The AARC serves the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families, caregivers, and service providers throughout the state of Alaska. We provide information, referral*, training, and consultation* via on-site and distance delivery. The Alaska Autism Resource Center (AARC) is a project of the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) located in Anchorage, Alaska.


*AARC is not a direct service provider, and does not provide medical referral or consultation. We can direct you to providers that offer the service you are looking for, or resources that may meet your needs.



To increase understanding and support for Alaskans of all ages with autism spectrum disorder via collaboration with families, schools and communities throughout the state.



  • Provide referral information to families seeking diagnostic and support services for their family member with ASD.

  • Team with other organizations and agencies to broaden the scope and availability of autism services in Alaska.

  • Provide in-service training to school district personnel, families, and community members in remote, rural, and urban Alaska.

  • Work with community, medical, and adult service providers to increase understanding of and appropriate services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

  • Provide up-to-date,information on all aspects of ASD via in-person and distance consultation.

  • Maintain a user-friendly website.


Aimee Smith is originally from Oregon and has lived in Alaska since 2013. ​She joined ​the AARC as an Autism Resource Specialist in August, 2017. Aimee has an M.A. ​in Teaching with a focus in upper elementary/middle school general education and music, as well as a post-graduate endorsement in special education. She has been involved in the field of education for 11 years as a volunteer, paraprofessional, and teacher, ​and has worked with exceptional populations since 2009. She has taught ​and/or provided support ​in a variety of ​classroom settings,​ including self-contained, inclusion support, and as a general education teacher. Aimee has also worked as a camp teacher for the Willamette Awesome Academic Adventures and Special Arts and Literacy Camps. She has a passion for working with students and families to increase ​students' ​accessibility to education​,​ and ​to ​the world around them. In her spare time, Aimee also works as a professional music composer.

Program Coordinator & Autism Resource Specialist
asmith@sesa.org  |  907-334-1312

Aimee Smith

Anne Freitag has lived in Alaska since 1971. She has worked at the SESA Library from 1991-2001, and again from 2003 to the present. Other library experience has included cataloging and young adult librarianship. Anne received her master's in librarianship and information management from the University of Denver, and also has degrees in computer information systems, English, history, and technology. When not working, she enjoys reading and making things.

afreitag@sesa.org  |  907-334-1301

Anne Freitag

Phylicia Christian joined AARC in September, 2014. She was born and raised in a small town in Minnesota, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She has enjoyed learning more about autism, and loves helping to coordinate Anchorage Walks for Autism each April. Outside of work, Phylicia enjoys exploring Alaska, spoiling her cat, and cooking.

Program Assistant
pchristian@sesa.org  |  907-334-1341

Phylicia Christian

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This website was last updated on 3/20/2020