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.
ACCEL’s leading edge entrepreneurial ventures promote a life of dignity and self-worth for individuals with special needs.
The Enterprise program represents training opportunities designed to teach students with special needs specific skills in a safe environment. Our students and adults develop independence and self-confidence as they learn skills that may be transferred to future employment. Some of the skills they develop include customer service, retail sales, inventory tracking, packaging and shipping. In addition, they learn techniques and procedures to create quality merchandise including designer hats, custom greeting cards, silk screening, embroidery, holiday ornaments and making our popular dog biscuits. These items are featured for sale in the Gifted Hands Boutique, on-line and at seasonal sidewalk sales.