physical disabilities. Mission: “Let no one sit on the sidelines.”

Arizona Institute for Autism
8360 E. Raintree Drive, Suite 105, Scottsdale
480-707-2195 •

Arizona Institute for Autism provides Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services by highly trained clinicians and experts in special education and behavioral health. Comprehensive clinical services are conducted in home, clinic or school settings with a focus on helping each child attain a greater sense of independence. Individualized and group sessions, school readiness program, parent consultation and training. All programs follow COVID-19 safety protocols and regulations.

Autism Academy for Education and Development
Locations in Chandler, Tempe, and Phoenix
480-240-9255 •

Provides education to K-12 students with autism. Low teaching-staff-to-student ratios are maintained to maximize individual attention and address the needs of each student. Offers academic content along with music, art, PE, life skills and technology.

AZ Aspire Academy
Campuses in Litchfield Park, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson
480-420-6630 •

AZ Aspire Academy is a fully accredited private day school for K-12 students with learning differences. Offers one-to-one and small-group instruction in a completely individualized, caring and safe learning environment.

 AZOPT Kids Place
2302 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix • 14557 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear
623-242-6908 •

AZOPT Kids Place is a pediatric practice providing physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies. Offers private treatment rooms, a large gym area and specialized equipment including a pediatric treadmill, a partial weight-bearing gait device, electrical stimulation, specific feeding equipment and many sensory products. Founded in 2008 as a program of Arizona Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Ballet Arizona
2835 E Washington St, Phoenix
602-343-6550 • balletaz.org

The School of Ballet Arizona is proud to offer a program based on the successful Adaptive Dance Program of Boston Ballet for children ages 5 – 18. The Adaptive Dance Program at Ballet Arizona is designed to create a class environment that is sensitive to the needs of students with Down syndrome while nurturing their self-expression and developing their movement, social, and rhythmic skills. Session runs Saturdays from 2/5/22 – 4/23/22.

Ballou Education
9393 N. 90th St., Suite 102, Scottsdale
602-614-9002 •

Ballou Education provides advocacy and consulting services to parents navigating the special education system and needing appropriate services for their child’s academic, social and emotional growth. Also provides a variety of services for children with disabilities or who are gifted or twice exceptional, including individual recommendations for school placement and expert witness and testimony in family law cases when the educational needs of a child are in dispute between parties.

Bierman ABA Autism Center
8444 N. 90th St., Suite 130, Scottsdale

Bierman Autism Center offers Scottsdale area ABA therapy programs delivered in both home-based and center-based environments. Whether your child was just recently diagnosed or has been in a traditional school setting but unable to make adequate progress, the team at Bierman Autism Center deeply believes every child is capable of learning with the right ABA, speech, and occupational therapy programming in place. Autism evaluation screenings offered for children up to the age of 7.

Beyond Autism, Inc.
6508 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale
602-541-9743 •

Beyond Autism is a private, year-round day program for those diagnosed with autism and related disorders. Teaches life skills — beyond those that will benefit students in a school setting — that directly impact a student’s ability to be involved in a variety of activities in home, community and vocational settings. A collaborative approach creates functional and measurable goals that set up children for success.

Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
5025 E. Washington St., Suite 108, Phoenix
602-508-8025 •

Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons living with brain injury, and family members, caregivers and professionals who provide services to them. Offers education, information and referral, support, advocacy and empowerment activities for all types of acquired brain injuries.

Breakthrough Academy  
16641 N. 91st St., Suite 101, Scottsdale
866-620-9380 •

Breakthrough Academy is a small, private day school for students with various disabilities. Specializes in the application of theory, principles and technology of applied behavior analysis using the PEAK Relational Training System, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, TAGteach™, Precision Teaching, intervention and social training. Works to pair the student’s natural curiosity with motivation strategies to foster learning.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders, LLC
5 locations in metro Phoenix, 1 in Tucson
877-448-4747 •

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy and other family services for all ages. Our mission: to make a difference in the world by providing top-quality, innovative, evidence-based, effective treatment to ensure that individuals fulfill their potential.

Centria Autism
2550 W. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix
855-423-4629 •

Centria Autism, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, is one of the largest providers of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy in the nation, serving more than 3,000 families in 10 states. Centria provides in-home ABA for children ages 1-12 in Maricopa and Pinal counties. Intake Specialists help families navigate the system, including obtaining insurance prior-authorizations and scheduling autism spectrum disorder (ASD) evaluation appointments. Our goal is to provide accessible, comprehensive support to families in need of behavioral planning and intervention related to ASD.

Cortney’s Place
7000 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 1430, Scottsdale
480-419-5852 •

Cortney’s Place is a specialized day program offering innovative programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program is specifically designed to elevate the personal potential of every individual through sensory awareness, music, community outings, art, pet and hydrotherapy, exercise and wellness programs.

DMG Children’s Rehabilitative Services
3141 N. Third Ave., Suite 100, Phoenix
602-914-1520 •

DMG CRS is the only multi-specialty interdisciplinary clinic in Maricopa County and was designed to support coordinated, convenient and high-quality care for children (infants to age 21) with complex conditions. Housed in a one-story building conveniently located in central Phoenix, DMG CRS includes more than 85 medical providers across more than 25 pediatric specialties. Social workers and other support services are on site to help coordinate care and make accessing the services and equipment you need as easy as possible.

Down Syndrome Network Arizona
1445 E. Guadalupe Rd Suite 103 Tempe
480-759-9150 • dsnetworkaz.org

This open, supportive and collaborative network connects individuals and families with needed resources and information, ensuring that all individuals with Down syndrome have the opportunity to fully participate in society. DSNetwork Programs: New & Expectant Parents; Parent Mentor Support Club Xtra for KIDS (ages 0-7) Tweens & Teens UP! (ages 8-17) Xcell for Adults with Down syndrome (ages 18 & older) MOMS Night Out / D.A.D.S. Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome and more.

Driving with Autism
820 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, Connecticut
833-593-7483 • autismdriving.com

Driving with Autism is a online driver readiness program where any interested autistic or neurodiverse individual wants to learn how to drive and to obtain their license. We have a seasonal live eight part webinar series that breaks driving down into sizable segments with autism contexts. After a individual completes the series, we help them find a school to get started in getting their license. Our other resources include a active blog page, a downloadable ebook, and certified driving school partnerships. This can be done in all 50 states and entirely virtually. Recordings are also available if customer can not make the virtual class.

EE Support Services
5222 E. Baseline Rd, Suite 108, Gilbert
480-809-5552 • eesupportservices.com

If you simply need an emotional or physical break from taking care of your loved one, EE Support Services offers respite and habilitation for families with children that have special needs. EE Support Services also offers before and after school programs and camps for PS Academy students. EE Support Services prioritizes a “personalized matching” approach to make sure you are happy with your provider.

Emily R. Taylor, Attorney, PLLC
2001 E. Campbell Ave., Suite 203, Phoenix
480-699-3145 •

The law firm of Emily R. Taylor, Attorney, PLLC is committed to helping individuals and families protect assets and benefits for loved ones with special needs. Areas of practice include personalized special needs and estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, and long-term care planning.

Envision Therapeutic Horsemanship
480-262-3434 • envisiontherapy.org

Envision Therapeutic Horsemanship is a 510(c)(3) organization providing quality therapeutic riding, equine-facilitated life coaching and equine activities to children and adults. Envision works to equip and empower individuals and their families to move forward with momentum to their next level in life through working with horses.

Exerplay, Inc.
3723 E. Enrose St., Mesa
800-457-5444 • exerplay.com

ExerPlay is a leader in the outdoor recreation and playground industry, and is the planning, design and installation resource for innovative play systems, spray parks, athletic facility equipment and shade and site furnishings. ExerPlay was established by Farrell M. Smith and Associates in Tempe in 1973 and has been headquartered and incorporated in Cedar Crest, New Mexico, since 1991.

Family Involvement Center
5333 N. Seventh St., A-100, Phoenix
602-288-0155 •

Family Involvement Center offers support for parents and caregivers raising children with complex needs in Maricopa, Pima, Yavapai and Coconino counties. Services include training (parenting, effective communication, non-adversarial advocacy, etc.), support groups, respite care and counseling. Staffed by parents who use their experiences to help others navigate systems of care.

Feeding Matters
7227 N. 16th St., Suite 110, Phoenix
800-233-4658 • feedingmatters.org

Feeding Matters is the first organization in the world uniting families, healthcare professionals and the broader community to improve the system of care for children with pediatric feeding disorder through advocacy, education, support and research. For the more than 1 in 37 children under the age of 5 in the United States with pediatric feeding disorder, eating, drinking and swallowing are painful and frightening – ultimately affecting their behavioral, physical and emotional development.

Flex IT Academy
Locations in Mesa, El Mirage and Yuma
480-737-8108 •
Flex IT Academy takes pride in assisting students in achieving their goals and aspirations. The academy focuses on education and behavioral skills and provides a unique learning environment and an exciting curriculum. All children are inquisitive and enjoy learning if given the right tools to achieve their goals. Flex IT Academy creates a learning plan tailored to students’ needs and enables them to feel confident, enjoy learning and succeed.

Foundation for Blind Children
1234 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix
800-322-4870 • seeitourway.org

The Foundation for Blind Children was founded in 1952 by parents of blind children who wanted local services instead of having to send their children to the State Institution for the Blind in Tucson. The Foundation serves the blind and visually impaired of all ages, offering essential resources to families and children with blindness or low vision. Additional locations: 2005 N. 91st Place in Chandler and 2430 S. 75th Ave. in Phoenix.

Gateway Academy
480-998-1071 • gatewayacademy.us

Gateway Academy is a private K-12 school specializing in twice-exceptional (2E) students. What we learn, how we learn, what we value, and how we live in a community are vital questions Gateway asks as it seeks to educate the mind, body, spirit and character of its students. A unique approach weaves academics, wellness and activities into a cohesive curriculum that emphasizes the practice of social skills as the link connecting each student to the school community.

Goat Yoga
26601 S. Val Vista Drive , Gilbert
480- 220-0952  • goatyoga.com

Arizona Goat Yoga caters to all of those with special needs. We are handicapped accessible, and we’re a Certified Autism Center, with a certification from IBCCES, International board of credentialing and continuing education standards. We also have had a class for a special Down Syndrome event, with great success. Goats are very therapeutic and lots of fun. Great for all ages and abilities.

Gompers Private School
6601 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix
602-336-0061 •

Gompers Private School provides customized academic and life-skills education for children with disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities. The unique instructional program uses research-based teaching methods supported heavily by Assistive Technology and community-based instruction.

Hacienda Healthcare 

Hacienda HealthCare is Arizona’s leading provider of specialized health care services for medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens and young adults as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hacienda Children’s Hospital is a  free-standing, non-tertiary care children’s hospital providing non-emergency, non-surgical, step-down medical care to children and hands-on training for parents. Hacienda Skilled Nursing Facility provides round-the-clock care to children and young adults (age 45 or younger) who require long-term, short-term, respite or palliative care tailored to meet their needs. Hacienda’s Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled (ICF-ID) is Arizona’s only private all-inclusive residential care facility for long-term, transition-to-home and short-term respite care. A key component of the programming is “active treatment” designed to enrich the lives of residents and maximize each individual’s fullest developmental potential.

Hopebridge Autism Therapy Center
Flagstaff, Gilbert, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, Tucson, and Yuma hopebridge.com

Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers improve the quality of lives of Arizona’s children and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our comprehensive and coordinated efforts for your family include autism diagnosis evaluations, ABA Therapy and more.

HOPE Group
4530 E. Muirwood Drive, Suite 103, Phoenix
480-610-6981 •

HOPE Group stands for Honoring and Optimizing the Potential in Everyone. Since 1997, HOPE Group has provided services to those diagnosed with developmental and neurological disorders, including autism spectrum disorder. A qualified vendor with the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), HOPE Group provides habilitation and respite services for ages 2 through adulthood and serves the community as a vendor through Vocational Rehabilitation services for youth in transition through adulthood.

Horses Help  
2601 E. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix
602-596-6056 • horseshelp.org

Horses Help is a premier accredited recreational agency that has been providing equine-assisted activities and therapies since 1987. Participants enjoy weekly time at the center while building horse and human relationships, learning horsemanship and riding skills and receiving therapeutic benefits. Services include: adaptive riding, equine-assisted learning, hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health and military programs.

Java Autism Services
15333 N Pima Rd, Suite 305-H
480-769-5302 • javaaba.com

Using the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), we offer services in-home and at our clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. Java ABA has a team of experienced and responsive professionals, committed to impacting your child’s future in a meaningful way.

Kile Law Firm
8727 E. Via de Commercio, Scottsdale
480-348-1590 • kilelawfirm.com

Kile Law Firm provides services to help you navigate the legal challenges families face when they have a child with special needs. Complete an estate plan to ensure the assets your loved one may inherit do not interfere with the government benefits to which they are entitled. Kile can safeguard your planning for someone with a disability by creating a special needs trust. They also handle guardianship proceedings for children with special needs who are turning 18 and still need a decision maker. The team will listen carefully, guiding you through the legal process and making sure you understand and are fully informed about your options. Kile Law Firm values relationships with clients above all else, and will help you determine which option is best for you and formulate a plan.

KinectAbility Athletics
901 E Echo Ln. Phoenix.
480-294-2005 kinectabilityathletics.com

KinectAbility Athletics focuses on the fitness development of individuals including individuals with disABILTIES. Our goal is to empower them and to allow them to build fitness abilities that will last them a lifetime.

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
10617 N. Hayden Road, Building B, Suite 101, Scottsdale
480-922-5675 •

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes is dedicated to helping children and adults learn to their potential. Research-validated instructional programs strengthen reading, comprehension and math skills.

LifeTree, Inc
15255 North 40th Street Suite 125, Phoenix.
(480) 788-5325 lifetreeinc.com

LifeTree, Inc. provides caregiving services, like Respite, Habilitation, and Attendant Care to DDD Members and beyond! LifeTree also offers therapy services, including Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy. 

Lively Minds
480-406-8114 • livelymindstutoring.com

Lively Minds Tutoring offers in-home, professional tutoring services for academic subjects and professional coaching services for executive function and study skills. Lively Minds develops individual plans for each student based on unique strengths, needs and goals. 

Milestone Pediatrics
Locations in Chandler, Phoenix, and Tucson
480-855-0474 • milestoneaz.com

Milestone Pediatrics provides a range of therapy services that are client-centered and focused on helping the whole family. Quality speech therapy, occupational therapy and respite and habilitation services help children with developmental disabilities reach the fullness of their potential. 

2929 N. 44th St., Suite 300, Phoenix
602-864-6030 • mosaicinfo.org

Mosaic provides in-home and out-of-home services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In-home services consist of habilitation, attendant and respite care; out-of-home services consist of adult/child developmental homes, where licensed providers open bedrooms in their own homes to provide care for adults/children with disabilities. 

Miracle League of Arizona
11130 E. Cholla St., Suite I-110, Scottsdale
480-686-8137 •

Miracle League of Arizona offers individuals with special needs the opportunity to experience success, friendship and fun through the game of baseball. This adaptive facility in north Scottsdale welcomes all athletes, ages 4 and up. The programming is completely free.

Nathaniel’s Hope
5210 S. Orange Ave , Phoenix
407-857-8224  • nathanielshope.org 

Nathaniel’s Hope is dedicated to celebrating kids with all types of special needs. Upon joining Nathaniel’s FREE VIP Birthday Club, kids of all ages will receive a Bearing Hope Plush Bear, VIP Membership Card as well as a Birthday Card each year. Nathaniel’s Hope is building a national network of churches to provide Buddy Break, a free respite care program for VIP families.

New Way Academy
5048 E. Oak St., Phoenix
602-389-8600 •

New Way Academy offers a transformative education for K-12 students with learning challenges. Combines research-based teaching, personalized instruction and small class sizes (7:1 student:teacher ratio) to turn academic frustration into enlightenment. New Way develops confident, lifelong learners who lead enhanced, productive lives and serve as positive examples of what individuals with learning differences can achieve.

NorthBridge College Success Program
7000 N. 16th St. Suite 120., Phoenix.
401-421-4059 northbridgeaz.org

Serving high school and college students with learning differences through one-on-one sessions incorporating academic tutoring and mentoring. NorthBridge provides support, resources, and guidance to students with learning differences as they transition to, persist, and succeed in their educational and vocational endeavors.

Pal Experiences
221 E. Indianola Ave., Phoenix
602-402-9637 •

Pal is on a mission to build more inclusive communities by creating video social stories, digital guides and insider tips for local museums, sports arenas, restaurants and health care providers in Phoenix and beyond. Pal’s website lists family events, free tools and more.

480-395-3972 • mypedialabs.com

PediaLabs is a mobile laboratory service that started with a dream of helping children and other individuals who have a hard time getting blood work performed. It offers convenience in a pinch with kid-friendly, tear-free, easy blood draws by pediatric phlebotomists. Mobile and in-home blood draws, assistance with needle phobias/anxieties and special needs and concierge lab service.

PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs
4550 E. Bell Road, Building 1, Suite 106, Phoenix
602-344-9530 •

Serves all ages living with special needs. PDS’s specially trained staff and sensory-integrated facility aim to work with and treat patients to ensure the most successful and comfortable dental visit possible without the immediate use of sedation.

Pinnacle Autism Therapy
1249 N. Lindsay Road, Gilbert • 19840 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix
866-342-8847 •

Pinnacle Autism Therapy provides high-quality applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy services for children ages 1-18 in home, school, community-based and center-based settings. Individualized, flexible therapy plans are designed to meet each child’s needs.

Planning Across the Spectrum
820 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, Connecticut
860-606-7060 • planningacrossthespectrum.com

Financial planning services to families of children with disabilities and self-advocating individuals without intellectual disabilities. We understand and value our clients” goals and offer ongoing support to help them of their purposes. We also help companies with making their benefit and 401k systems more inclusive for their employees. This organization does business in all 50 states and virtually too. Does have an insurance person who resides in Arizona.

​​Rainbow Readers
480-999-4449 • rainbowreaders.com

Rainbow Readers loves to serve struggling readers, specifically people with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Services include a free 30-minute phone interview, dyslexia screening, tutoring at your location, online tutoring, small group classes, parent mentoring and a hands-on workshop teaching parents and teachers effective methods for helping struggling readers succeed. Visit crushingdyslexia.com for helpful products.

Raising Special Kids
5025 E. Washington St., Suite 204, Phoenix
800-237-3007 • raisingspecialkids.org

Raising Special Kids is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free support, guidance and resources to parents raising children (up to age 26) with any type of disability. Raising Special Kids provides training, information and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children. This is a good starting place to connect with other parents who have “walked the walk” and can help you get your questions and concerns answered.

Ridge Zeller Therapy   
3160 N. Arizona Ave, Suite 105 , Chandler
480-365-9981 •

Ridge Zeller Therapy is an Arizona speech pathology, occupational therapy and psychoeducational services group with a successful track record of providing comprehensive speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, psychoeducational services and autism spectrum disorder evaluations to children and adults in greater Phoenix.

Scottsdale Children’s Institute
22605 N. Miller Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale
480-410-4060 •

Scottsdale Children’s Institute offers an inclusive, structured, scientific approach to teaching that is based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. Provides a learner-driven, positive environment that fosters a love of learning in each and every student.

S.E.E.K. Arizona
1830 S. Alma School Road, Suite 130, Mesa • 4425 W. Olive Ave., Suite 167, Glendale
480-902-0771 •

S.E.E.K. Arizona offers several evidence-based behavioral health services for clients who wish to learn appropriate, safe, and positive behavior choices to improve their quality of life and relationships with others. S.E.E.K. Arizona specializes in working with children and young adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities, but offers programming that meets the needs of individuals with varying diagnoses. Services include direct care support, counseling, intensive behavior coaching, family training, social skills and social thinking programs, and intensive evidenced-based classroom programming through the Life Skills Learning Academy and BRIEF program. Many services are offered via telehealth as well as in person. All children and adult services are led by professionals who have extensive training or certifications in Applied Behavior Analysis and are experienced with developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders or autism spectrum disorders.

SEEDs for Autism
3420 S. Seventh St., Phoenix
602-253-4471 •

SEEDs supports youth and adults impacted with autism ages 15 and up. Services include summer camps, social events, and a year-round resource for life, social and vocational development. SEEDS for Autism has contracts with Vocational Rehabilitation, is a vendor for ESA and accepts private pay. SEEDs mentors alongside participants to teach them hands-on skills learned within classrooms and in a makerspace. Students learn all aspects of making, selling, and marketing products they make.

Silver Lining Riding
7220 N. 185th Ave., Waddell

Silver Lining Ridings Adaptive Riding and Adaptive Horsemanship programs focus on teaching riding and horsemanship skills while challenging students physically, cognitively and socially. A disability does not have to limit a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Horseback riding rhythmically moves the body in a manner similar to a human gait, and students with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

SOHO Dental AZ
4901 N. 44th St., Suite 102, Phoenix
480-779-0227 •

A compassionate provider in oral health with a mission of improving access to care for children and adults with special healthcare needs. Committed to providing high-quality, comfortable care to patients, while promoting oral health through collaborative programs directed at prevention, outreach, education and advocacy. By recognizing the unique needs of each patient, SOHO individualizes treatment to promote a lifetime of comfortable dentistry.

Southwest Autism Center of Excellence
Valleywide locations

Birth to adulthood (members throughout the lifespan). Depending on the needs of individuals and their families, we may provide services such as ongoing therapies, DIR/Floortime, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, housing stability goals, employment, education, healthcare, and other services. During evaluation or reassessment, adults may have a comprehensive assessment using the Aspire model, which helps participants create deeper social connections and develop independence. Determining appropriate housing and supports are crucial for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Special Olympics Arizona
602-230-1200 • specialolympicsarizona.org

The mission of Special Olympics Arizona is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuous opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Suzy Foundation
P.O. Box 24877, Tempe
602-803-0137 •

Suzy Foundation is dedicated to helping individuals with the cost of assistive equipment not covered by insurance. Our hope is that all people may have the same opportunities despite challenges and disabilities.

The Opportunity Tree
Locations in Phoenix, Casa Granda, and Maricopa
602-956-0400 •

Ages 14-22. Youth Transition Program helps youth transitioning out of the school system to develop pathways for the future. The Job Training Program offers interactive activities to help members gain skills to be more independent in their employment. The Adult Day Program helps members increase their independence in daily living, so they can be active in the community and cultivate social skills. Creative Arts Program offers fun and instructive art projects to help members hone skills in following directions and advocating for their wants and needs.

The United School
9590 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
480-860-1339 •

The United School specializes in serving children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in grades 1-12. This ABA-based programming challenges all students to reach their highest academic and social potentials. Two educational tracks are offered to ensure every student is challenged to the highest level of their abilities. The objective of the 8:1 Transition Track is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to integrate into a less restrictive/mainstream school upon completing 8th grade (or sooner). The 4:1 Main Track is for students needing a little more support and introduces vocational/life skills courses in the high school level. All students benefit from Direct Instruction methodology and challenging curriculum, as well as a full scope of extracurricular programming, including music, PE, art and social skills classes

UCP of Central Arizona
1802 W. Parkside Lane, Phoenix
602-943-5472 •

UCP of Central Arizona operates an inclusive Early Learning Center (for ages 6 weeks-5 years) and provides home care (for any age) and Clinic and Home Therapy Services (occupational, physical, speech and language, feeding therapy) for children up to age 12. Our personalized programs are dedicated to advancing the independence, productivity and self-sufficiency of each individual.

Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center
12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 201, Scottsdale
480-481-7190 •

Offers Adaptive Sports Academy, an inclusive basketball program adapted for children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each participant partners with a volunteer to learn the fundamental skills of basketball. This fun program fosters self-confidence and self-esteem in a community environment.

Wild West Children’s Dentistry
4102 N. 24th St., Suite B2, Phoenix
602-956-2024 •

Wild West Children’s Dentistry offers Saturday and evening appointments, digital X-rays (for lower radiation), sedation (oral and general anesthesia) and free transportation (subject to availability). Recent movies are available for young patients’ entertainment. Emergencies and walk-ins welcome. Accepts most private insurance and AHCCCS plans. Discounts available for non-insured patients. Se habla Español.

Young Minds Community Center
3202 E Mountain View Rd., Phoenix
612-265-6754 •

YMCC provides clinical expertise in autism and excellence in early childhood education to provide a comprehensive, transdisciplinary approach that delivers the best possible outcomes for children with and without autism.


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