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Statement of Purpose: Since 1980, ACCEL (Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life-Skills) a private, nonprofit special education program for individuals, ages 5-21 and adults 18 and older, has been providing innovative, individualized and comprehensive education, life skills, behavioral and transition services to students and adults with a wide range of abilities and challenges including autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, and emotional, physical and health impairments. Programming is individualized and intensive support services are integrated into daily activities. Vocational programming is designed to specifically help high school students with special needs develop relevant job skills. ACCEL School Programs consist of two campuses, as well as satellite classrooms on public school district campuses. These programs provide evidenced based practices in applied behavior analysis, structured teaching, as well as speech, occupational, and physical therapy services and assistive technology integrated into the classroom programs. A functional life skills curriculum focusing on dignity, independence, and community skills for all students is a primary focus. Our philosophy incorporates a multi-disciplinary, collaborative model that moves instruction out of the traditional classroom and into a wide variety of functional settings. Our mission is to provide exceptional educational, therapeutic, and vocational programs to individuals with special needs, to give them the necessary skills to learn, to work, and to live successfully with dignity and independence. Our vision is to become a recognized leader in the education and employment of individuals with special needs, and to provide model educational, entrepreneurial, and residential environments.


Address: 10251 North 35th Avenue
Phone Number: 602-995-7366
Fax: 602.368.2720
Email Address: [email protected]
Web Site:


Number of Employees: 175
Full Time Volunteers: 0
Part-Time Volunteers: 1


Major Fund-raisers: Golf Tournament & Gala; Fall Boo Bash; Holiday Inspirations


Executive Committee: Joaeph Lautiero, Matthew A. Gerst, Joe Cattaneo, Robert W. Johnson, Caroline Pricher, Esq.
Director(s): Dr. Bryan Davey, Dr. Donald Stenhoff, Chris Horton, Daryl Haley, Kathryn Kolysko, Cheryl Key, Marge Cook
Key Personnel: Connie Laird, Executive Director; Rae Ann Brevig, COO and VP of Finance; Nancy Molder, VP of Educational Services, VP of Organizational Development; Dr. Mindy Malik, VP of Training and Program Development; and Kathy Orton-Sullivan, VP of Vocational and Adult Services


Founded: 1980
Community Served: Maricopa County and Arizona as a whole
Associated Guilds: AAPSEP (Arizona Association of Private Special Education Programs; Autism Society of Greater Phoenix; Arizona Autism Coalition; Council for Exceptional Children; National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC); Association of Professional Behavioral Analysis, Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders; NASET (National Association of Special Education Teachers)




Accomplishments: ACCEL in the only nationally accredited by NCASES (National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services)


Previous Event Coverage:

October 02, 2010 ACCEL Presents 'Boo Bash 2010'

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