First Place AZ hosted a Global Leadership Institute Symposium Oct. 25-27, 2017 to provide service providers, developers, educators and families with information on building a supportive community, to include fundraising and collaborative strategies with public, private, philanthropic and nonprofit interests.
The two-day symposium featured a workshop on health and wellness led by Javier Cardenas, M.D., Adult Autism & Developmental Disability Multi-Speciality Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute; life skills development and independent living by Paige Raetz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, SARRC Residential Transition Director; and leveraging community assets by George Braddock, president of Creative Housing Solutions and faculty member of the First Place Global Leadership Institute.
John Donvan and Caren Zucker, award-winning journalists and authors of Pulitzer Prize finalist, In a Different Key – The Story of Autism
, moderated a workshop on safety and security. Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall participated in the discussion with Emily Iland, producer of Be Safe the Movie
, along with First Place Transition Academy participants.