Impacting education, business, housing, healthcare and public policy.
The mission of the Institute is to increase the number of housing options for individuals with autism and other neuro-diversities and to develop a field of leaders advancing promising and best practices.
The First Place Leadership Institute is already collaborating with international experts and industry leaders through its five centers:
First Place will soon offer specialized training and certification programs to exponentially increase the number of high-quality, well-trained and credentialed direct support service providers, making it a valued career for the best and the brightest.
Developed by distinguished leaders in this highly specialized field, the Leadership Institute offers direct experience for a broad range of sectors related to how the greater community can serve as an independent living classroom. The Institute also focuses on multidisciplinary study and research for educators and medical professionals, enabling the creation of more residential options that support greater independence. It is designed to offer hands-on training and development for professionals seeking careers working with individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Institute’s nationally respected faculty includes leaders in the field of autism and other special abilities. The faculty is currently forming and already involves some of our nation’s most respected thought leaders in adult services and supports.
“Handicapped,” dependency mindset
Limited options, high cost/demand, dwindling government resources
Scarcity of proven outcomes, replicable programs and private capital
Low wages, limited training, high turnover
Dated; limits innovation and true integration
Need for large-scale initiatives defining best practices
Unacceptable; few practitioners on cutting edge of autism and service to/support of patients
Varied and ever changing; need to leverage and maximize
Broad range of diversity; no form of segmentation