About Our Company|
AIRES is committed to providing person-centered services of the highest quality
to children and adults with disabilities, as well as the elderly. Founded by Vivian
Taylor in 1978, AIRES is proud to serve over 400 people across the state of Arizona.
While employed as an educator in the 1970's, Vivian had the opportunity to work with
students with special needs (this was before the days of modern Special Education).
She realized that the supports being offered to her students were inadequate. What
Vivian discovered when she walked into that classroom appalled her. Instructors weren't
certified. There was no organization. No curriculum. No expectations. She determined that
she would be an advocate for change and worked hard to improve the lives of the developmentally
disabled. AIRES was the result of that hard work and commitment.
The deeper she delved into Arizon's history of neglect in the field of developmental
disabilities, the more determined she became to make people aware of conditions and to
rally support for changing the system. Vivian had a favorite saying: “I touch one strand
and the whole web dances.” That concept of personal impact, of making a difference one
person at a time, inspires our vision. The AIRES Values are inspired by Vivian’s commitment
to doing the right thing. We aim to provide legendary human services by consistently promoting
How we select & train our staff
Make it happen
MUTUAL RESPECT -
Love what you do
Lead by example
Always have integrity
YES WE CAN -
Never give up
All of our activities and decisions, from direct care to administration, are directed
and guided by these Values. We work hard to continually champion these Values, to make
them a real and constant influence in our professional and personal lives. Our employees
are dedicated to carrying-on Vivian’s legacy. Our approach to providing services can
be summed up this way: we care for the people we serve like we would care for our very
own family members.
Central to our approach to providing services is the concept of Person-Centered Services.
What are person-centered services? They are supports that are designed and delivered
based on the needs of the individual. We don’t believe in applying pre-packaged or
recycled behavior treatment plans or developmental outcomes. Instead, we believe in
approaching each person’s needs individually, discovering their abilities and needs,
and then tailoring a solution or program that works for them.
Person-centered service goes hand-in-hand with the concept of Self-Determination and
Dignity of Risk. AIRES believes that all human beings are entitled to the right of
self determination. Each individual should be given the opportunity to make decisions
and to experience the consequences of those decisions.
Dignity of risk is a concept that promotes individual expression and decision making.
In practice, dignity of risk is the process wherein a person with a developmental disability
tries new things, discover new interests and activities.
Whether or not a person has a disability, there is a possibility of failure. But there is
dignity in being self assertive; there is dignity in the struggle to grow as a person. We
work with our families to manage that tug of war between “what’s been comfortable” and “what
might be possible.” The AIRES values and services embody the concepts of self determination
and dignity of risk.
We invite you to tour any one of our independent living settings, group homes, day programs,
or vocational rehabilitation programs and see for yourself the AIRES difference. We’re confident
that you’ll discover a place where you know that needs are carefully considered. We hope that
you’ll find AIRES to be the next best thing to your own home.