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.
“The focus on positive re-enforcement and building her up has been so huge for her. Also, the availability of adaptive recreational equipment (bikes) and the accessibility of the campus has been so great for her. I think she feels successful because she can do things without extra modifications and frustration that she commonly has when she was with typical peers and she couldn't do anything without help.”
“My daughter is new to this sort of school, but failed at many other public schools that thought they could handle her. Finally they understood that Alyssa is who she is and there wasn't anything they could do to change her, giving me the right to place her in a school of my choice. I am so glad I found this school! Alyssa thrives here and I no longer get calls all day from a school that couldn't handle her temper. ;-)”
”ACCEL has such a comfortable friendly atmosphere... They make the parents as welcomed as the kids. My son has flourished at this school and is even telling more jokes. He's excited about going every day, loves learning and is excited to show me what he's done. I love the way they treat my son like everyone else... the communication is awesome ... even the tiniest things they acknowledge and work on with him...good or bad days .. they are always happy to see him the next day and he listens to them. For my son to be this happy at school makes me one happy proud mama and very grateful and thankful for this school!”
“When I first met with someone from ACCEL their 1st question to me was What does your child need? in her previous schools they said this is what we can do for her but at ACCEL they want to meet the needs of the child, they think of the child 1st. We struggled in the other schools trying to get our daughter’s needs met. We are so thankful for ACCEL because their focus is where it should be.”
“So happy! My child has been at ACCEL for 2 years now from a public school that could not meet her special needs. She was hurt from their mistakes. I fought to get her in ACCEL. We won and during the time she has been at ACCEL she has learned so much with her tobi/talker and new skills.”
”My child attended another school since he was 5, but I wish they had sent him to ACCEL then. He has opened up so much and is willing to learn . He has always loved school but at ACCEL, it’s different. He lights up and he had no meltdowns at all this year ... NONE !! You have no idea how amazing and wonderful and exciting that is. It means he is comfortable, even when he is challenged! He stays his path! Words cannot express how much his brother and I love the staff.”
”ACCEL doesn’t give up on their children. There’ve been multiple places that have turned my son away, and to know he finally has a place where he is accepted, words could not explain how happy it makes me. I say thank you.”
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Help kids with Special NeedsThanks 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 April 15, 2019. To make an online contribution
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