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Arizona Autism United

Helping today, building tomorrow

aka AZA United   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  www.AZAunited.org

Mission

Arizona Autism United (AZA United) provides services to children, teens and adults with autism, a developmental disability that begins in early childhood and affects the normal development of a child's natural abilities to talk, play, and interact with others. Our mission is to help as many families as possible with individualized supports.

Ruling year info

2008

President & CEO

Dr. Aaron Blocher-Rubin

Main address

5025 E Washington St Ste 212

Phoenix, AZ 85034 USA

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EIN

16-1738730

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Autism (G84)

Family Services (P40)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Speech and Language Therapy

Using an integrated approach of speech and hearing sciences with applied behavior analysis, our program implements a best practices methodology for helping children with autism learn how to communicate.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

ABA is the most effective research-based intervention available for children with autism and involves up to 40 hours per week of direct therapy to teach children a comprehensive range of life skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This program assists families experiencing very high levels of challenging behavior and life circumstances, so that children can remain in their own home and families can achieve a high quality of life.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In order to get government or private insurance funding for treatment and care, individuals must have a detailed diagnosis of their condition. Qualified diagnosticians in the state of Arizona are scarce and families typically must wait several months to begin a diagnostic evaluation. In 2021, we began offering this service to Arizona families to help ease this complicated process.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems that cause emotional turmoil, improve communication and coping skills, strengthen self-esteem, increase resiliency, and promote behavior change and optimal mental health. AZA United’s Resilient Hearts Counseling Program is built upon evidence-based treatment models, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Adolescents
Preteens

Where we work

Awards

Best Places to Work in the Valley 2008

The Business Journal - Phoenix

Best Places to Work in the Valley 2009

The Business Journal - Phoenix

Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues 2015

City of Phoenix

Top Workplaces 2021

Arizona Republic

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To make all services accessible to any family in need regardless of financial or other barriers.
To serve the autism community statewide.
To serve and support autism throughout the lifespan.

Develop and sustain a broad array of funding sources for direct services including government, insurance, schools, private pay, and fundraising for family scholarships.
Expand office locations and replicate programs/staff throughout the state.
Develop more program for adults by collaborating with other groups and organizations doing excellent work.

500+ direct support staff, multiple funding sources, solid and rapidly improving operational infrastructure, culture of family-centered care and employee development.

Multiple funding sources secured, and some programs now available to any family in need through Family Scholarship Fund.
Working on a 5-year plan to expand offices and programs to other counties.
Starting small collaborations with other organizations to support adults with autism.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Arizona Autism United

Board of directors
as of 08/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Melissa Hulke

CVS

Term: 2022 - 2024

Neely Burkhardt

Magellan Health

Laurent Badoux

Buchalter Law Firm

Lynda McKay

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Melissa Hulke

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Kenneth Webdale

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Stacy Harkins

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Jamey Zurawski

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/28/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/28/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.