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1931 South Arizona Ave Suite 4

 Yuma, Az 85364


Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8:00am - 5:00pm


Parker Area: (928) 575-6671


Yuma Area: (928) 329-6681


Voice/TTY: (928) 782-7458


Toll Free: 855-209-8363


Fax: (928) 329-6715


E-Mail: Info@smile-az.org


Calendar of Events




Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) is Arizona’s largest center for Independent Living. ABIL offers and promotes programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.

ABRIO Family Services

ABRiO provides Home Care Services, Respite and Habilitation Services, Day Enrichment Programs, Employment and Residential Support. There is no greater feeling than the joy that comes with true companionship, understanding, and quality support. ABRiO Family Services offers home based and community based services that are personalized to fit your needs, large or small. We are here to enhance your independent living, so that you experience the best life you can live.

Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education

A powerful and informative site that provides resources such as Disability Education in support of independent living as well as providing a database of for those who are looking for an accredited online degree program that meets Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (section 504).

Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter

Our nationwide mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Amberly's Place

Amberly's Place houses professionals who are specially trained in dealing with victims of child abuse (both physical and sexual), domestic violence, sexual assault and elderly abuse. This special training helps to reduce the trauma to the victim We accomplish this by promoting a working atmosphere of mutual respect and open communication between the professionals providing the services.

American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Arizona Assistive Technology Exchange

A "classified ads" feature that connects people with available assistive technology. The goal of the Arizona Assistive Technology Exchange is to put assistive technology equipment that is not currently being used, into the hands of someone who can benefit from it.

Arizona Cancer Center

The information made available through links at this web site are provided as a public service to those visiting our site. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the faculty at the Arizona Cancer Center, nor do we assume any responsibility for the content provided at these link sites. Information obtained through any web site should not be relied upon as a substitute for receiving professional care from a professional acre from a physician or health care provider.

Arizona Commission for the deaf and the head of hearing

ACDHH was established in 1977 to improve the quality of life for Deaf and Hard of Hearing residents. ACDHH serves as a statewide information referral center for issues related to people with hearing loss. ACDHH aspires to be a national leader in communication access, support services and community empowerment throughout the state. Our mission is to ensure, in partnership with the public and private sectors, accessibility for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind and persons with speech difficulties to improve their quality of life.

Arizona Community Foundation

The Arizona Community Foundation and its Affiliates are a statewide
philanthropy providing flexible, tax-advantage giving options for donors, major funding for nonprofits and students, and leadership around key community issues. Our mission is to lead, serve and collaborate to mobilize enduring philanthropy for a better Arizona.

Arizona Freedom to Work

ABIL is the program contractor for the AZ Freedom to Work Statewide Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program funded (50%) through a $300,000 annual grant from the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Education/Rehabilitation Services Administration and other contracts and grants. Our Community Work Incentive Coordinators are trained and certified to understand Social Security rules related to employment and how employment earnings affect cash, medical and other benefits.

Arizona Institute for Human Development

The goal of this site is to serve as a resource to educators, students, service providers, agency personnel, and individuals with disabilities and their families.

Arizona Long Term Care (ALTC)
The Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) program is for aged (65 and over), blind, or disabled individuals who need ongoing services at a nursing facility level, in their own home or assisted living facilities.

Arizona Self Help

The Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) program is for aged (65 and over), blind, or disabled individuals who need ongoing services at a nursing facility level, in their own home or assisted living facilities.

Arizona State Braille and talking Book Library

To provide books, magazines and other library resources in alternate formats for all
Arizona residents whose visual or physical disabilities prevent the use of conventional print materials.

American Eldercare Research Organization

Offices.net offers fully furnished executive suites, professionally equipped offices and cost effective temporary office space in Arizona. These serviced offices and executive suites include a wide range of essential services in a single flexible rental price, make setting up a business in Arizona faster and easier than ever.

 Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)
Is Dedicated to increasing the availability and use of assistive technology devices for all individuals with disabilities in Arizona.

AZ Links
AZ Links is Arizona’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), created to help Arizona Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and their Family Members locate resources and services that meet their needs.

AZ 2-1-1: Human & Emergency Services
Welcome to Arizona 2-1-1 Online, the State of Arizona doorway to thousands of health, human service and emergency response resources. Developed in partnership with government, tribal, non-profit and community groups, Arizona 2-1-1 Online is committed to providing all Arizonans access to information and resource to improve the quality of their lives.

Behavioral Diabetes Institute

The BDI, a non-profit corporation, is committed to:

  • helping people master the unique challenges of diabetes
  • conducting behavioral research in diabetes
  • providing health care providers with the specialty behavioral training necessary for managing diabetes effectively

Catholic Community Service

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona strengthens families, supports communities, provides compassionate services, and strives for excellence

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

Child Protective Service

The Arizona Department of Economic Security promotes the safety, well-being, and self sufficiency of children, adults, and families.

Choice Magazine Listening
Choice Magazine Listening is a free audio anthology for a special audience of blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, or dyslexic subscribers. CML was created in 1962 by the non-profit Lucerna Fund to offer the best of contemporary magazine writing, completely without charge, to adults unable to read standard print.

City of Yuma

Crossroads Mission
Crossroads Mission is a faith-based organization dedicated to helping individuals who find themselves at a "crossroads" in their lives. Our goal is to help them take that direction that will bring them to a personal encounter with God, and to help them make changes that will result in a better quality of life.

Community Legal Services, Inc.

CLS is a not-for-profit Arizona law firm incorporated in 1952.

Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities

LD Online seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

DIRECT Independent Living Center

DIRECT Center for Independence, Inc., is a consumer-directed, community-based advocacy organization that promotes independent living and offers a variety of programs for all people with disabilities. Through DIRECT's programs, people are encouraged to achieve their full potential and to participate in the community.

Deason Law Firm

Helping Families preserve their wealth during and after their lifetime in, Arizona

Department of Economic Security

The Arizona Department of Economic Security promotes the safety, well-being, and self sufficiency of children, adults, and families

Easter Seals (s.a.f.t.y. first program)

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

The NICHD was initially established to investigate the broad aspects of human development as a means of understanding developmental disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the events that occur during pregnancy.  Today, the Institute conducts and supports research on all stages of human development, from preconception to adulthood, to better understand the health of children, adults, families, and communities.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

First Things First

A child's most important developmental years those leading up to kindergarten. First Things First is committed to helping Arizona kids five and younger receive the quality education, healthcare and family support they need to arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed.

Goodwill of Central Arizona

Goodwill of Central Arizona always wants to bring the best value and greatest treasures to our loyal customers.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff.

Health Choice

At Health Choice Arizona, we know good health is important to everyone. Our employees are committed to helping members get and stay healthy. Our mission is to treat you with the utmost respect and dignity while providing you safe, effective, quality healthcare. Your health and well-being is our number one priority.

Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 36 million (17 percent) Americans have some degree of hearing loss making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.

Home Instead Senior Care

Home Instead Senior Care is pleased to provide seniors with America's #1 medical alert service. For more than 30 years, Lifeline has enabled millions of people to live with greater independence, peace of mind and dignity in the place they feel most comfortable-their own homes. Because the Lifeline service also helps family caregivers to balance the needs of their loved ones with the demands of their own busy lives, Lifeline is of immense benefit to them as well. If you have any questions, would like to talk about your particular needs, or are ready to begin service, we welcome your call at 1-800-372-4103. Please Mention Program Code NE702. Thank you

Hospice Compassus

Opening its first hospice in 1979, Hospice Compassus is a family of community-based hospices.  Our nationwide network is a vast resource benefiting both patients and families.  Hospice Compassus has a common culture around three core values: compassion, integrity, and excellence.  Our primary goals are to provide the highest quality hospice care and service in every community in which we operate, and to be both the hospice provider of choice and hospice employer of choice.

Hospice of Yuma

As the area's only non-profit hospice, Hospice of Yuma has served the community since 1981, providing compassionate care for many terminally ill patients and their families. We focus on helping patients and families cope with what they fear most about dying - being in pain, being alone, losing control, and being a burden to others. For patients, hospice care offers emotional and spiritual support and state-of-the-art medical care, tailored to the patient's wishes to remain at home, as pain free and comfortable as possible.

IRS Alternative Media Center (AMC)

all IRS documents are accessible to persons using assistive technology, including screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays, and voice recognition software.

Kissito Healthcare Palm View

We are a 143-bed facility offering rehabilitative services and long term care for residents with moderate to complex medical conditions, and a secured unit for Alzheimer’s care for residents with dementia.


Falls and medication errors are the two biggest threats to independent living. That's why Philips Lifeline provides the #1 Medical Alert Service and Medication Dispensing Service to offer you something else: peace of mind.


The Bridbe between Business and People with disabilities

National Emergency Management Resource Center

We provide:

National Federation of the Blind

The real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight. The real problem is the misunderstanding and lack of information that exist. If a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness can be reduced to a physical nuisance.

National Institute of Mental Health

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.

National Organization on Disability/ Emergency Preparedness Initiative

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. In 2006 we narrowed our focus to increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.

New Horizons Independent Living Center

Independent Living began first with a center at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972. The unstoppable Independent Living movement has since grown rapidly as demonstrated by the nearly 500 centers now operating nationwide. This Independent Living success story is mainly attributable to the unique and practical philosophy which sets Independent Living Centers apart from other approaches to helping people with disabilities: Independent Living Centers are run by and for people with disabilities.

Partners in Policymaking

Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona provides a wide variety of programs and services that support families of children with disabilities.

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona is a chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. We are a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of Arizona's children. Our work strengthens families so that costly legal and social intervention is not needed. We focus strategically on new parents, early in the family life cycle. Our objective is to reach all parents of newborns with research-based services so they can succeed in keeping their children safe and healthy

PSI Navigator Public Service Information

PSI Navigator is dedicated to publishing public service information, including useful links to selected websites such as government offices and non-governmental organizations, companies, nonprofits, charities, firms, international trade services, businesses, cultural centers and online resources all over the United States.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

RFB&D creates opportunities for grade K thru Graduate Level students, who cannot read standard print due to a disability. RFB&D helps such students, and the teachers and parents who support them, by providing access to its library of more then 110,00 textbooks on CD and cassette tape.

Regional Center for Border Health

Our mission is to improve the availability and accessibility of healthcare services by establishing a comprehensive center for primary care and promoting vocational health training programs throughout Western Arizona and the Arizona-Mexico Boarder Region

ResCare Workforce Services

ResCare is a human services company that offers services to people of all ages and abilities to help make their lives more independent. The company serves more than a million people each year with its nearly 50,000 employees at thousands of locations.

RSA Rehabilitation Services Administration

We strive to support the DES mission of promoting the safety, well-being, and self sufficiency of children, adults, and families by working with individuals with disabilities to achieve increased independence and/or gainful employment through the provision of comprehensive rehabilitative and employment support services in a partnership with all stakeholders.

Salvation Army

Vision loss is a condition that can affect every aspect of a person's life. often, Veterans and their families are unaware of the health and rehabilitation services available to Veterans experiencing loss in vision

Arizona State Wide Independent Living Council

To promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change

Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

Vision loss is a condition that can affect every aspect of a person's life. often, Veterans and their families are unaware of the health and rehabilitation services available to Veterans experiencing loss in vision 

State of Arizona

Official State of Arizona Web Site.

Sun Sounds of Arizona

Sun Sounds of Arizona provides audio access to information to people in the Southwest who cannot read print because they have a disability.
Service is available on the radio, web, telephone, as a podcast, in hospitals and residential facilities, and in Yuma on Time-Warner Cable Channel 70.

Sunset Community Health Center, Inc.
Sunset Community Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves the population in Yuma County. The health center has facilities in Yuma, Somerton, San Luis and Wellton.
Yuma County has a unique opportunity to address significant medical access problems that face Caucasian/White, Hispanic/Latino, immigrant, and border community residents. Many border residents are isolated from medical and behavioral health services and do not have medical insurance, which are all significant barriers in obtaining medical care. This is why Sunset Community Health Center is a vital medical home for many Yuma county residents.

Ticket to Work Work Incentives

Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program is free, voluntary and available to most people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because they are disabled or blind.  Eligible beneficiaries may choose to assign their Ticket to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice or to a State Vocational Rehabilitation (SVR) agency to obtain employment services and supports necessary to achieve a work goal.  The EN/SVR, if they accept the Ticket, will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ready. (Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed) Preparing makes since for people with disabilities and special needs.

Western Arizona Council of Governments (WACOG)

Welcome to the Western Arizona Council of Governments (WACOG) website. Founded in 1971, WACOG is a governmental non-profit that is dedicated to serving its local jurisdictions, income challenged households, and vulnerable populations in Yuma, La Paz, and Mohave Counties.

Wyng Access Solutions

There is no substitute for the feelings associated with complete independence and security.  The Wyng™ bath system can deliver both, at least when it comes to bathing.  The Wyng™ bath system was designed to address the design and budget challenges facing the disabled community and the service providers that work with them.  This is the first and only company to design and build a complete bath access system from the ground up utilizing the principles of universal design.

Yuma Community Food Bank

To relieve hunger, increase self reliance, and improve the quality of life for children and families throughout southwestern Arizona 

Yuma County Housing Department

Provides both Conventional and Section 8 Assistance

Yuma County Library

Wealth Management is well positioned to provide investors with advice and guidance. With a highly trained staff of investment professionals, Yuma Investment Group believes in building long-term relationships with clients and helping them establish financial strategies and select suitable investments to meet their short and long-term goals.

Yuma Private Industry Council (YPIC)

The Yuma Private Industry Council is a private non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide job seeker and employer services in the Yuma County labor market. Incorporated in 1988, YPIC serves as the Private Sector partner in the Public/Private Workforce Development Partnership with the Yuma County Board of Supervisors. With the advent of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the Yuma County Board of Supervisors designated YPIC as the official operator or the "one-Stop" delivery system for workforce development services in Yuma County.

S.M.I.L.E Indepentent Living Center