Resources for adults with autism

Workability/UCPSA: provides a variety of employment supports for transition age youth and adults with disabilities with the goal of competitive and integrative employment. These services include but are not limited to: Work Readiness Skills; Work-Based Learning Experiences; Career Exploration; Post-Secondary Counseling; Job Coaching and Development; Self-Advocacy Training; Peer-to-Peer Mentoring; Disability Awareness Training for Employers; and Education and Outreach to the Community.

Website: http://www.workabilityucpsa.org  // www.ucpsa.org 

Phone: 520-344-8250

Email: workability@ucpsa.org

DIRECT Center of Independence: advocates for disability rights and justice empowering individuals to achieve their self-identified independent living goals, promotes the independent living philosophy and principles of consumer control, informed choice, community integration, and dignity of risk.

Website: http://directilc.org/

Phone: 520-624-6452

Toll-free: 1-800-342-1853

Email: direct@directilc.org

RSA – Rehabilitation Services Administration: provides leadership and resources to assist state and other agencies in providing vocational rehabilitation (VR) and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.

Website:

https://des.az.gov/services/employment/rehabilitation-services/vocational-rehabilitation-vr

To complete form via email:

https://des.az.gov/services/employment/rehabilitation-services/vocational-rehabilitation-vr

Phone: 1-800-563-1221

Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD): Services for adults with developmental disabilities are delivered in the families or individual’s home as well as their community. Services are provided based on each person’s identified needs, state and/or federal guidelines and, when applicable, the availability of funds. Services are authorized and monitored by a support coordinator (case manager). The support coordinator promotes access to community resources and flexibility in meeting the person’s needs. While some services are delivered directly by the state, most services are delivered through a large network of individual and agency contracted providers.

To apply for services, you must complete this online application or call DDD.

Online application: https://ddd.azdes.gov/dddeligibilityrequest/EligibilityRequirements.cshtml

Phone: 602-542-0419 // 844-770-9500

Check eligibility requirements to be accepted and make sure you have necessary/accurate documentation: https://des.az.gov/sites/default/files/10_DDD_Eligibility.pdf

AZ Assist: Whether you are a teen, young adult or parent of someone on the autism spectrum AZ Assist offers support to public services offered. Areas they can assist with: Employment, Housing, SSI/SSDI, DDD, Transportation, Vocational Training, Therapies, and Empowerment Scholarships.

Phone: 480-779-0899 (Ask for Lynne Knudson)

Email: info@azassist.com

Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (SAAVI): Provides a comprehensive rehabilitation program for blind and visually impaired people throughout Arizona. These services include: counseling and support groups to help you with adjustment to your vision loss; home management training; access technology training; orientation and mobility training; career exploration; job readiness, placement and retention; health and wellness and adaptive sports; Diabetes management; college support; remedial education, and GED preparation and English as a Second Language.

Website: http://www.saavi.us/adult-services

Phone: 520-795-1331

Email: reception@saavi.us

SALT Center: The SALT Center inspires students with learning and attention challenges to succeed in higher education. Through the provision of comprehensive academic support services, the SALT Center encourages student engagement, self-awareness, and growth.

The SALT Center aspires to be the leading international model of success in higher education for students with learning and attention challenges.

Website: https://www.salt.arizona.edu/

Phone: 520–621-1242

Email: uasaltcenter@email.arizona.edu

UCEDD: The Sonoran UCEDD is based on the value of full participation by people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life, including the development of support services. Our programs are based on the principles of cultural respect, empowerment, and self-determination. These principles are operationalized by the inclusion of a diverse membership with regard to abilities, culture, age, geography, and experience in our programs and governance.

Website: http://sonoranucedd.fcm.arizona.edu/

Phone: 520-626-0442

Email: ucedd@email.arizona.edu

Project SEARCH: The Sonoran UCEDD is committed to ensuring that students and young adults with developmental disabilities have competitive employment opportunities. Working in partnership  with  southern Arizona employers, disability organizations, service providers,  and government agencies has led to the development of an initiative to bring the model employment program Project SEARCH (link is external) to Arizona. Project SEARCH involves a community business partnership to place students and young adults with disabilities in a business to learn both work place readiness and actual job skills leading to competitive employment. Nationally the program has achieved enormous success with over 70% of Project SEARCH  graduates obtaining jobs in the host or similar businesses.

Website: http://sonoranucedd.fcm.arizona.edu/project-search-arizona

Phone: 520-626-0442

Email: ucedd@email.arizona.edu

 Arizona Center for Disability Law: ACDL is a non-profit law firm that assists Arizonans with disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights to independence, justice, and equality.

Website: https://www.azdisabilitylaw.org/

Phone: (520) 327-9547

Toll-free: 1-800-922-1447

Email: center@azdisabilitylaw.org

Southern Arizona Family Services: Southern Arizona Family Services is a care-giving agency that provides both in-home and community-based services to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. In addition, we also provide in-home services to Tucson’s elderly population.

Website:  http://southernarizonafamilyservices.com/

Phone: 520-512-0200

Or contact via Facebook or Twitter

Behavioral Health Services (must have AHCCCS to qualify): Arizona Complete Health offers whole person health care, providing both medical and behavioral services to individuals with an autism diagnosis.

Phone: 866-495-6738

Website: https://www.azcompletehealth.com/members/medicaid.html

Linkages: Links employers with qualified candidates to ensure every person with a disability and veteran has an opportunity for employment.

Website: https://www.linkagesarizona.org/

Phone: 520-571-8600

Email: info@linkagesarizona.org

Opportunity Tree: Provides quality individualized services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in Casa Grande who need dynamic and innovative environments.

Website: www.TheOpportunityTree.org

Office: 520-836-7666

City of Tucson Disability Resources: Central source of information about community resources, health and human services. Information Specialists help callers clarify their needs, provide referrals to the appropriate organizations and, if needed, will advocate on callers’ behalf. Many of the specialists are bi-lingual and all languages can be accommodated through interpretation. Help on Call is provided 24/7.

Website: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/information-people-disabilities

Information and Referral Line: 520-881-1794

Administrative Offices: 520-323-1303

Tips from Workability on how to support transition to youth:

  • Help your child to improve self-confidence by encouraging them to be independent and participate in making choices for themselves
  • Discuss interests and skills, as they relate to potential jobs with your child
  • Practice professional skills (shaking hands, making eye contact, positive attitude, dressing nicely, etc)
  • Share your personal work experiences (both positive and negative) with your child
  • Encourage life skills that will be important to employers (timeliness, following directions, attendance, self-care, etc)
  • Talk with your child about their employment goals and encourage them to research jobs they may be interested in doing
  • Don’t wait until your child in 18yrs old to have a plan. Your child should be working on transition goals by 14yrs of age