Supporting your desire and ability to live independently.
The Transition Academy is designed for residents who:
Academy participants take part in interviews; family members or legal guardians may also be 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 a registration form.
The two-year Transition Academy is currently operating from a beta site in Phoenix called 29 Palms, where participants reside in two-bedroom apartments, also known as independent-living classrooms. Nine two-bedroom units for Transition Academy participants are co-located with 12 multigenerational units for non-First Place residents.
Starting in 2018, annual Transition Academy tuition is $48,000 ($4,000 per month), which includes the apartment lease, utilities, community college tuition and instruction. Participants will live at First Place–Phoenix in one of the four four-bedroom suites during their first year and reside at 29 Palms during their second year as they progress to more independent living. The Transition Academy represents one of two residential options offered by First Place. The second option is the First Place Apartments.
The information listed above is reviewed upon receipt. If the applicant does not meet the entrance criteria, written notification is sent to the applicant and parent(s) or guardian(s).
If the applicant meets the entrance criteria, the First Place Transition Academy Program Assistant will contact you about next steps.
The interview committee assesses whether:
The purpose of the second interview is to:
Applicant interviews are part of the evaluation process, but they are not the total basis for deciding whether the applicant will be added to the waiting list. 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 disability and outlines the social, educational and vocational history of the applicant. We will also request that you obtain information from teachers, doctors and supervisors, if available.