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

Newsletter – May 2021

Pandemic Restrictions—and Our Hearts—Are Lifted! The long-awaited announcement of the reopening of First Place community spaces has arrived! Considering a large percentage of our community has been vaccinated, effective immediately, all COVID-19 restrictions are lifted—and residents and staff alike are quickly returning to the same bustling hub of daily living, learning and leading. We’re eager and excited to pick up

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Newsletter – April 2021

Spring Symposium Attendees Visit the Past—and Focus on the Future We’re thrilled with the success of the ninth Global Leadership Institute Symposium earlier this month. Participation and presentations via webinar by so many pioneering leaders from across North America and around the world—representing 30 states and six countries—is a testament to the continued commitment to fuel a new generation of

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Sharing Pain Points and Lessons Learned to Drive the Dream

Sharing Pain Points and Lessons Learned to Drive the Dream

Fueling a new generation of housing and community options for people with autism and other neurodiversities is an experiment—a big one. While we all want successful outcomes, the variables are vast, resources limited, models scarce and data still out of reach. With demand for housing and services at an all-time high as approximately 60,000 individuals with autism in the U.S.

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Past & Present

Ian McCoy, First Place Transition Academy graduate By Brent Jackson, First Place Resident and Transition Academy Graduate When asked what my first idea would be for a blog, it took me a couple of days to really get my gears going. Then the perfect idea came to me. This is it: I can connect with former graduates of the First

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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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