The mission of Arizona Autism United is to help as many families as possible with individualized supports. Our vision is to become a model autism organization that provides comprehensive services across the lifespan, with facilities throughout the state of Arizona.
Arizona Autism United was founded in 2006 by current CEO Dr. Aaron Blocher-Rubin and a group of local families who were experiencing firsthand a shortage of quality care. Their concept was to develop a nonprofit organization whose sole focus was providing high-quality direct services and supports to children and families in our community so that anyone in need could get help.
What has made AZA United unique from the beginning is the organization’s focus on involving the families we serve in the process of building and improving the organization. Arizona Autism United has grown from a staff of 1 to 500, serving hundreds of children every day throughout the valley with a wide variety of therapies and supports. Parents continue to lead the way as board members, committee leaders and volunteers. We believe that involving families at all levels is the key to improving service delivery systems and child outcomes, both now and for the future. Together, we are helping today and building tomorrow.
Vision for the Future
Our goal is to help anyone affected by autism access individualized supports without barriers, to achieve a high quality of life. In the long-term, we hope to become a statewide organization serving the lifespan of people with autism, able to respond quickly and effectively to anyone in need. Our parents help us grow by identifying community needs and working with us to develop innovative and compassionate solutions. We believe that every family and person with autism has their own definition of success, and our job is to help them get there.