Foundations and Organizations

American Pony Express

Serving Tucson and Phoenix

Description: American Pony Express can provide ambulatory and non ambulatory transportation. American Pony Express has had a contract with DDD for qualifying members since 1989. Ask your case manager if you qualify, if not American Pony Express will provide discounts for self pay clients. Please call Customer Service Representative Randi Rodriguez at 520-404-0286 for additional discounted transportation services, Taxis, Limousines, Vans and Mini Buses.

Arizona Autism Coalition

P.O. Box 28241 Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Tel: (480) 268-1453
Email: jessica@azautism.org
Website: www.azautism.org
Contact: Jessica Lewis, Coalition Coordinator

Description: The Arizona Autism Coalition is an inclusive stakeholder organization committed to improving the lives of families, providers and educators impacted by autism in the state of Arizona. The Arizona Autism Coalition is dedicated to the sharing of resources and information related to autism, and working with state agencies towards systems change for the betterment of the community.

Arizona Office for Americans with Disabilities

100 North 15th Avenue, Suite 170, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Tel: (602) 542-6276
Fax: (602) 543-6163
Website: www.know-the-ada.com
Contact: Denise Thompson

Description: Provides information, referrals and training to state employees and to the public and private sectors. Also serves as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator for the State of Arizona.

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

1400 W. Washington, Room 126, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Tel: (602) 542-3323
Fax: (602) 542-3380
Tel: (602) 364-0990 TTY
Website: www.acdhh.org
Contact: Christi Samaniego, Information Resource Coordinator

Description: Provides information and referral regarding deaf and hard of hearing issues. Also has an equipment distribution program for hearing and speech impaired individuals.

Bart Stevens Special Needs Planning, LLC

8687 E. Via de Ventura, Suite 308, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Tel: (480) 991-0909
(888) 447-2525
Fax: (480) 556-0714
Email: bart@bssnp.com
Website: www.bssnp.com
Contact: Bart Stevens, Executive Director

Description: Assists families who have a loved one with a disability plan for their future care, supervision and security. Issues addressed include lifestyle, legal, financial needs and government benefits. Services are provided privately and in group workshops. Services include the Special Needs Trust.

BEARR (Baio Enterprises Autism Resource Room) DW Higgins Institute

1805 E. Elliot, Suite 112, Tempe, AZ 85284

Tel: (480) 413-0826
Fax: (480) 413-9365
Website: www.baioenterprises.com/bearrhome.htm
Contact: Wallace, Principal, or Marti Baio, Autism Class Director

Description: Charter school with a K-5 autism classroom developed to model a typical classroom, mainstream children into least restrictive environment, and understand the specific behavioral, communication, social interaction, and sensory needs that interfere with learning and are misunderstood in a typical school environment.

Childrens Choices

Email: childrenschoices@cox.net
Website: www.childrenschoices.org

Description: Non-profit website created by a parent to help support families having children with special needs. Touches on topics such as Autism, ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Also provides valuable information regarding support groups, community resources, summer activities, applying for financial assistance, school screenings and more!

DS Network

4025 E Chandler Blvd, Suite #70-E3, Phoenix, AZ 85048

Tel: (480) 759-9150
Fax: (480) 759-9180
Website: www.dsnetworkaz.org
Contact: Laura Chapnek

Description: DS Network of Arizona provides advocacy, information, education, and networking for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. They are a very special and amazing organization.

Emily Anderson Family Learning Center

1919 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Tel: (602) 546-1400
Fax: (602) 546-1409
Email: emilyc@phxchildrens.com
Website: www.phxchildrens.com/emilycenter
Contact: Teresa Boeger

Description: Pediatric consumer health library with materials in English and Spanish. Books checked out for three weeks, videos for one week. Staffed by nurses who can research a health issue and mail to patrons.

Greater Phoenix Chapter Autism Society of America

P.O. Box 10543, Phoenix, AZ 85064

Tel: (480) 940-1093
Email: gpcasa@hotmail.com
Website: www.autism-society.org
Contact: Jim Adams, President

Description: Volunteer organization committed to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Helps individuals with autism become participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education and autism-related research.

Raising Special Kids

2400 N. Central Avenue, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Tel: (602) 242-4366
(800) 237-3007
Fax: (602) 242-4306
Website: www.raisingspecialkids.org
Contact: Joyce Millard-Hoie, Executive Director

Description: A Parent Training and Information Center for families of children with disabilities and special health care needs. A professional staff of parents and experienced parent-to-parent volunteers, support families of children and youth in central and northern Arizona. Raising Special Kids offers leadership development and training on family-centered care for professionals in medicine, education and social services. Information is available in English or Spanish about local services, special education, early intervention advocacy and special health care needs.

Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona

745 N Gilbert Rd #124 Gilbert AZ 85234

Tel: (480)-926-6500
Email: gina@sharingds.org
Website: www.sharingds.org
Contact: Gina Johnson

Description: Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona provides an uplifting place where parents, families, and community can share the joys and unique challenges of loving a person with Down Syndrome. Monthly support meetings are held to educate and to empower families lucky enough to have a child with Down Syndrome.

Special Olympics Arizona

3816 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014

Tel: (602) 230-1200
Fax: (602) 230-1110
Email: soaz@saoz.org
Website: www.soaz.org
Contact: Chris Hite, Executive Director

Description: Sports training and competition opportunities from volunteer community based organizations. Individuals eligible 8 and older; considered to have mental retardation and/or have closely related developmental disabilities such as those who have functional limitations, both in general learning and adaptive skills such as recreation, work, independent living, self-direction, or self-care. People with functional limitations based solely on physical, behavioral, emotional, specific learning or sensory disabilities are not eligible.