Impacting education, business, housing, healthcare and public policy.
The mission of the Global Leadership Institute is to increase the number of housing options for individuals with autism and other neuro-diversities and to develop a field of leaders advancing promising best practices.
First Place offers specialized training and certification programs to exponentially increase the number of high-quality, well-trained and credentialed support specialists. Autism research and professional development make working at First Place a valued career for the best and the brightest.
Developed by distinguished leaders in this highly specialized field, the Global Leadership Institute offers direct experience for a broad range of sectors related to how the greater community can serve as an independent living classroom. The Institute also focuses on autism research and professional development, as well as multidisciplinary study and research for educators and medical professionals. This focus enables the creation of more residential options that support greater independence. It is designed to offer hands-on training and development for professionals seeking careers working with individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Institute’s nationally respected faculty includes experts in the field of autism and other special abilities who are also thought leaders in adult services and supports.
“Handicapped,” dependency mindset
Limited options, high cost/demand, dwindling government resources
Scarcity of proven outcomes, replicable programs and private capital
Low wages, limited training, high turnover
Dated; limited innovation and integration
Need for large-scale initiatives defining best practices
Too few practitioners on the cutting edge of autism servicing/supporting patients
Too varied and ever-changing; need for leveraging and maximizing
Broad range of diversity; lack of segmentation