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

Newsletter – December 2021

Welcome to the First Holiday Tour of Doors! First Place–Phoenix’s Holiday Tour of Doors was a bright and cheery success! Residents and Transition Academy students had a blast getting festive in a variety of ways. They proudly showed off their beautiful doors for family, friends and visitors, and enjoyed making First Place–Phoenix even homier for the holidays. Awards recognized most

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A Steady Hand—and a Forever Home—for Loved Ones on the Spectrum

She was 80. I was 30 years younger. We bonded instantly as moms of adult sons with autism. Her heart forever touched my own as she shared her journey of moving her adult son 10 times into various residential properties, questioning whether First Place could be his “forever” place. She knew this would be the last time she would direct

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Newsletter – November 2021

Happy Thanksgiving from First Place! Everyone is preparing for a fabulous First Place feast, including baking pumpkin pies, tuning in to the annual Thanksgiving parade, enjoying a turkey dinner with all the fixings—and watching a Netflix favorite! In keeping with our year-round Kind It Forward® activities, residents recently packed Thanksgiving dinner boxes for delivery to Child Crisis AZ. First Place

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Acting—and Feeling—My Age

“What age would you be if you didn’t know what age you were?” –Satchel Paige, American Baseball Player As I celebrate my birthday today, I’m inclined to reflect on my younger, early-30s self. Knees that carried me on long runs. Dark brown hair with just a hint of gray that added professional maturity to interactions with PR clients. Skin that

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Using Peripheral Vision to Move Your Vision Forward

A big vision can be inspiring—and a magnet for like-minded pioneers on the same path. Consider a healthcare model where no one goes untreated or is medically misunderstood because of a diagnosis of autism or other neurodiversity. That’s our big vision at the First Place Global Leadership Institute. This brief video shares more about initiatives underway through recently launched programs at First Place–Phoenix,

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Newsletter – September 2021

September marks three years since our public housewarming event at First Place–Phoenix. Members from our amazing and ever-growing, supportive community came together full of hope to support First Place residents, families, staff and partners for this huge milestone that has set us on a path of building “a diverse community of pride, purpose and endless possibilities.” 10th Symposium a Milestone

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