How does someone become a STARS participant?

Prospective participants and their families/guardians are invited to meet with any of our Program Managers/Case Managers and tour either of our campuses.  Prospective participants will submit an Admissions Packet if they would like to enroll in any STARS services.  All prospective participants are reviewed by the STARS Intake Committee to ensure that STARS will able to meet the participant’s needs.  If programming will be funded through the Division of Developmental
Disabilities (DDD) or Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), the DDD and/or VR team will meet and appropriate authorizations will be received prior to the start of services.

Whom does STARS serve?

STARS serves teens and adults with developmental disabilities. This broad category consists of school aged students 13 years of age through high school graduation for STARS’ Transitions Program, and anyone 18 years old and older who has exited the school system for STARS’ traditional day programs and vocational services. Individuals served may have any number of disabilities, including Down syndrome, Autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and others. Currently, STARS’ participants range from ages 13 to late-70s.

What is STARS?

STARS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides day programs, on-site work centers, and community based employment training and opportunities for adults with disabilities, as well as a Transitions Program for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities, their parents, families and guardians.

How is STARS funded?

STARS is funded in serveral different ways, including governmental contracts for service, special events, private donations, grants, Work Center revenue, tuition and Valley of the Sun United Way.

What makes STARS different than other similar organizations?

At STARS, individuals learn, grow and achieve goals in an intimate environment where they feel safe, comfortable and like they are part of a family. STARS has a deep rooted history in Scottsdale and some of our participants have been with us for more than 20 years.

STARS also has a creative arts program, which allows participants to not only exercise their tactile skills but also to connect to the world through artistic expression and personal creativity. In the award-winning Drawn Together program, participants are able to express themselves and take pride in working together to complete a piece of art.  STARS has also expended the arts program to include photography as well as drama, all of which are led by professional artists. Participants are introduced to concepts such as up and down, light and dark and far and near in the photography program, helping them identify things in their environment and are given the chance to work on memory skills as well as get up and moving in the drama portion of the program.