National & State Scan: Arizona

  • The lead agency in with oversight of policy and services for children and youth with an ASD is the Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Division of Developmental Disabilities; other state agencies contributing to the work and services include the Department of Education Exceptional Student Services, and the Department of Health Services Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • State-level commission or workgroup pertaining to ASDs: In the 2010 legislative session, Senate Bill 1181 was approved, establishing the Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force. The purpose of the task force was to examine the services provided by state agencies, schools, and other organizations relating to the treatment and resources available to individuals with an ASD and their families. The task force was charged with identifying problems and recommending solutions for the availability and coordination of treatment and services
  • Notable state-level transition-related activities specific to students with disabilities include: the annual Arizona Transition Conference, supported by the Arizona Department of Education; and the Arizona Secondary Transition Mentoring Program, supported through a partnership with the Arizona Department of Education and The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning
  • Unique customized employment programs within the state for individuals with an ASD include: SEEDS for Autism, a Phoenix-based nonprofit program dedicated to teaching adults with an ASD a variety of job skills related to the arts; and the Vocational and Life Skills Academy through the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) of young adults with an ASD to explore their interest in potential careers while learning necessary life skills
  • The percentage of youth with special health care needs who received the services necessary to make transitions to all aspects of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence, as reported in 2009/10 for AZ, 35.6% (n=293)