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When Rebekah McConnell's daughter Sarah turned nine, she was diagnosed with pervasive developmental and attention deficit disorder, followed by Asperger’s and anxiety. After a bit of research, they discovered Southwest Autism Center of Excellence, a collaborative effort of Southwest Behavioral & Health Services and Southwest Human Development. April is Autism Awareness Month, and Rebekah's hope is that rather than just making people aware of the fact that autism exists, that everyone would take the extra step and promote acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities.
Molly Arriaga, whose daughter Alexandra enjoys many of the things that other 17-year-olds enjoy despite the challenges of autism, shares the story of how her family found help through the Southwest Autism Center of Excellence, a collaborative effort of Southwest Behavioral & Health Services and Southwest Human Development.
April signifies a very important milestone for a local family. Not only is it Autism Awareness Month, but it also marks the six-month anniversary their daughter has been employed as an autism peer support specialist.
Southwest Autism Center of Excellence is celebrating its six-month anniversary, and with that comes another important anniversary, which is Catherine Abbott’s six-month anniversary as an employee at the center. April 2 is also World Autism Awareness Day.
April is National Autism Awareness Month. SB&H's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ramiro Guillen, and Senior VP Maricopa & Gila County, Steven Sheets joined KEZ's Marty Manning to talk about the observance, and about the Southwest Autism Center of Excellence, a collaborative effort of SB&H and Southwest Human Development.