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Ensuring Resident Quality of Life

First Place AZ is dedicated to creating a supportive, sustainable community where adults with autism and other neurodiversities live and thrive with pride, purpose and endless possibilities. We want to demonstrate the success of First Place residents and Transition Academy participants through quality-of-life indicators, including community engagement and productivity, greater self-sufficiency and independence, and peace of mind for their families. This is achieved through the development of skill-based programs, surveys and analysis of outcomes to measure impact. 


Various surveys are designed for the participation of residents, Transition Academy students/residents and their families throughout the course of an individual’s residence at First Place–Phoenix. Surveys are designed to optimize each group’s experiences at First Place.

First Place is constantly working to improve neurodiverse individuals’ living experiences (environment, community engagement, vocational services, etc.). Surveys tell us how we’re doing and indicate areas for improvement.

Survey results are confidential and used anonymously to provide positive experiences, as well as improve the quality of First Place services for neurodiverse adults on their paths to more independent living.

360 Health & Wellness®

The First Place 360 Health & Wellness® curriculum is a three-course program for neurodiverse adults, their family members/guardians, and medical professionals and students to learn to navigate often complicated medical care for neurodiverse individuals. Pre- and post-surveys are administered for participant feedback on what’s working, as well as needed changes and improvements.

Each of the three groups has the opportunity to participate in courses developed to meet various needs in their particular role(s):

  • Staying Healthy for neurodiverse adults
  • Supporting Independence for their family members/guardians
  • Implementing Care for medical professionals and students

Each course is designed with 10 modules of content and materials. While taught separately, we recommend participants of the Staying Healthy and Supporting Independence take the courses at the same time for optimal results.


Kiip is a digital document storage platform offered in partnership with First Place to help make healthcare management easier for neurodiverse adults. This unique platform allows individuals to store their medical documents in one place for easy accessibility for appointments and accommodation requests. Kiip is an effective tool that encourages greater self-advocacy for medical care management.

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