Supporting your desire and ability to live independently.
The First Place Transition Academy accepts individuals who meet the following criteria:
Academy applicants take part in interviews and assessments with SARRC for clinical program approval; family members or legal guardians are also involved.
If you meet these criteria and are interested in learning more about the curriculum for adults with autism at the First Place Transition Academy, please complete the contact us form
Annual Transition Academy tuition includes the apartment lease, utilities, community college tuition and instruction, and employment and clinical services. During years one and two of the program, participants live at First Place–Phoenix in one of the four four-bedroom suites as they progress to more independent living.
Note: Insurance funding is subject to ongoing reauthorization and is not guaranteed. In the event that there is a lapse in funding, the student and student’s guarantor will be responsible for the full annual tuition of $86,700 or $7,909.60/month.
In celebration of Baylee’s life and enduring spirit, First Place AZ has established the Baylee Barradas Scholarship Fund.
Baylee was one of our first Transition Academy students. She filled our world with music, smiles, style and fashion, animated conversations and a dogged desire to live more independently. Baylee was a trusted and thoughtful friend and neighbor to many, and often invited others to join her for live music or to prepare and enjoy community meals—and many celebrations.
Guided by her big heartedness and the cheerleader rooted in her DNA, this scholarship will offer others the chance to succeed. Please see the program criteria above.
We thank donors for making this fund possible and the privilege to honor Baylee’s strength, courage and character.
To learn more about Baylee:
In her quest to always help others, Baylee joined several classmates in recording this video about women living with autism. Baylee’s honest heart, courage to be herself, and kindness toward all two and four-legged friends and family members shine through!
Applicant interviews are part of the evaluation process, but they are not the total basis for deciding whether the applicant will be considered. In addition to the information gathered during the on-site evaluation interview, we will request information from the referring agency that documents an applicant’s ability and outlines the social, educational and work history of the applicant. We will also request that you obtain information from teachers, doctors and supervisors, if available.
If the applicant meets the entrance criteria, the First Place Transition Academy Program Assistant will contact you about next steps.
Outcomes from evaluation: