History & Cause

Serving Arizona's Children for More Than 50 Years!

UPWARD has been dedicated to a simple yet powerful purpose. To see past a child’s disability, recognize their unique abilities, and do everything in our power to ensure these children and their families thrive—through education, therapy and loving care.

Due to a passionate commitment to this calling, Upward is many of the Valley school districts’ primary provider of special education, therapy and childcare for children with severe disabilities.

Our Purpose
Helping children with special needs achieve their highest potential, while empowering their  families to thrive.

Our Mission
Bringing hope and joy to the children we serve.

Our primary sources of financial support are the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities, local school districts; and the generous contributions of people like you!

Our children are also grateful for the support of Value  Village Thrift Stores. They pick up your usable clothing and household goods, and resell them at their two west valley stores. A generous portion of their proceeds go to Upward. Please say "yes" when an Upward truck is in your neighborhood, and shop the Value Village Thrift Stores for some great bargains!