Effective 04/08/2020, The Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has temporarily approved parents to be direct care providers for their children under age 18.
Click here to see the official DDD announcement
AZA United has created a document with FAQs and more information for parents:
Click here to see our Parent Provider FAQs
Next Steps for Interested Parents
During the COVID-19 emergency, AZA United is committed to doing all we can to serve and support families. We are pleased to be able to offer this new opportunity for interested parents. The first step is to fill out this application and then we will contact you with next steps. We have set up this separate application so that we can make the hiring process quick and easy for parents. You may also contact us with any questions at 602-773-5773 or covid19@AZAunited.org
This application is ONLY for parents who would like to work with their own children. All other applicants (siblings, family members, referrals, etc.) should still use our standard Habilitation & Respite job application.
Please note that parents may provide Habilitation and Attendant Care services only (not Respite). You can also have additional providers that work with your child for any of these services. Contact your DDD support coordinator if you need to request an increase in the number of hours your child is currently authorized to receive. Note that the annual respite limit was recently increased to 720 hours. If you need help, contact our Family Support Specialist at familyoutreach@AZAunited.org
Why AZA United?
Arizona Autism United is a leading nonprofit organization serving children and families affected by autism in Maricopa County. Learn more at www.AZAunited.org
Since the COVID-19 emergency began, AZA United has been rapidly shifting our programs, policies and resources to support families and employees in new ways. We have implemented telehealth support for many services so that we can still be "in the home" to help parents and children virtually wherever needed. Our Habilitation Field Support Team can now do videocalls with you to provide help with behavioral strategies, teaching techniques for your child, structuring your child's day, creating visual supports, and so on. Since everyone's schedule is more flexible now and there is no drive time involved, we can offer a lot of support to help you do things that will help your child continue to learn and make progress during this stay-at-home phase that has affected us all.
Additionally, we are putting extra efforts in place to make sure that the process of getting started is faster and easier than ever, especially for parents in this role. Temporary Direct Care Workers will be independent contractors, which allows for greater flexibility and higher pay than our standard Habilitation & Respite Provider position.
We look forward to welcoming you with a different role on Team AZA!
Autism knows no race, religion, gender, or identity. We need and value diversity and inclusion in our workforce in order to fully support our families. AZA welcomes applicants of any race, age, religion, gender, identity or any other aspect which makes you unique.