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Tackling on multiple fronts the complex issue of housing for a growing special needs population.

Newsletter – July 2022

Meeting Housing Needs and Preferences: We Need Your Valued Input! First Place AZ is launching the Greater Phoenix Housing Market Analysis, a comprehensive initiative for adults with autism and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD)—and we need to hear from you! Join us on Thursday, August 4 from 6:30–8 p.m. (PDT) for a Zoom stakeholder meeting and the opportunity to share more

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The Rewind and Fast-Forward of Matt’s Video Collection

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO, First Place® AZ We just closed a very big and long chapter of Matt’s history—and our own. Last week, we delivered more than 400 of his childhood VHS tapes to Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. We received a whopping $33, along with their commitment to share the donated collection with nonprofits. In those boxes were

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July is Disability Pride Month

dis·a·bil·i·ty /ˌdisəˈbilədē/ noun 1. A physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities. 2. A disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law. “He had to quit his job and go on disability.” pride /prīd/ noun 1. A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those

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Newsletter – June 2022

“One First Leads to the Next” is Theme for 2022 Symposium Save the date and join us October 19–21, 2022 for the 11th First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium with the theme of “One First Leads to the Next.” We’re offering another convenient hybrid event, with the opportunity to attend in person in Phoenix, Arizona and/or via webinar. Benefit from

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A Hopeful Future with More Firsts

Our grandson just turned one and with that came his first step. His Uncle Matt turns 31 today and with that comes a collection of his own memorable “firsts:” significant strides, family celebrations and many challenges on his path to a happy, healthy and more independent life. My list of firsts has also grown over Matt’s lifetime. I’ll never forget

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Newsletter – May 2022

“In A Different Key” Continues to Open Doors Thank you to everyone who joined us for private screenings of “In A Different Key.” More than 400 people attended two screening of this extraordinary documentary about the first person diagnosed with autism and a mother’s search for answers on how to build supportive communities like Forest, Mississippi and Phoenix (both featured

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