First Place Transition Academy
Moving toward independent living takes practice. First Place Transition Academy operated by the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) provides a highly structured and supportive environment for building crucial career-readiness skills. Through transitional housing, life skills and vocational programs at the Academy, students with autism and other special abilities can maximize their ability to live independently, either at First Place or another place of their choosing.
Led by Jeff Ross, First Place Program Director & founder of the Taft Community College Transition to Independent Living (TIL) Program, First Place and SARRC are partnering to develop a state-of-the-art transition program that provides an independent living experience for 32 students each year as they transition to more independent living.
First Place® Apartments
Imagine creating—from the ground up—a residential concept for adults with autism and other special abilities. Consider the smallest details…then follow through with a plan for a new residential model that maximizes independence, community integration, personal enrichment and quality of life. That’s First Place.
Introducing Supportive Housing at First Place
Located in the heart of Phoenix, the 56-unit First Place-Phoenix apartment property is designed to be community-connected, transit-oriented and sustained by a suite of amenities and supportive services. Opening Spring 2018, applications are now being accepted.
Here, residents find the comforts of home, without the distractions that can make life difficult. The environment is specially designed to promote safety and security. Residents may choose to live by themselves, with a roommate or with an aide/mentor.