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January 2016
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Two Award-Winning Journalists Bring us the Definitive History of Autism 

In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism—by liberating children from dank institutions, campaigning for their right to go to school, challenging expert opinion on what it means to have autism, and persuading society to accept those who are different.  

360 Health & Wellness Initiative to Increase Independence

First Place is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the Board of Visitors to launch the 360 Health & Wellness Initiative in collaboration with Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and Dignity Health/Barrow Neurological Institute.
The initiative will establish a continuous spectrum of health within a community framework through the creation of 30-40 learning modules for individuals with autism and other special abilities, their families and support providers, and health care professionals.
The modules cover topics such as preparing for an annual physical, managing prescriptions and understanding the Patient Bill of Rights. The goal is to increase independence for individuals with autism, increase healthcare access and empower families.
The Board of Visitors is the oldest charitable organization in Arizona, serving the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly. 
Learn more here. 

Please Welcome Tess Burleson to First Place's Board

Tess is the Chief Operating Officer of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and President of TGen Health Ventures. First Place will benefit greatly from Tess’ expertise and know-how as we advance our development plans for First Place and the important work of the Leadership Institute. Read more here:
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Health and Wellness starts with you. First Place is developing a tele-health program in collaboration with Dignity Health/Barrow Neurological Institute to address the medical needs of adults with autism while streamlining the process for individuals and their families. We'd greatly appreciate your help. Please assist us by taking this survey.

Things I Hear as a
Woman with Autism

"You don't seem autistic to me." These are words Val Paradiz, First Place curriculum specialist, hears often. In her most recent article, she explains her diagnosis, how it went unnoticed for years and why autism should not be perceived as a male condition. Read the full article:



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