Arizona Autism United Receives Funding from the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation to Launch New Occupational Therapy Department
By Lindsay Hansen -
Monday Nov 29, 2021
Arizona Autism United (AZA United) is pleased to announce they received a generous donation from the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation to develop and launch a new Occupational Therapy Department. The new department will be housed at AZA United’s East Valley Clinic, located at 4309 E. Florian Ave., Mesa, AZ.
“We are so grateful for the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation’s donation,” said Aaron Blocher-Rubin, PhD, BCBA, president and CEO of AZA United. “Being based out of the East Valley Clinic will allow our new team to work closely with speech language pathologists and Behavior Analysts who serve children with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to expand this service to in-home care, our Phoenix office and new West Valley center when it opens.”
The money will be used to hire and train staff, create programs and purchase equipment and supplies for the clinical space. Occupational Therapy services will be self-sustaining after approximately one year with the revenue from Medicaid and insurance reimbursements.
Occupational therapy helps individuals of all ages from young children to adults, accomplish their personal goals by helping them overcome or cope with sensory, motor and cognitive challenges associated with developmental disabilities. Many individuals with autism or related developmental disabilities have sensory sensitivities to certain smells, flavors, textures, sounds, lights or physical sensations. They may feel intense distress in certain settings or struggle immensely to accomplish certain tasks.
“This grant will have a tremendous impact on the families AZA United serves,” said Tom Egan, executive director, The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation. “The new Occupational Therapy Department will complement the services they already offer children and families throughout the state. Their overall goal is to reduce wait times and improve outcomes, assuring children can receive the majority of their needed therapies as swiftly as possible from one provider.”
For more information on Arizona Autism United and the services they offer, call (602) 773-5773 or visit http://www.AZAunited.org.