December 2016
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Breaking New Ground

First Place AZ has broken ground on a new $15 million residential property for adults with autism and other special abilities with a one-of-a-kind approach to combining apartments, a residential training program and a national leadership institute to advance more independent and community integrated living options. Click here to see photos and experience the energy and emotion of the event.

First Place’s Capital Campaign Progresses

First Place is making great strides in reaching its $21.3 million comprehensive capital campaign goal. Naming opportunities are still available for the First Place-Phoenix property, along with signature programs including ASU/Teach For America fellowships.

Shop a Little, Help a Lot

Autism Speaks has created a roster of creative companies and organizations committed to employing individuals with autism. Consider these groups for your gift-giving year ‘round.


Joe Cooper Appointed First Place CFO/COO

Joe Cooper brings a wealth of executive management experience and expertise in organizational development and licensing. Spanning 30 years of financial and business leadership, Cooper has consulted with numerous start-up companies and served as executive vice president of a NYSE-listed company. He is a founding board member of First Place AZ and formerly served as the board’s treasurer.

Ford Expands Hands-On Training Program for People with Autism

Ford Motor Co. has expanded a hands-on program that gives people with autism the chance to gain work experience with the automaker.
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