Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference
Promote Strengths & Inspire Success
Directory of Vendors and Exhibitors
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL)
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) advocates personal responsibility—by and for people with disabilities—as a means to independence. To help consumers achieve self-sufficiency, ABIL offers comprehensive programs, including: independent living skills instruction; information and referral; peer support; advocacy; home modifications; ADA training and counsel; outreach to rehab centers and early intervention for newly disabled individuals; reintegration from nursing homes; employment services; Social Security work incentives; empowering youth in transition programs; personal assistant services; and social recreational programs. For more information, see www.abil.org.
Benefits 2 Work is a statewide program of ABIL’s that educates and supports individuals receiving Social Society benefits in understanding how employment and benefits work together. Assistance can be provided through Work Incentive Consultants and/or through the Disability Benefits 101 (DB101). DB101 is a user-friendly online tool that helps individuals work through the misunderstandings and confusion of Social Security benefits, health care, and employment. DB101 can also be used in effective transition planning with or without the student’s receiving benefits. DB101 can ease fears and empower young people and their parents in making informed decisions that will lead to a more financially productive life. DB101 is available at www.az.db101.org.
Arizona Center for Disability Law
The Arizona Center for Disability Law is a not-for-profit public interest law firm, dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with a wide range of physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory, and intellectual disabilities. The Center advocates for the legal rights of persons with disabilities to be free from abuse, neglect, and discrimination in education, health care, housing, employment, and other services, in order for them to become independent and achieve equality. Center staff provide short-term and technical assistance, legal advice, direct legal services, and trainings on disability-related issues that meet our priorities. Funded through federal, state, and local grants, the Center does not charge clients for our services.
Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH)
ACDHH was established in 1977 to improve the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing residents. ACDHH serves as a statewide information referral center for issues related to people with hearing loss. ACDHH aspires to be a national leader in communication access, support services, and community empowerment throughout the state. Our mission is to ensure, in partnership with the public and private sectors, accessibility for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind; persons with speech difficulties; and these clients’ families to improve their quality of life.
Arizona Relay Service 7-1-1
Arizona Relay Service (AZRS) is a 24-hour, free public service provided by the State of Arizona and administered by the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH). AZRS allows people who are hearing, deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have difficulty speaking to communicate with each other via the telephone. Through specialized equipment, relay users communicate freely with friends, family, and businesses that use a standard telephone. You can access relay by simply dialing 7-1-1. Arizona Relay Service is available with no restrictions on length or number of calls made, although long distance charges may apply. Please visit us at www.azrelay.org.
Arizona State Credit Union
Arizona State Credit Union is a local financial cooperative committed to meeting members’ needs with enhanced services and community outreach programs. With $1.6 billion in assets and more than 130,000 members, the credit union supports Arizona communities with a full line of financial products and services available online and at 21 statewide locations. A cooperative is a business that is owned jointly by its members with profits and benefits shared among them. Arizona State Credit Union uses this business model to work in a collaborative spirit as opposed to a competitive one. We believe that when people work together toward a common goal, we all succeed. When you participate in our local financial cooperative, the money stays right here, helping fellow Arizonans. We contribute both time and money to local organizations that work to improve local neighborhoods and assist those in need. We’re all in this together so what benefits one of us, benefits us all.
Arizona Talking Book Library
The Talking Book Library, www.azlibrary.gov/talkingbooks, provides free audio and Braille services for persons with visual impairments and physical limitations. All materials are provided free of cost and delivered via the US Postal Service and downloadable mobile app. Books, magazines, movies, and newspapers are comparable to circulated items available at public libraries. All business is conducted over the phone or through e-correspondence and mail. To schedule a tour of the library or request a presentation, please email at email@example.com.
Arizona Technology Access Program—ADE Assistive Technology Loan Library
The Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP) is a statewide, Phoenix-based program of Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Human Development (www.adeatloan.org). Our mission is to connect people with disabilities with the assistive technology they need to participate as fully as possible in activities that matter to them. At AzTAP, we assist persons with disabilities of all types and ages, as well as family members, service providers, employers, and the general public to become better educated about the value and use of assistive technology. AzTAP offers a comprehensive set of programs and services, including:
• Demonstrating AT devices from our inventories of approximately 4,000 AT-related products
• Lending out devices for short-term use (includes operating the ADE Short-Term AT Loan Library)
• Consulting with clients to help them select and obtain technology that matches their unique needs
• Operating an online equipment reuse program
• Providing affordable financial loans to help people buy the technology they need
• Training and providing educational programs and technical assistance
Autism Academy for Education and Development
The Autism Academy for Education and Development (www.autismacademyed.com) offers individualized educational programs exclusively for students with autism spectrum disorder. We strive to improve the lives of each student by addressing each individual’s needs academically, socially, and behaviorally. All students receive instruction through comprehensive curriculum and special art, PE, music, and yoga classes.
• K–12 curriculum includes the PCI Reading Program, Soar to Success Reading Intervention Program, Raz-Kids (supplemental reading support), AbleNet Equals Mathematics, and Unique Learning System.
• High school curriculum includes PCI Reading, Soar to Success Reading Intervention Program, AGS Exploring Literature, Equals Math, Momentum Math, PRO-ED Pre-Algebra, and Algebra City. Science and social studies are integrated utilizing a standards-based curriculum.
• Support for our families doesn’t end with the school day. We have parent trainings, the Parent Partnership Program, and the Bridge Program, facilitated by our behavior specialist.
Beacon Group is a comprehensive community rehabilitation program providing employment-related transition services and job-discovery services to students with disabilities 16 years of age and older to assist them in making seamless transitions from school to work. Beacon Group provides services in both the Tucson and Phoenix metropolitan areas, as well as the rural counties of southeastern Arizona.
Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing brain injuries and to improving the lives of individuals with brain injuries through prevention, education, information, and community support. Resource facilitators work with individuals, families, and professionals to provide information and make appropriate connections to community services and organizations. Our extensive list of statewide resources can be accessed on our website, BIAAZ.org, or by calling our help-line, 1-888-500-9165, or our bilingual Spanish/English help-line, 1-520-310-3301. In addition, the BIAAZ offers education for survivors, family members, and professionals, annual conferences, and “in-service” sessions for companies and organizations. The BIAAZ also offers various opportunities for recreational and social activities.
Bridgeway College Success Program/ New Way Academy
The mission of the Bridgeway College Success Program is to provide support, resources, and guidance to postsecondary students with learning and attention challenges or to students who are on the autism spectrum as they transition to higher educational and vocational opportunities. Many factors are involved in students’ college success and Bridgeway is there for them throughout the entire process. Bridgeway works to support students even before classes begin by helping with college applications and advising students on their course schedules. In addition to tutoring, Bridgeway offers workshops, helps with career planning, and even provides opportunities to have fun. Bridgeway has planned social events because the importance of building relationships with peers is vital to students’ overall happiness and success. Bridgeway’s holistic approach equips students to be successful, feel happier about themselves, and accomplish their goals. Students enrolled in community colleges, four-year colleges, technical schools, and vocational programs are eligible to apply (including high school seniors enrolled in these programs).
Founded in 1968, New Way Academy is Arizona’s only independent, nonprofit school for students with learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD. The mission of New Way Academy is to educate students with learning differences in order to fulfill their potential. All students at New Way Academy have a diagnosed learning disability. New Way Academy currently serves over 150 students in kindergarten through twelfth grades, who come to the school from across the greater Phoenix area. The learning profile of each New Way student is unique, as is the educational plan that is developed for each student upon enrollment. By providing state-of-the-art opportunities for remediation, such as on-site reading therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, as well as rigorous academic courses and opportunities to engage in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, New Way Academy seeks to empower students with learning differences to understand and overcome their areas of challenge while building upon their areas of strength.
Chapel Haven, Inc.
Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven, a transitional independent living program with locations in Connecticut and Arizona, teaches young adults 18 years of age and older with developmental and social disabilities, including Asperger’s syndrome, how to live independent and productive lives. These transitional two-year residential programs provide learning in practical academics, job development, life skills, apartment living, social communicative competence, recreation, and help with college. Students transition into a community apartment with lifelong support services and a continuing education component. A four- and an eight-week summer program are available.
Division of Developmental Disabilities
The Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, advocates, community members, and service providers, will develop, enhance, and support environments that will enable individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve and maintain physical well-being, personal and professional satisfaction, participation as family and community members, and safety from abuse and exploitation.
EPS Literacy and Intervention
For over 60 years, EPS has been the leading provider of K–12 solutions to help on-level and struggling students reach their academic goals. Our programs connect time-tested content and innovation to put the power of differentiation at the fingertips of every educator so they can quickly and effectively meet the individual needs of all their students.
Foundation for Blind Children
Founded in 1952, the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) is a national leader that creates opportunities for anyone with vision loss, serving the blind and visually impaired of all ages, from birth through adulthood. (We currently serve one client who is 102 years old.) Our mission is to provide education, tools, and services that enable all persons with vision loss to achieve greater independence. Our vision is to have a world in which vision loss is a diagnosis, not a disability. The FBC is a cohesive support system servicing all ages by providing a unique and comprehensive system of services, such as rehabilitation training, assistive technology, education, and communication. FBC has the largest pre-school for blind children in the nation, currently serving more than 75 students on three campuses.
Governor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families
ASPIRE: How do you best support youth transitioning into the workforce? Six states will partner to recruit and enroll 2,000 youth ages 14–16 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). One-half of the youth (1,000) will receive a variety of interventions to improve their education and employment outcomes.
AmeriCorps: Organizations in the community are awarded AmeriCorps funding to recruit, train, and supervise passionate and service-minded individuals who provide a direct service to the community in an identified area of need. These AmeriCorps service members may receive a living allowance during their term and will receive an education award upon successful completion of their AmeriCorps term of service. Come visit us to learn more about AmeriCorps and ASPIRE!
H.D. Educational Services
H.D. Educational Services empowers young adults with learning challenges to become successful in college or vocational programs and to learn skills for living independently. Sue Giannetti and Kathy Harrington, both certified special education teachers, consult with families on transition issues, research optimal academic and vocational programs for students, assist with applications and placement, and instruct student in academics, executive functioning, and self-advocacy and communication skills needed for success. Our C.A.P. program (College Action Plan) supports college and vocational students in navigating the first years of college or postsecondary training. C.A.P. students receive not only weekly tutoring in academic subjects but also support with time management, organization, understanding their learning profiles, and advocating for themselves. Passionate about empowering students for whom school is a challenge, Kathy and Sue are able to connect with young adults and their families and develop plans for their future successes. H.D. Educational Services also offers special education consulting and advocacy, tutoring for students of all grades, executive function coaching, and one-to-one and small group instruction in the necessary skills of managing finances, budgeting, eating healthfully, handling crises, communicating with roommates, and learning to live independently. Contact us: www.hdedaz.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Independent Living Experiences
Independent Living Experience (ILE) is a customized support service for adults with disabilities. ILE offers comprehensive services, including independent living and social supports, as well as the supports needed to transition into the workforce.
The Institute for Human Development
The Institute for Human Development is a research and training program located on campus at Northern Arizona University. Our program is part of a national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The vision of the Institute for Human Development is that people with disabilities fully participate in all of life’s experiences.
Life Development Institute (LDI)
LDI offers internationally recognized and fully accredited summer, high school, college, and career-focused programs for youth and adults with learning disabilities, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD), pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), and similar conditions. LDI accepts day students, district-referred students, Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) scholarships, and private referrals.
Our SpecialCare Planning Team’s mission is to help make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with special needs, their parents/caregivers, and other family members, along with the support of their advocates and allies. Our knowledgeable and dedicated SpecialCare Planners, many of whom focus on this field because of close ties to individuals with disabilities or other special needs in their own lives, assist families with developing valuable financial strategies and creating strategic financial solutions that integrate with government programs and other community support. Through our network of organizations, professionals, and specialists, we can provide referrals to further assist families with their life care planning needs. We also help coordinate family education and communication.
Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs
The Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN), works to promote and improve systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs, their families, and the communities in which they live. OCSHCN assists families by providing information and referral to available services and no-cost training for families and professionals on best practices related to medical home, cultural competence, transition to adulthood, and health advocacy. Visit OSCHCN at www.azdhs.gov/phs/ocshcn, call us at (602) 542-1860 or 1 (800) 232-1676, or email us at OCSHCN@azdhs.gov.
OCSHCN is sharing an exhibitor table with AZ ASSIST, a community of families of teens and young adults on the autism spectrum in which self-advocacy and independence are promoted and encouraged. A great group of autistic adults mentor our youth and a variety of professionals generously share their time and expertise. Monthly meetings to explore transition issues, as well as social events in the community, provide opportunities for parents and youth to establish a community of support. Join AZ ASSIST as we learn about transition, share our experiences, celebrate our successes, and support each other on the journey to independence. Find out more: www.azassist.com, www.facebook.com/azassist, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pieceful Solutions is an organization created specifically to offer children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities comprehensive schooling using innovative teaching techniques. We work cooperatively with students and parents to set, plan, and achieve goals that focus on academics, social and emotional development, and life skills. Starting this next school year 2014–2015, we will be the first tuition-free, nonprofit charter school in the east valley, specifically enrolling students with autism and other developmental delays.
Prentke Romich Company (PRC)
PRC believes that everyone deserves a voice. Families, clinicians, and special educators select PRC augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices as part of a communication strategy to assist a wide range of individuals with communication disabilities. For more than forty-five years, PRC has led the industry in providing AAC solutions with advanced communication technology and language development systems. Visit us and learn more about our latest AAC solutions including the new Accent 800, 1000, and 1200, Words for Life NOVA Edition, LAMP: Words for Life iPad application, new training opportunities and services, and updates to our AAC Language Lab. We believe that 100% employee ownership demonstrates our dedication to innovative, quality communication technology products and our customer-driven service standards. Contact us via e-mail: email@example.com; or at www.prentrom.com.
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.
Rehabilitation Services Administration
Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration (AzRSA) partners with eligible individuals who have disabilities in order for them to achieve their chosen employment outcomes and enhanced independence by offering comprehensive services and supports. AzRSA follows the guiding principles outlined below:
- Promote the transformative power of independence through the achievement of client goals.
- Facilitate and encourage full and active client participation.
- Provide effective and quality services.
- Be creative and responsible in the provision of services.
- Support community inclusion and social development.
- Collaborate with community organizations, federal/state agencies, clients, employers, and businesses.
AzRSA oversees several programs designed to assist individuals with disabilities in improving or increasing their independence through employment or enhanced independent living. The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program provides services and supports in order to assist individuals with disabilities in meeting their employment goals. High school students may apply for VR services at any point in their high school experience when they are ready to begin planning for their employment goals.
Saltillo Corporation manufactures augmentative and alternative communication devices for individuals who are unable to use their natural voices. Visit our booth to view our NOVA chat family of devices and TouchChat, our AAC language app.
SEEDs For Autism
SEEDs (Success through Education, Exploration, and Development) For Autism is a nonprofit organization that supports vocational skills for young adults affected by autism. These individuals are discovering genuine marketable skills and learning powerful strategies that reshape their entire outlook. This program also teaches them how to create some absolutely beautiful artwork made by their own hands. SEEDs, as a local grassroots approach, is entrepreneurial, practical, and changes lives by building self-esteem and social skills while training for meaningful employment.
Social Security Administration
Social Security delivers a broad range of services online at socialsecurity.gov and through a nationwide network of over 1,400 offices that include regional offices, field offices, card centers, teleservice centers, processing centers, hearing offices, the Appeals Council, and our State and territorial partners, the Disability Determination Services.
People with serious and lifelong disabilities have the same hopes and dreams as everyone—to live in the community; relate with friends and family; engage in meaningful work; and sustain a healthy life. Yet, many people with developmental disabilities don’t have access to health care, education, safe homes, jobs, or social opportunities. The Sonoran UCEDD (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) at the University of Arizona works in partnership with the community to create and expand opportunities for people with developmental disabilities as they navigate life’s transitions through interdisciplinary education, programs and services, information dissemination, research, and an impact on policy. http://sonoranucedd.fcm.arizona.edu.
Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center
Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment, and community outreach. We are one of the only autism organizations in the world that provides a lifetime of services for individuals and their families while also conducting cutting-edge research. We’re also an entrepreneurial nonprofit, with less than three percent of annual revenue coming from state and federal funding. Our 18,000-square-foot Campus for Exceptional Children and our 10,000-square-foot Colonel Harland D. Sanders Center for Autism Studies, co-located with our Vocational & Life Skills Academy (VLSA), are state-of-the-art clinical centers that serve as models for similar research and resource facilities. Becoming part of the economic fabric of one’s community is vital for developing a sense of pride and improving quality of life. The VLSA allows individuals to express interest in potential careers while learning necessary life skills to enhance their ability to live and work more independently. The academy works to model best practices that include typical mentors and staff support.
Special Olympics Arizona
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Since 1986, Spinitar has helped educators advance technology in the classroom through the implementation and integration of audiovisual hardware, software, and presentation equipment. One of Spinitar’s most popular solutions among educational institutions includes the suite of easy-to-use VariQuest Visual Learning Tools. VariQuest Visual Learning Tools enable you to set up a Student Store—a real-world, hands-on, student-run business that provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply actual business skills before going out into the real world. Students build real-life work experience that they can list on their résumés, all while participating in each of the activities that are critical elements in running an actual business successfully. Students are included in product-offering decisions, pricing development and promotional strategies, costs analysis, and profit accounting. Spinitar is a California-based company that has provided products, services, sales support, technical support, design, and installation services for audiovisual hardware, software, and presentation equipment for over 25 years.
Founded in 1973, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides exceptional services to teens and adults with disabilities throughout the metro-Phoenix area. STARS participants include individuals with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, or other cognitive, physical, and sensory challenges. STARS provides: community-based employment opportunities, vocational work centers, and adult day programs. Day programs include STEP, a specialized program for adults on the autism spectrum. In addition, STARS’s Transitions Program provides services to youth and families in need of a stepping-stone between school and post-school life. This program offers case management, benefits assistance, and training opportunities. Also included in the Transition Program is the Young Adult Transition Training Program (YATTP). Offered after school and during school breaks, YATTP helps youth develop soft skills such as grooming, punctuality, and getting along with others, all in a dynamic and interactive learning environment. Contact STARS at (480) 994-5704, (480) 607-1301, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the Internet at www.starsaz.org.
State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)
Serving all citizens of Arizona, the mission of the Arizona Governors State Rehabilitation Council is to advise, evaluate, and partner with the public vocational rehabilitation program in support of improving access to employment and promoting a diverse workforce statewide.
Arizona Department of Education,
Exceptional Student Services
Arizona Department of Economic Security,
Rehabilitation Services Administration,
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Division of Developmental Disabilities
|Arizona Department of Health Services,
Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs