Special needs resources in Arizona

A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
sponsored by Kile & Kupiszewski Law Firm

Arizona Attorney General’s Office
2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
602-542-5025 • azag.gov

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 Education Exceptional Students Services
602-542-4013 • azed.gov/specialeducation

Arizona Department of Education Exceptional Students Services 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, AZ Find/Child Find, a glossary of acronyms and terms, and more.


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

Arizona Institute for Autism provides Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services by highly trained clinicians and experts in special education and behavioral health. Our 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.


Arizona Department of Health Services, special needs resources, Arizona

Arizona Department of Health Services Office for
Children with Special Health Care Needs

150 N. 18th Ave., Phoenix
602-542-1860 • ocshcn@azdhs.gov

The ADHS Office 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.


AZ Aspire Academy, special needs resources, Arizona

AZ Aspire Academy
Campuses in Goodyear, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson
480-420-6630 • azaspireacademy.com

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.


Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, special needs resources, Arizona

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
2025 N. Third St., Suite 250, Phoenix
602-283-1573 • devereuxaz.org

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.


DMG Children's Rehabilitative Services

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

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.


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

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.


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

HOPE Group stands for Honoring and Optimizing the Potential in Everyone. Since 1997, we have provided services to those diagnosed with developmental and neurological disorders, including autism spectrum disorder. As a qualified vendor with the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), we provide habilitation and respite services for ages 2 through adulthood. We also serve our community as a vendor through Vocational Rehabilitation services for youth in transition through adulthood. We offer HOPE for a more successful life!


Kile & Kupiszewski Law Firm, LLC
8727 E. Via de Commercio, Scottsdale
480-348-1590 • kilekuplaw.com

Our law firm provides services to help you navigate the legal challenges families face when they have a child with special needs. We can help you 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. We can safeguard your planning for someone with a disability by creating a special needs trust. We also handle guardianship proceedings for children with special needs who are turning 18 and still need a decision maker. Everyone on our team will listen carefully to you because we value relationships with our clients above all else. Our attorneys will guide you through the legal process, making sure you understand and are fully informed about your options. Together we will determine which option is best for you and formulate a plan.


Law Office of Richard J. Murphy, PLC
Serving students with disabilities across Arizona
602-296-4962 • phoenixspecialedlawyer.com

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


Raising Special Kids, special needs, Arizona, parent support

Raising Special Kids
5025 E. Washington St., Suite 204, Phoenix
602-242-4366 or 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. raisingspecialkids.org


Ryan House, respite care, special needs, chronic illness

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

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.


S.E.E.K. Arizona

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

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. We specialize in working with children and young adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities, but offer 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 our Life Skills Learning Academy and BRIEF program. Many of our 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


Southwest Autism Center of Excellence

Southwest Autism Center of Excellence
11221 N. 28th Drive, Phoenix • 1255 W. Baseline Road, #138, Mesa • 2850 N. 24th St., Phoenix
602-388-1700 • saceaz.org

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.


SARRC, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, special needs, resources, autism, Arizona

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
300 N. 18th St., Phoenix
602-340-8717 • autismcenter.org

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; increasing independence and producing meaningful outcomes; and the individualized needs of the children, adolescents, adults and families we serve.


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

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 United School for Autism, special needs, resources, Arizona

The United School
9590 E. Shea Blvd., Building C, Scottsdale
480-860-1339 • schoolforautism.org

The United School’s rigorous programming challenges K-12 students to reach their highest academic and social potentials. We work closely with parents and specialists to determine the precise goals to be achieved in these two hemispheres. Our objective is to prepare each student with the knowledge and skills needed to integrate into mainstream schools. As research supports, early intervention is key to targeting essential social and academic skill sets needed for successful mainstream integration. As a result, we work closely with many ABA agencies in the Valley who believe in this same principle, and it’s why we’ve committed ourselves to growing our lower school capacity (K-2) year after year. We are aware that a mainstream school is not always a good fit for all, which is why our amazing program continues to challenge our students up to grade 12.


RELATED: Articles about navigating special needs in Arizona