Southwest Institute is dedicated to supporting people with disabilities in empowerment, advocacy and knowledge.


Who Are We?

Southwest Institute for Families and Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Phoenix Arizona that specializes in working with families and individuals with disabilities. Since 2001, SWI has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing advocacy trainings, education, and support to individuals and organizations on both the local and national level.

YAC-AZ members George, Juliana, Calvin, and Jay are standing in front of House of Representatives in Arizona
YAC-AZ members go to the state capital

What Is Our Vision?

A world where people with disabilities are equal members of an inclusive society.

What Are Our Values?

We believe people with disabilities should be accepted as equal members of an inclusive community.

We believe people with disabilities should have the right to make well-informed independent decisions and have the opportunity to take personal responsibility of their lives.

We believe people with disabilities should have equal access to information and opportunities so that they may successfully achieve their goals in all aspects of their lives.

We believe that we should champion the accomplishments of people with disabilities, promote their skills, and strengthen their needs in order to advance their standing in the community.

Services provided by SWI include:

Advocacy trainings for people with disabilities and their families

Supported education and career exploration for vocational rehabilitation clients

Voting rights trainings

Disability rights and responsibilities in the workplace

Disability etiquette and sensitivity trainings

Self advocacy organization development and technical assistance

Contact SWI today to see how we can work together!

George Garcia MSW
Executive Director
Southwest Institute for Families and Children
‪(602) 730-2846‬


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