We thrive on the gracious generosity of our community members
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized nonprofit that conducts innovative research, promotes evidence-based practices, disseminates effective training and builds inclusive communities for individuals with autism and their families. We are one of the few organizations in the world that provide a lifetime of services.
What is autism?
Autism spectrum disorder is characterized by varying degrees of struggle with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, sensory processing and restricted or repetitive behaviors. Autism can be like a frayed wire, prohibiting the five senses in a variety of ways. Sometimes the signal is perfectly clear, other times the picture is coming in but the sound is piercingly loud, sometimes the wire is so sensitive that the slightest touch sends the machine into overdrive. Autism affects every age group and occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
Progress we've made
One in 68 children nationally are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, making it the most prevalent childhood developmental disorder in the U.S. (CDC 2014). Through SARRC, a diagnosis that previously called for institutionalization as the only option, now gives children and their families a life together, with hopes, realized dreams and a future to look forward to.
How you can help
Whether you generously offer a contribution or decide to volunteer, you are helping to promote SARRC’s early identification processes, adolescent programs and job training courses. Your donation allows children to develop, gives families hope and helps communities thrive.