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Vision & Goals

A community developer empowering people with autism and other neuro-abilities to thrive.

First Place to Take First Steps.

First Place® AZ, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, represents home for individuals who live there, peace of mind for family and friends who come and go, and an inspiring and enriching environment for those who work and learn there. It represents a new residential prototype that aspires to be an international model.

Vision

Ensuring that housing and community options are as bountiful for adults with autism and other neuro-diversities as they are for everyone else.

Mission

First Place sets the standard for developing communities that integrate adults with autism and other neuro-diversities into the fabric of society through housing, healthcare, education, employment, supportive systems and culture.

Goals

  • Create an internationally recognized development with a mix of residential options that serves as home for individuals with autism and other neuro-diversities.
  • Demonstrate the success of residents and Transition Academy participants through quality-of-life indicators, including health and safety, joy and fulfillment, community engagement and productivity, greater self-sufficiency and independence, and peace of mind for their families.
  • Serve as a site for education, training and thought leadership focused on expanding quality housing options.
  • Empower advancements in public policy to support new models based on positive outcomes; respected, evidence-based research; and sound financial frameworks facilitating the scalability of similar future developments.