Becoming part of the economic fabric of one’s community is vital for developing a sense of pride and improving quality of life. Our 10,000 square foot Vocational & Life skills Academy (VLSA), opened in 2009, is designed for students with autism.
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.
First Place Transition Academy
The First Place AZ Transition Academy, operated by SARRC, is an intensive and comprehensive community based state-of-the-art transition program for adults with autism. First Place AZ, a nonprofit organization founded by SARRC Co-founder, Denise D. Resnik, focuses on the key components adults need to be successful and achieve independence.
Within the Transition Academy program, SARRC uses applied behavior analytic teaching strategies to work on these important independent living skills such as, daily living, social, and employment skills. These skills are taught through a 35-course sequence leading to a certificate, consisting of classes on finances, interpersonal relationships, advocacy, personal safety and many more, all completed at various community college campuses. Skills are also taught within their own apartments. Students also participate in paid internship programs, leading to competitive employment by graduation.
Comprehensive Behavioral Program (All ages)
The Comprehensive Behavioral Program provides intensive, ABA intervention across environments to meet the needs of adults with ASD and their families. Treatment is primarily implemented in an individual’s home and community.
Families receive a weekly parent training session, several weekly 1:1 intervention sessions, program management, and supervision from a BCBA. Individualized goals are developed in coordination with the adult’s family, and focus on language, social, adaptive behavior, leisure, cognitive development and independence.
To learn more about our Comprehensive Behavioral Program, please contact Yvonne Jurrens at 480.269.8849.
Vocational assessments are conducted to evaluate a client’s strengths, barriers and interests related to employment. This assessment is a valuable first step for older teens and adults as they begin exploring a path toward their employment endeavors.
For more information, please contact Pilar Dowling at 480.603.3283.
SARRC creates partnerships with local and national employers to increase competitive employment opportunities for adults, while teaching appropriate work behaviors, building social skills and providing specialized vocational training. Clients receive a functional assessment to identify job readiness skills; development of vocational goals, supports, and accommodations; resume and job interview preparation; and on-the-job training and coaching.
SARRC's social enterprise, Beneficial Beans, uses methods and disciplines of business along with the power of the marketplace to generate revenue and create internship opportunities for adults with autism with the Beneficial Beans Garden.
These opportunities build transferable skills likely to lead to on-the-job success and financial independence, while raising community awareness about the employability of individuals with autism.