The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is a non-profit organization that specializes in research, evidence-based practices, training, and community outreach for consumers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as their families.
Their team provides “cutting-edge research while also providing a lifetime of services that meet immediate, on-the-ground needs of people with autism spectrum disorder and their families.” As part of this work, SARRC has developed educational workshops for parents, educators, and students, and established a database of families.
SARRC’s vision is to have “people with autism meaningfully integrated into inclusive communities,” and their mission is “to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.”
Employees & Individuals Served
SARRC employs 200 staff members and provides a lifetime of services for consumers with ASD.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, SARRC has an additional five locations in that city, as well as a location in Tempe, Arizona.
SARRC designs autism programs and services based on best-practice models specifically for consumers with ASD, as well as their parents, educators, and therapists. SARRC’s programs and services fall under three categories: Clinical, school-based, and employment-based.
- The clinical approach includes a framework of core intervention components such as applied behavior analysis (ABA); pivotal response teaching (PRT); early intervention; parent education and training; services and programs implemented across the lifespan; and capacity-building methods that support children with ASD in inclusive, natural environments such as home, school, and the greater community.
- Total revenue: $4.6 million
- Total expenses: $4.7 million
- SARRC research seeks to identify the causes of autism and better treatments, improve early identification, and educate professionals and other stakeholders.
- Total revenue: $1.1 million
- Total expenses: $1.1 million
- SARRC’s Beneficial Beans program provides garden and retail internships for adults with autism offering experience in retail and marketing, business administration, agriculture production, and culinary experiences.
- Total revenue: $80,243
- Total expenses: $298,733
In 2018, SARRC had $12.8 million in revenue and $11.7 in expenses. Overall, the organization ended the year with a $1.1 million surplus and net assets of $15.3 million. Comparatively, in 2017, SARRC had $11.4 million in revenue and $10.7 million in expenses. Overall, the organization ended the year with a $700,000 surplus and net assets of $14.5 million.
- SARRC offers more than 30 evidence-based programs, outreach services, and research studies.
- By 2030, SARRC seeks to operate 10 satellite locations, each anchored by a Community School.
- SARRC announced a $75,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities to expand their Community School.
- Daniel Openden, Ph.D., President & Chief Executive Officer
- Christopher J. Smith, Ph.D., Vice President & Research Director
- Larry D. Hillwig, Chief Administrative Officer
- Andrea Levy, Chief Financial Officer
- Maureen Jorden, Chief Development Officer