The ACT Program
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The ACT Program
The ACT Program was created in 2007 in order to promote the use of positive behavioral supports (communication, sensory, behavioral) that allowed nonverbal persons with autism to fully access an education focused on the general education curriculum. ACT Program was approved as a Private Day School through the Arizona Department of Education, and offered elementary through high school education with optimal supports for Academic achievement. While the school graduated its last class of high school students in December 2019, the ACT Program/Life Access is being offered beginning January 2020 to allow late teen and adults with autism to fully access adult life experiences, provided with effective supports to do so. LEARN MORE ABOUT LIFE ACCESS SOON!
To provide individuals with autism, their families and support team, with the tools needed to successfully transition into general education settings, and to promote access to positive life experiences that create life long learning opportunities and growth.
ACT (Assuming Competence Today) is committed to helping individuals access appropriate educational, work, and social settings, and to achieve rich and meaningful relationships with confidence and independence. To this end, ACT strives to
Support individuals in the educational environment of their choice
Teaches individuals how to accept and provide sensory support necessary for them to effectively and meaningfully function in their everyday lives
Teach individuals how to functionally communicate in a variety of ways, including universal and individualized methods, so that they can engage in post-secondary, volunteer, work, and family life environments with a variety of individuals
Successfully transition individuals into meaningful educational environments
Teach and train family, co-workers, and college staff on the philosophy and methods used to effectively support nonverbal persons with autism
Teach families how to help promote independence through appropriate individual communication and sensory support at home and in the community