Arizona Autism United—AZA United—announces a $265,000 grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to help launch a new diagnostic clinic in Phoenix for children and youth with special needs.
The new clinic will be at the main office, 5025 E. Washington St., Suite 212, in Phoenix, according to a press release, detailing the generous grant for AZA United to expand access to “diagnostic services and coordinated care.”
By establishing a diagnostic and evaluation clinic for children with special needs, the clinic will offer evaluations and diagnostic services for youths who present developmental delays and/or have other behavior challenges.
The diagnostic and evaluation clinic will be led by a clinical psychologist who will provide complex reporting and documentation needed to support access to appropriate services.
Additionally, this grant will augment the nonprofit’s Family Support Specialist program, providing families with necessary guidance upon diagnosis so they can obtain services and therapies as soon as possible, noted the release.
“We know that one of the most pervasive barriers to adequate special needs care is the months-long wait lists that local families must endure before receiving a diagnosis,” said Aaron Blocher-Rubin, founder of AZA United, in a prepared statement.
“For so many families, this means months of missed opportunities for positive growth and change for children with developmental disabilities – often with long-term negative repercussions. Our new clinic will cut down those wait times by allowing us to do screenings and diagnoses in-house and then begin providing therapeutic care much faster.”
Planning is underway to develop the new clinic, the release said, adding AZA United anticipates having staff in place to begin offering diagnostic services to the public beginning in late 2021.
For more information, visit pipertrust.org; and AZAunited.org.