The Rack Law Group, a Scottsdale-based personal injury firm, has chosen ACCEL, a nonprofit that serves children and adults who have developmental disabilities, to be the recipient of a $30,000 donation. ACCEL will utilize the funds to renovate the campusâ€™s onsite therapy pool and purchase new equipment for its life skills programs that support individuals with cognitive disabilities and behavioral disorders.
Following an extensive tour of ACCELâ€™s Metro campus, twin brothers, Adam and Anthony Rack, were so impressed with the organization after spending time on the campus and interacting with the students.
â€œWe were introduced to ACCEL through a mutual acquaintance and after researching the organization, my brother Anthony and I scheduled a visit to learn more about the organization, said Adam Rack, managing partner at the Rack Law Group. â€œAfter meeting the students and seeing the depth of programs offered, their enthusiasm and excitement told us all we needed to know,â€ .
According to Jessie Bustamante, chief advancement officer at ACCEL, a variety of opportunities were shared for the Rack Law Group to consider. â€œWe had a great visit with Adam and Anthony and wanted to give them a few choices for how they could support ACCEL. We are so thrilled that they are going to providing funding for so many of our important programs.â€
â€œThe donation from Rack Law Group will be used to purchase additional technology in our classrooms, support our transition to work program by allowing us to purchase a new dryer and continue the renovations to our therapy pool,â€ says ACCEL CEO Ray Damm. â€œIn a time where nonprofits are being greatly affected by COVID-19, we are grateful for local supports like the Rack Law Group and Adam and Anthonyâ€™s generous contribution.â€
ACCEL is dedicated to providing individuals with special needs with the skills to learn to work and live a successful life with dignity and independence.
â€œI believe one of the worst things children can endure is bullying and feeling like they donâ€™t belong,â€ said Adam Rack. â€œAt ACCEL, students donâ€™t have to worry about that and are instead allowed to be the best versions of themselves.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/.