EESA Special Education Directory
Exhibitors are a key part of our convention! We encourage you to plan time to visit the exhibit hall and attend exhibitor workshops, too. With over 30 vendors in more than 5,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, you will find an array of some of the finest special education resources available.
You will enjoy a shopping experience unlike any other in the state of Arizona at the EESA Convention. Nowhere else will you be able to shop and compare curriculum and resources in person from this many exhibitors and publishers who understand that education is a choice. Whether your child goes to public or private school, or your child is homeschooled using private funds or the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, our venders are there to guide you in making the best decision for your child no matter which venue you educate.
We are grateful for the businesses who come and support the Arizona special education community by providing our convention attendees with a wide variety of quality curriculum and resources from which to choose. Many of the exhibitors have a great deal of knowledge and expertise using ESA funds and are happy to answer your questions and assist you. Be sure to stop and chat with them and thank them for investing the time and resources to come the EESA Convention!
We are proud to offer an online eDirectory of vendors who cater to ESA families. You can search the interactive Directory by service type, location, or name. We feel this directory will help families choose companies that support our mission to serve families of students with special needs. he eDirectory will be available to all Members of AESA in early 2020.
2020 REGISTERED EXHIBITORS
American Exceptional Students Association
American Exceptional Students Association is a group of families dedicated to students who are “outside the curve.” Whether delayed or gifted, exceptional students need support beyond that of neurotypical children. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on providing resources and training to parents of exceptional children.
Austin & Lily
Austin & Lily’s mission is to educate, support, and provide high-quality and engaging curriculum that meets the needs of students with intellectual disabilities by providing educators with the tools needed to create a world where people with intellectual disabilities develop to their potential.
Covenant Homeschool Resource Center
Our mission is to encourage and equip families for a successful homeschool journey!
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit CHSRC serves the homeschooling community by:
Twice a year we provide standardized testing. We also offer the PSAT each October.
Our staff and volunteers, who are veteran homeschoolers, are ready and willing to answer your homeschooling questions, free of charge. We desire to be a resource to help parents in their homeschooling endeavors.
In 2016 we served over 2000 walk-in homeschooling families.
We serve, free of charge, via phone, Facebook, e-mail or other message boards, an additional 2000+ families each year with encouragement, transcript advice and general homeschooling information.
We are also distributors of popular homeschooling curriculum, allowing families to have up-to-date curriculum to touch and compare.
In addition to new curriculum, our on-site bookstore has a variety of popular used curriculum and books, science supplies, math manipulatives, and surprising extras.
Each week we spend hours collecting, sorting, pricing and shelving used popular homeschooling curriculum, making it available to homeschooling families at a nice discounted price.
We offer supplemental classes for homeschool students and workshops of interest for the whole family.
We publish a monthly newsletter where we keep you up to date with homeschooling events, sales and information.
CHSRC sponsors of the local chapter of Eta Sigma Alpha, the National Homeschool Honor Society.
CHSRC sponsors of The Home School Foundation and their Annual Sale to benefit homeschool families in need in Arizona.
Rainbow Readers is a company started by Carol S. Fitzpatrick, MS, to help people who struggle with learning how to read, specifically those who have a condition called dyslexia. In recent years, educational researchers have made huge gains in understanding this condition and the ways to help even severe dyslexics conquer their reading problems. Our goal is to help as many of these brilliant, frustrated people with the information and tutoring they need to succeed.
The solution to a dyslexic’s problem could be as simple as adjusting the learning environment in some way, or teaching parents how to do easy things with their own children at home. When properly dealt with, dyslexia can be overcome by most people, sometimes with amazing results!
Don’t spend another day wondering if you or your loved one has dyslexia. Help is just a phone call away! Call 480-999-4449 today!
SEEDS for Autism
The SEEDs for Autism Story
SEEDs For Autism was created out of the sheer love and devotion for my younger brother, Paul Robert Foti, who was diagnosed with autism in the early 70’s. Watching someone you care so much for, struggle daily to find their niche in society is such a helpless feeling, especially when that person tries to reach out in their own way to make conversations and connect socially. Sadly many in the world are not very kind to those they don’t understand, and opportunities for skilled training for adults like Paul are just not readily available.
Paul regularly faced the difficulties of mainstreaming within his community and fellow employees. These job placements were generally menial jobs, lower than his intellectual capabilities, paired with job coaches who didn’t understand his behaviors or social awkwardness. He would occasionally get sent home, when the stress of the job triggered him to begin a repetitive monologue, which frustrated and perplexed untrained job coaches and co-workers. Washing dishes in a hospital was certainly not a good fit for someone who is sensitive to noise, it is extremely loud, and a constant source of anxiety, hundreds and hundreds of glassware clanking and rattling. Then there were the years in the laundry room, at the hospital. Again, a hot, noisy, atmosphere. Regardless, he went to work, and tried to do his job. He tried, and kept a journal to help relieve the stress.
When Paul wasn’t at work, he was creating scenes, buildings and other items for his train set. He loved making buildings from scratch and creating this wonderful make believe world, one that he could escape to and be the sole conductor of. It was his joy and passion, and made him light up to talk about. He would save his money to buy paints, couplers, and engines. Paul preferred to design and create his buildings, layouts, and other accessories mostly with his own hands, and was self taught from reading. He loved to ride his bike to the library and would spend hours there.
In my heart, for years and years I wanted to create a place for him to be able to work, a place that would be safe, loving, nurturing and compassionate. He needed a place where he could be himself and grow, while also continuing to learn and use his passion for creating. It was a constant gnawing inside of me, but something I never knew how to establish.
Finally, it just seemed fitting to take all the skills I had acquired, and gather some friends who too had various skills, and knew how to make things. It was from the understanding of that passion that drove my brother to want to learn, and was so proud of what he created, that I came to create SEEDs.
SEEDs was to be the safe haven for Paul, and others like him, who needed a place to continue to grow, learn and be understood, into adulthood. A place where failure didn’t exist, and oddities were a benefit not a blunder. I wanted Paul to be given the opportunities he deserved.
Paul will sadly never get that opportunity, as God apparently had some other plans for him. Two months after the doors opened for SEEDs, we were told that Paul had pancreatic cancer, and it had spread within his entire intestinal area as well. There was no hope for treatment of any kind. We took him home and my family and I cared for him there through his last difficult five months.
For those who loved Paul, his loss leaves huge gapping holes in our hearts. He was the purpose for my mom, and the bright shining light in our lives. His smile and hearty laugh brightened the room and was contagious. From him, we were taught, and given so much.
Because of Paul, it is in his loving memory that SEEDs continues, and I hope that it will make the difference in the lives it touches, as it was intended to do for him.
Mary Ann LaRoche
Director, SEEDS for Autism
Thank You, Sponsors!
We are grateful for the companies, colleges, and organizations that partner with us as sponsors at the AFHE Convention! Their presence and participation helps us to provide a quality event while keeping registration fees as affordable as possible for our attendees. Be sure to stop by their booths and visit their websites and thank them for their support of homeschooling in Arizona!
The following sponsors have signed up already. More to come!
Board of Directors