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

Three Important Lessons from Two Years at First Place

I recently celebrated my two-year anniversary at First Place. During that time, I’ve watched the organization grow from an energized start-up to delivering on its vision as a global thought leader in neurodiverse housing and community development—all while weathering a pandemic! Most importantly, I experienced firsthand the impact of First Place–Phoenix on the lives of residents and their families. For

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Newsletter – March 2021

Spring Symposium Theme: “Look back. Drive the future…” The ninth First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium is just around the corner! Join us April 7 and 8 to hear from pioneers in housing and community development. The two-day webinar, with the theme of “Look back. Drive the future…”, will focus on what’s needed and required in housing development for adults

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New Autism Documentary Recognizes the Power of Community

In A Different Key, the new documentary about autism, depicts what’s possible for people with autism living in Forest, Mississippi, Phoenix, Arizona and communities across the country. While we know communities are perfectly imperfect, they provide us with opportunities to learn, grow, appreciate differences and experience kindness. As co-producer and co-director John Donvan says, “It’s not that hard to have

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Newsletter – February 2021

April Symposium Webinar—You’re Invited! The ninth First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium webinar is just around the corner! Join us April 7–8 to hear from pioneers in housing and community development—and learn how to make your big vision a reality. The two-day webinar, with the theme of Look back. Drive the future…, will focus on a greater understanding of the

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Humor Can See Us Through

Humor. It’s a powerful thing that can get us through all kinds of life events, cycles and seasons. My husband Rob and I recently celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. Admittedly, the years haven’t always been easy as we’ve navigated a predictably unpredictable life with autism. During some of our most challenging moments, Rob’s humor has kept us laughing through the

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