The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is a nonprofit organization, based in Phoenix, Arizona, dedicated to research, education and resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and their families. SARRC undertakes self-directed research, serves as a satellite site for national and international projects, and provides up-to-date information, training and assistance to families and professionals about autism. Through integrativeresearch, educational outreach, model programs and collaborative initiatives, SARRC setsforth, promotes and facilitates best practices for early intervention and the long-term careof individuals with ASDs.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that interferes with normal development in language, social interaction and behavior. The incidence of ASDs has exploded in the past two decades and given autism the undesired ranking as the most prevalent childhood developmental disorder in the U.S. While there is no known cause, and worse yet, no cure, we do know that autism is likely the product of genetics and environmental factors. SARRC continues to advance its research by building collaborative alliances with respected scientists and institutions in Arizona, across the country and around the world.
Volunteers are the power behind nonprofit organizations like SARRC and SARRC’s Grandparent Support Group leads the way with 350 dedicated members. There is never a job too big or too small for these amazing voluneers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of their children and grandchildren. They are among the millions of grandparents today who long for those precious words of acknowledgement from their grandchildren. Any words will do. "YouCan Call Me Hoppa" offers many wonderful ideas and places to start.To learn more about SARRC and autism spectrum disorders, please visitautismcenter.org.