ACCEL’s mission is to provide exceptional educational, behavioral, therapeutic, and vocational programs to individuals with special needs, to give them the necessary skills to learn, to work, and to live successfully with dignity and independence.
To serve people who have special needs in Arizona through exceptional programs in education, a wide range of therapy, behavioral development, and vocational training. We turn challenges into possibilities by making the greatest possible impact on the lives of our students, clients and members.
Since 1980, ACCEL has been providing comprehensive instructional programming for children and adults who have special needs. ACCEL is a non-profit organization, and the only private special education school in Arizona nationally accredited by the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES).
In 2019, ACCEL expanded its mission internationally to serve students who have developmental disabilities in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where no special educational opportunities had existed for this community.
ACCEL is committed to doing the right thing for students. The ultimate goal is to help individuals who have disabilities achieve a life of dignity and
self-worth—something that all people, regardless of ability level—deserve.
Our core values
We carry out our mission by enacting ACCEL’s core
values of initiative, accountability, dignity, service and excellence.
OUR VISION: a life of dignity and self-worth.
We demonstrate leadership and self-direction in accomplishing our goals.
We respect the dignity and difference of all individuals and treat everyone with respect under all circumstances.
We strive to maintain the highest standards of integrity and performance at all levels within the organization.
We are personally accountable and responsible for our behavior and our results.
We are passionate about meeting the needs of our clients, employees, community and society and are committed to ensuring quality service.
The ACCEL Leadership team is responsible for developing the organization’s initiatives, directing its education and therapeutic programs, and for providing resources to enrich the lives of children and adults who have special needs.
Our Board of Directors
Christopher Duncan, Farmer Woods Group
Scott Taubman, Ameriprise Financial Services
James Barham, Phoenix IDA
Julia Kolsrud, Associate, May, Potenza, Baran & Gillespie, P.C
Brooke Waldron, Cresa
Keith & Stephanie Farmer, ACCEL Parents