Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills

ACCEL (Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills) is a private, nonprofit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, behavior disorders and intellectual disabilities.

ACCEL provides a comprehensive instructional program using multisensory instruction, personalized attention to individual needs, customized research-based programming, social emotional skills, fundamental life skills, post-graduation career and job training.

Services are provided through the three centers:

ACCEL School Services – Designed to provide students ages 5 to 22 an academic, behavioral, therapeutic and vocational program. Our collaborative team approach affords students a highly structured learning environment with individualized instruction and small class size.

ACCEL Adult Services – Provides lifelong education and vocational training to individuals over 18 years of age with a variety of disabilities, including intellectual impairment and autism spectrum disorder.

ACCEL Bista Center – Provides therapy to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other behavior disorders, as well as learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities. In addition, Bista Center provides assistance to families in obtaining the skills necessary to enrich their lives through applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy.


September 21
Metro Open House
Visit teachers & classrooms
Book Fair Open

September 19 – 23
Metro Book Fair
Mon-Thurs 7:45 am – 3:30 pm
Fri 7:45 – 12:00 pm
Shop Online

October 10 – 14
Fall Break – No School

October 23
Autism Speaks Walk
Tempe Beach Park
Register or Donate


Give to ACCEL. Get a Tax Credit.
Help kids with Special Needs

Thanks to the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Program, state taxpayers can help ACCEL’s children and adults with special needs and be eligible for an Arizona state tax credit up to $400 for individuals and $800 for married couples. Itemization is not required, but donations need to be made by December 31, 2016.
To make an online contribution, click here – DONATE

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We're Back! Friday is ACCEL's Craft and Sidewalk Sale

Stop by and discover all the creative hand crafted items in our first Sidewalk Sale of the season! We will be in ACCEL's front parking lot on 35th Avenue, just south of Peoria from 9am - 2pm. There's lots of unique hand-crafted items made by our students and adult members.
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Congratulations to ACCEL Experienced Teacher, Karein Robertson, and her classroom team of paraprofessionals for achieving the Model Classroom Program this summer! Pictured left to right are Coretta Poocha, Jocelyn Christiansen, Karein Robertson, Leandra Swain, Amanda Scott and Brandon Workman. ... See MoreSee Less

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