Our Mission

To provide exceptional educational, behavioral, therapeutic and vocational programs to individuals with special needs, to give them the necessary skills to learn to work and live successfully with dignity and independence.

Our Vision

A life of dignity and self-worth.

our core value

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INITIATIVE: We demonstrate leadership and self-direction in accomplishing our goals.

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DIGNITY: We respect the dignity and difference of all individuals and treat everyone with respect under all circumstances.

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EXCELLENCE: We strive to maintain the highest standards of integrity and performance at all levels within the organization.

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ACCOUNTABILITY: We are personally accountable and responsible for our behavior and our results.

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SERVICE: We are passionate about meeting the needs of our clients, employees, community and society and are committed to ensuring quality service.

our history

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1980

7 classrooms served 49 students in Phoenix.

1989

Served 134 students on behalf of 23 school districts.

1991

Established special needs preschool services.

1992

Public school consortium program, 2 classrooms at Murphy Elementary School.

1995

Established an East Valley site in Tempe.

1999

Served 145 students on behalf of 24 school districts.

2002

Established innovative Adult Services in Phoenix.

2003

Moved Metro Campus to its current Phoenix site.

2005

Changed agency name to ACCEL (Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life-skills).

2009

Established BISTA Autism Center in Phoenix.

2009

Accredited by National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES) Accreditation. ACCEL remains the only agency in Arizona to have acquired this accreditation.

2009

Served 260 students on behalf of 33 school districts, 42 adults and approximately 15 children ages 2 through 16 in the BISTA Autism Clinic.

2010

Established ACCEL Buckeye Learning Center satellite school program.

2017

Established Tonopah school and adult services programs.

2019

Served 475 students in Arizona and Saudi Arabia, 110 adults and 40 children in the BISTA program. Established Ajyal Center for Comprehensive Education and Life-skills (ACCEL INTERNATIONAL).

MEET AJYAL CENTER STAFF

Raymond Damm has been working with ACCEL since March of 2016, starting as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Development Officer, and transitioning to the role of Chief Executive Officer in June of 2018.Ray holds a B.S. from The University of Virginia – Wise and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Having held executive positions in both the public and private sectors, Ray is driven to apply private sector best practices to sustainably address issues the public sector is driven to solve.  More..

Raymond Damm

BS, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

rdamm@accel.org

Originally an English teacher in Utah and Arizona (Mesa Junior High School), Gordon and his family moved to Washington State where he served in administration for three high schools, ultimately becoming the principal of Richland High School.While principal, Gordon served on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries of Columbia where he then became the CEO. After his time at Goodwill, Gordon founded and operated a software development company with global sales and was also elected to the local school board.  More..

Gordon Comfort

Chief Operating Officer

gcomfort@accel.org

Phillip Tanner is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and the Executive Center Director at the Ajyal Center for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills (ACCEL International). Dr. Tanner lead the team during the establishment of the Ajyal Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The Center has been open since September of 2019. Dr. Tanner has over 20 years of experience in education. Dr. Tanner has work experience as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Northern Arizona University. More..

Phillip Tanner

PH.D, NCSP
Executive Center Director

ptanner@accel.sa

Ezaldeen has been employed at ACCEL International in the early stages of its foundation aboard as a human resources consultant and administrator. Having worked mostly in the areas of Human Resources, Business and Project Management for more than 12 years in various international corporations, he is very familiar with Performance Management, Recruitment and Project Management Skills. More.. 

Ezaldeen Alsalman

Consultant

ealsalman@accel.sa

 

Mohammed is an experienced Finance Manager with 13 years of experience in many fields such industrial, service, health, and contracting. He is experienced in developing and improving accounting and finance systems, finance analysis, strategic planning, financial budgeting, cost Controlling, Sensitivity analysis, auditing, treasury accounting, and financial reporting. Mohammed has a bachelor’s degree, CMA certificate, strategic planning certificate, in addition to other experience certificates and training courses.
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Mohammed Mekedam

Finance Manager

mmekedam@accel.sa

Sana Mahdi has been working with international schools in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia since 2009. She received her degree in Information Systems from Sana’a University in Yemen. Sana started supporting small schools to develop and become bigger in Riyadh. By defining the schools’ vision, mission and strategies. She organized and managed many special events and activities representing the schools. . Sana is experienced in developing and improving of schools’ marketing plans and managing media and public relations. More..

Sana Mahdi

Marketing and Communications Manager

Sana.mahdi@accel.sa

Naif has been working with Human Resources since 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Yanbu University College in Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu. Naif is experienced in enforcing the labor law and to maintain the order in the organization. In addition, Naif certified in ERP Integrated Business Process with SAP. Naif began working with ACCEL in 2019 as a Human Resource Coordinator. 

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Naif Alharbi

HR Coordinator

nalharbi@accel.sa

Teri Baldwin is a certified speech language pathologist. She grew up in New Jersey, USA, 20 minutes from Philadelphia and got her B.S in Education, Communicative Disorders, at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She went to graduate school at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Az and earned her M.S. in Speech Language Disorders. She started with ACCEL in Arizona in 1994, and has worked as a teacher, speech pathologist and clinical director. She has worked at various private. More..

Teri Baldwin M.S.

Program Manager

tbaldwin@accel.sa

Elham ALJaafar is an English literature graduate. My mission in life is to put a fingerprint on the lives of others in whatever work I do. I worked as an English teacher for 15 years. I worked as a member on the project of developing Arabic language & library for 5 years. I was effective member on the project of connecting technology into curriculum for 3 years.
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Elham Al Ja’afar

School Principal-Female

ealjaafar@accel.sa

Batool completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology as her major area of specialization. Later she completed her Doctoral research in the Educational and Counselling Psychology-Human Development program from McGill University, Canada. Her research focuses on inclusive education emphasizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a core instructional design model. Specifically.   More..

Asma Batool

Director of Inclusive Education and Transition Services

abatool@accel.sa

Batool completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology as her major area of specialization. Later she completed her Doctoral research in the Educational and Counselling Psychology-Human Development program from McGill University, Canada. Her research focuses on inclusive education emphasizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a core instructional design model. Specifically. More..

Erika Nicol

Female Special Education Lead

enicol@accel.sa

Jeffrey Nicol is a special education teacher who is passionate about helping students achieve and grow to their full potential. Jeffrey received a Master of Education in Special Education from Arizona State University in 2012. He began his teaching career at ACCEL in Arizona in 2013. Since then he has taught in a variety of special education classrooms for 7 years in the private. More..

Jeffrey Nicol

Male Special Education Lead

jnicol@accel.sa

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Does our school have English placement?

During our first semester, we did not have English placement; however, we are in the process of creating classes for English placement for future semesters. At this time, if we have enough students who need English placement, we will create a class for them.

What are our tuition fees?

The tuition rates depend on the specific identified needs of our students. It will be very important to bring any previous medical, developmental or other evaluation reports to the screening to assist the team in making these decisions.

Can they do a tour?

Yes! Every Wednesday at 2pm, the Center offers tours to the public (Up to four families per Wednesday).

How much are the screening and assessment fees?

The charge for the initial assessment screening is 500 US dollars which equates to 1875 Saudi Riyals.

What kind of education do we offer?

Ministry of education.

What time does the school start and end for students?

Students attend to school from 7:30 am – 1:00pm.

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