Resources

Arizona School Choice

This website helps you understand your school choice options.

Special Needs Resource Project

A great source to find resources in your community.

Raising Special Kids

Raising Special Kids exists to improve the lives of children with the full range of disabilities, from birth to age 26, by providing support, training, information and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC)

The SARRC is a nonprofit organization that helps to provide and contribute to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment, and community outreach.

AZ Autism Coalition

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.

Autism Society

The development of five “core competencies” as a means to implement the Autism Society’s Mission and Vision is proposed in the Autism Society’s new strategic plan. Those areas include advocacy, education, support, services, and research.

Autism Now

The Autism NOW Center provides high quality resources and information in core areas across the lifespan to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers, and professional in the field.

Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities

The Arizona Department of Economic Security Division of Developmental Disabilities provides needed supports to people who meet the following eligibility requirements.

Arizona Long Term Care System

The Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) program is for individuals who are 65 or older, blind, or disabled and need ongoing services at a nursing facility level of care.

However, program participants do not have to reside in a nursing home. Many ALTCS participants live in their own homes or an assisted living facility and receive needed in-home services.

Autism Research Institute

ARI focused much of its efforts on studying and disseminating information on behavioral therapy (i.e., Applied Behavior Analysis), as well as nutrition and diet.

Scholarships

Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)

Available to children with an IEP, the ESA seeks to deliver high quality educational options as an alternative to public school. Visit www.azed.gov/esa for more information or see below for more detailed information.

Private Placement

Please contact us for our current tuition rates for private placement.

Corporate Scholarships

The Arizona Leadership Foundation proudly provides scholarship assistance to private schools and Lexie’s Law schools throughout Arizona with no preference to religious or political affiliation. Visit www.arizonaleader.org for more information.

Arizona Scholarship Fund

The mission of Arizona Scholarship Fund is to financially assist parents throughout Arizona in meeting the academic, social, and spiritual needs of their children by providing scholarships that will allow their children to attend the non-governmental school of the parents’ choosing. Visit www.azscholarships.org for more information.

Tax Credits Tops for Kids (TOPS)

TOPS for Kids purpose is to assist children in receiving an Arizona tuition scholarship to attend the private school of their choice. Scholarships are given from the contributions of AZ taxpayers who use the tuition tax credit program. Visit www.topsforkids.com for more information.

EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP ACCOUNT

Available to Arizona students with an IEP, an Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) is a parent or guardian controlled bank account that can be used to pay for tuition and fees at ASCEND. This account is allotted directly to the parents or guardians and has the state funding that the child’s school would receive. The school and district are not involved with how the parent or guardian spends the funds. This program has been made possible by Arizona’s breakthrough education strategies to empower parents when choosing a school for their child.

How can I apply for an ESA?

Follow this link to the Arizona Department of Education website to apply.

How do I know if my child qualifies?

Children deemed eligible to receive special education services who attended an Arizona public school, received an ESA, or received a “Lexie’s Law” scholarship in the previous year may qualify for an ESA.

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