Our mission to enhance quality of life that leads to more independent living options stretches far beyond the heart of Greater Phoenix, home to our first First Place property. What Jill illustrates are the very real and most pressing … More
Matt Sedwick and his mom, Shelley Donald, are working hard to prepare for Matt's independence, life at First Place and beyond. Check out this story and beautiful collection of images by photo journalist and ASU … More
The early years before and after an autism diagnosis are busy.
Many kids nowadays – our son Hayes included – are diagnosed before age 3. Before you hear the life-changing word you may have already expected, … More
Lauren spoke at SARRC's 15th Annual Community Breakfast in 2013 and the 1,800 people in attendance responded with a standing ovation. She's a remarkable and courageous young woman. I am a 28-year-old with high-functioning autism, a.k.a. Asperger's … More
The components of First Place fit together like puzzle pieces, forming a clear vision of a bright future, and the path to get there. Live. Learn. Lead. When you drill down to the details of First Place, … More
At first glance, First Place is like any other building—it has a blueprint and the basic building blocks that make up a structure, with rooms and places for activities. Sitting empty, you could walk through … More
Open. Four letters and a simple meaning. Open embraces and invites. It conjures opportunity and newness. And for many who may have feared closed doors, the fact that new ones are now opening also means hope. … More