There’s a Place for That!

Have fun viewing our latest short film and discover what makes First Place unique. Not only are residents honing their individual paths to greater independence, they’re making friends, working, volunteering and learning how to live adult lives to the fullest. First Place: We’re the place for that!

Artists Abound at First Place 

Take a stroll through the property and you’ll see artwork as vibrant and varied as the individuals who live here. We’re pleased to boast several resident artists, including their family members, who have so generously shared their talents to grace the walls of First Place–Phoenix with colorful, expressive and original art. A recent Fox 10 Phoenix story features the amazing gifts of one resident artist in particular, who uses the canvas to communicate his newfound independence in profound ways.

Next LNCS Meeting Is Sat., April 13

Join us for the kick-off of our new 360 Health & Wellness Program and welcome Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., who has more than 35 years’ experience successfully working with adolescents and adults with autism. The focus of this and future LNCS (Lifelong Networks for Communities of Support) meetings will be on healthy transitions for family members and their adult children. Don’t miss valuable insights from this experienced, engaging and entertaining national leader. We look forward to seeing you next month—in person or via webinar—and don’t forget to RSVP! 

Spring Symposium Is Just around the Corner

We invite you to come visit—or return to!—Phoenix, Arizona from April 24-26 to join us for the semi-annual First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium. Based on more than 20 years of research in the field of autism and special needs, we’re eager to share what we’ve learned in the process of building community—and our very first residential property, First Place–Phoenix.
Learn more about the symposium that is becoming a must-attend event for stakeholders in more positive, lasting outcomes for special populations. Meet leaders from our design team and learn about other pioneering properties in Greater Phoenix. Topics range from housing, community and job development to property design goals and guidelines. We look forward to seeing you next month!

TPI Jobs Initiative Making Strides

Since our introductory press conference last month—and thanks to lots of great local media coverage—the word is spreading about this groundbreaking jobs program established in collaboration with The Precisionists, Inc. of Delaware. TPI creates jobs for individuals across a broad range of disabilities. The goal is to employ 500 local adults with autism and other different abilities over the next three to five years. Check out this short film to learn more.
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