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SARRC President & CEO
First Place® and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) are sister nonprofits. SARRC was co-founded in 1997 by First Place Founder Denise D. Resnik with a mission to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.
SARRC undertakes self-directed research, serves as a satellite site for national and international projects and provides up-to-date information, training and assistance to families and professionals about autism.
Through integrative research, educational outreach, model programs and collaborative initiatives, SARRC sets forth, promotes and facilitates best practices for early intervention and the long-term support of adults with an autism spectrum disorder.
The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Arizona devoted to preserving dignity and promoting quality of life for seniors, adults with disabilities and their caregivers.
FSL has also redeveloped 29 Palms, the beta site for the First Place® Transition Academy, by co-locating eight two-bedroom units for adults with autism with 13 apartments for multi-generational residents. The property is currently accepting enrollment.
In 2014, the Arizona Department of Housing awarded the Outstanding Affordable Housing Initiative to 29 Palms.
FSL’s Home Health program is helping adults of all ages with special needs in their home environments. FSL provides a wide array of fee-based, customized services that promote personal choice, independent living, well-being and peace of mind for families and caregivers. FSL has an extensive and respected track record of offering individualized solutions that solve problems and remove barriers.