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Global Leadership Institute

Impacting education, business, housing, healthcare and public policy.

Advancing Innovative Solutions for Home and Community Development.

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. 

The First Place Global Leadership Institute collaborates with international experts and industry leaders through its five centers:

  • Maricopa County IDA Center for Education, Training & Employment
  • Center for Real Estate & Community Development
  • Colonel Harland Sanders Center for Applied Research
  • Mulzet Center for Expression/Communication
  • The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Center for Public Policy

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.

The First Place Global Leadership Institute addresses 10 priority issues:

  1. Quality of Life


  2. Isolation

    “Handicapped,” dependency mindset

  3. Housing Crisis

    Limited options, high cost/demand, dwindling government resources

  4. Business Models

    Scarcity of proven outcomes, replicable programs and private capital

  5. Support Staff

    Low wages, limited training, high turnover

  6. Public Policy

    Dated; limited innovation and integration

  7. Research

    Need for large-scale initiatives defining best practices

  8. Adult Medical Care

    Too few practitioners on the cutting edge of autism servicing/supporting patients

  9. Technology Platforms

    Too varied and ever-changing; need for leveraging and maximizing

  10. Heterogeneity

    Broad range of diversity; lack of segmentation

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