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The following is a listing of support groups or agencies that sponsor groups for families and individuals with disabilities and special health needs.
We highly recommend calling a group you are interested in prior to attending a meeting to be sure it is still active, and to confirm the dates, times and locations of the groups.
NOAH - National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation
In Arizona Contact: Cyndy Bensema, 602-995-1036
North West Valley CHADD
Acacia Elementary School (Media Center)
3021 W Evans Dr. in Phoenix
Date: Fourth Tuesday of the Month
Chino Valley ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group
Chino Valley: 1704 Palo Verde Dr
Date: 2nd Monday of each month
Contact: Marcia T. Brehmer, 928-636-5160
Prescott ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group
212 S. Marina ( 4CCDD office gray house across from Public Library)
Date: 3rd Monday of each month
Contact: Marcia T. Brehmer, 928-636-5160
Child Care: Free, but must pre-register prior to meeting
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK)
2320 N. 20th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 254-2275 / 1-800-568-2614
- For Foster Care Licensure/Adoption Certificate
- For Home & Community Based Services (HCBS)
602.254.2275 ext 4407 (www.aaskforhcbs.org) or 1.800.370.2275
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
1144 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
View website's calendar for meetings
Phoenix Allergy Network - an educational food allergy support group for families.
Come meet other families living with severe food allergies.
Support. Educate. Advocate for Change.
Visit www.phoenixallergynetwork.org for meeting dates and location.
Arizona Food Allergy Alliance
The Arizona Food Allergy Alliance is a support group dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by food allergy in the State of Arizona. We sustain the common interests of members through education, support, and advocacy. It is our goal to bring awareness, understanding, and safety within families and communities by providing educational resources, personal networking experiences, and opportunities for community involvement. Thus, we hope every person that visits will connect, learn, and succeed.
Angelman Syndrome Foundation Inc.
Asperger Parent Network
For parents in the Greater Phoenix area who have a child or teen with Asperger Syndrome or related disorder.
Meets monthly in various locations
Contact: Carolyn Warden at 480-759-6329 or Annette Wilkes at 480-855-3402
HelpASAP online listserve - Parent Support Group for parents of children with autism
To join email or call 623-879-7577.
Phoenix High Functioning Autism/Asperger Family Network
(affectionately known as Phoenix HFA)
Support group for both kids and parents-we share challenges, successes and info!
4512 E Juniper Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85032
602.492.8033 (leave message and we will get back to you)
East Valley Autism Support Group for Spanish-Speakers (Español)
2nd Tuesday of every month.
Contact: Alberto Serpias 480-831-1009
Autism Society of Greater Phoenix
Parents Monthly Support Group
Coco's Restaurant at Paradise Valley Mall, 4515 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032-7702
4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm
For more information contact Cynthia Macluskie at 480-940-1093 or .
West Valley Autism Support Meetings
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm
Prayer Center - New Life Community Church
8155 W Thunderbird Rd., Peoria AZ 85381
Contact info: Shelly Vinsant, , 623-572-5289, 623-261-9385
AZ ASSIST: Autism Spectrum Support, Information & Strategies for Transition
Focus is on the transition issues students with HFA & Asperger’s face as they enter the adult world: Career, Independent Living, Social & Recreation, and Housing
Kids With Autism Can
An Arizona not for profit organization, strives to create a community of families with children on the Autism Spectrum. http://kidswithautismcan.org/
Asthma in Children and Adolescents Knowledge Path
Brain Injury Association of Arizona
Foundation for Blind Children
1235 East Harmont Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85020-3864
Local Telephone: (602) 331-1470
Arizona Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired
CF Parent's Group
Phoenix Children's Hospital
Third Wednesday of every month.
Contact Barbara Bush, CF 602-546-0288.
Information and networking opportunities for families of children with Down Syndrome
http://www.dsnetworkaz.org/ or call 480.759.9150.
Sharing Down Syndrome
Family support for parents and families of people with Down Syndrome
Affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Congress and National Down Syndrome Society.
Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona Inc., 745 N. Gilbert Rd. #124, PMB 273, Gilbert, AZ
Phone: (480) 926-6500
Dyslexia Support Group
Flagstaff Parent Support Group
Contact: Lisa Kemp, 520-774-4617
Phoenix Parent Support Group
Phoenix Children's Hospital, 909 E Brill
Last Wednesday of the month 7:00 pm
602-406-3581 (Call to verify meeting time and place)
East Valley Epileptic
3rd Thursday each month
Contact Epilepsy Foundation for more information (602) 406-3581
Drop-In Support Group: 6:00 – 7:30pm every 1st & 3rd Wed. of each month
Dads with Special Needs Children Discussion Group: 6:00 – 7:30pm every 2nd & 4th Wed. of each month.
To learn more, please contact Neil Tift at 480.834.9424.
Fragile X Families of Phoenix
Arizona SIDS Alliance
Support Meetings & Newsletters
Phoenix Chapter: 602-433-SIDS
Tucson Chapter: 520-297-6013
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) Inc.
National: 630-990-0010, www.compassionatefriends.org
Phoenix Metro area chapter: http://www.tcfphoenix.org/
Offers a Phone Friends program, personal letter responses, monthly support groups, newsletter.
MISS Foundation Support Group
Loss of Child with Special Needs
7634 W. Camelback Road at
Camelback Community Church, Room 208
Second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm
Mended Little Hearts
Informal meeting held once a month in various family homes.
Contact: Adriane Grimaldi 480-423-3590 or
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Sandstone Conference Room
1111 E. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Meets: First Tuesday/Monthly, 6:30 PM
Contact Charlie Thomas, CISW - Julie LaMantia, MSW - Toni Ruiz, MSW or Robin Opp for more information. Phone: 602-839-7000
Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center
650 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Meets: 4th Tuesday/Monthly, 1:00 PM
Contact Libby Evanich, NP for more information. Phone: 602-277-5551, ext: 6129
Focus on Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC)
Mayo Clinic Hospital
5777 E. Mayo Blvd., Room 1-220
Phoenix, AZ 85054
Meets: Meets the 3rd Monday of each month from 5:30 PM Call to confirm attendance.
Contact Shari Ordog for more information. Phone: 602-953-1800
Prescott Public Library
"Bump Room" (Main Floor)
Meets: 3rd Wednesday/Monthly, 6:30 PM Call to confirm attendance.
Martha Cooper Branch Library
1377 N. Catalina Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85712
Meets: 1st Thursday of each month (5:30-7pm) Please call 24 hours prior to meeting to confirm attendance.
Contact John Stevens for more information. Phone: 520-881-8382
AZ LPA – Little People of America - Arizona
Mentally Ill Kids in Distress (MIKID)
2642 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Depressive & Bi-Polar Support Groups
St Luke's Behavioral Health Services
1800 E Van Buren St , Phoenix, AZ
Presbyterian Service Agency
2255 W. Northern Avenue B-100
5225 N 19th Avenue
Anxiety Disorders Support Groups
Anxiety Support Group
1st & 3rd Wednesday 7-8:30pm
Life Care of Paradise Valley
4065 E Bell Rd, Phoenix
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
2nd & 4th Thursday 7-9pm
Samaritan Behavioral Health Center
7575 E. Earll Dr. Scottsdale
OCD For Adolescents
4th Monday, 7pm
Day Spring United Methodist Church
1365 E Elliot, Tempe
Desert Sky Mothers of Multiples
Mothers of Supertwins
Email: - Kathleen Anderson
Neurofibromatosis, Inc. Arizona
Phone: 480.945.9650; Email:
Support Group Meetings
When: The last Saturday of each month
Contact for details: Jen Adler 480-668-4754 or Lauri Alexander 480-833-2112
NICU Parent Network
Regular meetings at local hospitals
contact Raising Special Kids
602-242-4366 or 1-800-237-3007
Scoliosis Association - Support Group
Contact Carol Lytle at 480-839-9822
Workshops for brothers and sisters of children with disabilities or special needs.
Held one Saturday each quarter from 9am - noon.
For more info contact S.E.E.K. Arizona – 480-902-0771
Special Needs Support Group of the North Valley
Information, opportunities for sharing experiences, resources, and advocacy for parents of children with special needs
Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the North Valley Regional Library located at 40410 N Gavilan Peak Parkway Anthem, AZ 85086
Contact Kristina Blackledge, Group Facilitator, at 602-402-9510 or via email at .
Phoenix Area Support Group
Coordinators: Teri Mendenhall and Denise Regeski
Meetings are held from 10am - 12pm on the second Saturday of most months.