The Southern Arizona Autism Association is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization providing autism awareness in Santa Cruz County. They advocate for families and children living with autism. Their main goal is to provide awareness
throughout Santa Cruz County through education and training. The organization formed in 2013. They currently serve 200 families throughout Southern Arizona and Sonora Mexico. They offer an array of programs including
a support group for parents of children and young adults with special needs. The programs they offer include: Ipad/
tablet gifting program to help aid children who are nonverbal to communicate. Bullying education and training
for parents with special needs children.
Special Olympics Arizona for adults/self-direction and self-advocacy groups. The support group meets twice a month
offering parent education, training, and community events. These services are offered at no cost the community. Southern Arizona Autism Association host their yearly World Autism Awareness Day Celebration every April. They also host a Show and Shine Car Show yearly to help raise funds to help provide therapy services to
children and young adults living with autism. Sponsorships and donations are what help to support this program in our county. The Southern Arizona Autism board of directors are composed of 5 volunteers. The members are: Michelle Jacquez-President, Richard Brennan- Treasurer, Dr. Tanya Henry, Dr. Frank Bejarano, and Cliff
“I enjoy helping families who have children or young adults living with autism. Parents often have questions in
regards to the services available to them. They feel overwhelmed by some of the challenges they face. Parents usually have questions in regards to IEP’s, respite care or occupational therapy. My role within the organization is to
help families navigate the system to get the services they need for their son or daughter,” said Michelle Jacquez.
For information about the services Southern Arizona Autism Association offers, please contact them at: (520) 477-1227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to visit their website for more information at: www.soazaa.org Southern Arizona Autism Association
needs your support.