ACCEL Celebrates All Abilities with Adapted Activities at ACCEL Days
By Autumn Jarrett -
Wednesday Mar 24, 2021
ACCEL is a nonprofit organization serving children and adults who have developmental disabilities, hosted an adapted week of virtual and outdoor activities at its campuses in Phoenix, Tempe and Buckeye. The annual â€œACCEL Daysâ€ event celebrates all ability levels and promotes team-building, motor skills, communication skills and school pride.
â€œEvery student, regardless of ability level, deserves to enjoy a field day,â€ said Matt LeVac, ACCELâ€™s therapy supervisor. â€œWe incorporated more virtual activities this year along with the outdoor activities for safety. We look forward to this week each year and are thrilled that the 2021 ACCEL Days were a success.â€
The 2021 ACCEL Days, sponsored by PRC-Saltillo and UnitedHealthcare in Arizona, included a STEAM spirit week and STEAM-related activities for each classroom such as creating a constellation viewer, a marble run, video games, a box assembly challenge, awards and an outer space themed dance.
Funding for ACCEL Days was provided by PRC-Saltillo and United Healthcare in Arizona.
â€œWe are honored to work with ACCEL to support ACCEL Days,â€ said Chuck Reid, PRCâ€™s VP of Marketing & Distribution. â€œOur mission â€“ the core of what we do â€“ is to enable individuals with speech and language impairments to successfully communicate and interact in their environment. We couldnâ€™t be more delighted.â€
ACCEL also presented classroom T-shirt design awards and classroom participation awards at the conclusion of ACCEL days.
â€œPartnering with ACCEL to support the vital work they do for Arizonans with developmental disabilities is one way we live out our mission â€“ to help people live healthier lives,â€ said Heather Kane, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Arizona/New Mexico. â€œEveryone should have the chance to live life to the fullest.â€
ACCEL is a nonprofit organization serving children and adults who have developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, cognitive disabilities and behavioral disorders. Founded in 1980, ACCEL is celebrating 40 years of providing innovative, individualized and comprehensive educational, therapeutic, employment, behavioral and life skills training to its students, adult members and clients. ACCELâ€™s private educational program supports students ages five to 22, with school campuses located in Phoenix and Tempe, and a satellite campus in Buckeye. ACCELâ€™s Adult Services program provides day programming for adults ages 18 and older, through the lifespan. The BISTÃ… Center, an applied behavior analysis agency located in Mesa, serves children ages 18 months to 13 years old with early intervention services. For more information, please visit http://www.accel.org/.
PRC-Saltillo is a global leader in the development of AAC solutions, including augmentative communication devices and other assistive technology products and support services for people with speech disorders. The company pioneered the use of technology to bring speech and language capabilities to adults and children with disabilities over 50 years ago. Since then, its effective and intuitive AAC solutions have enabled children, teens and adults worldwide to achieve spontaneous, independent and interactive communication regardless of their disability, literacy level or motor skills.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at http://www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter