The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to autism research, education and outreach for individuals with autism and their families. Established in 1997, SARRC provides programs that address the needs of individuals of all ages with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Following a family-centered approach, an integral part of what we do is assist families on their journey once a child has been diagnosed with ASD. From early intervention through adulthood, SARRC supports and empowers families to be the best educators and decision-makers for their children. We also recognize that one size does not fit all. Using evidence-based practices, our programs and services impact not only individuals with ASD, but also those who affect their lives: parents, grandparents, siblings, physicians, psychologists, behavior analysts, educators, therapists and habilitators. Our professional staff is armed with valuable information and resources to tailor programs and consultations accordingly.
To advance research, SARRC initiates and collaborates in largescale studies to find answers to pressing questions faced by individuals with ASD and their families. SARRC’s cutting-edge research is focused on improving screening and diagnosis for autism, improving treatments for autism including behavioral and pharmaceutical treatments, and educating professionals in order to increase their capacity to serve the autism community.
From the enrollment of typically developing toddlers in our Community School and peer mentors in our pre-vocational Autism CommunityWorks® program, to inclusive internship opportunities and life-skills training, we are helping the community at-large better understand and value individuals with autism and include them in the fabric of society. This approach allows us to significantly advance SARRC’s goals of creating acceptance and long-term opportunities that enhance quality of life.
With a focus on delivering the highest-quality, evidence-based services and programs available, SARRC will continue to grow to meet the ever-increasing demands of our community.