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Vote the Spectrum™ Continues Blazing Trails February was an energizing month for Vote the Spectrum, with workshops for champions to…

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter Through the Arts & Humanities First Place returned to Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West for an unforgettable evening with special guests, including renowned…

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Happy Holidays from First Place–Phoenix! Thanks to everyone who joined us for the annual Holiday Tour of Doors! First Place–Phoenix residents, Transition Academy students and staff spread holiday joy as…

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Family Fun Night Annual Family Fun Night is an opportunity for residents to welcome their loving and supportive families to an evening that gives them a taste of community life at…

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12th Symposium Exceeds Expectations—and Makes Many Memorable Moments! Huge thanks to all—attendees, speakers and our generous sponsors—for being part of the 12th First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium, in person…

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All Aboard with the 2023 Symposium Join us for this year’s 12th First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium October 18–20 (in person in Phoenix or via webinar) as we “get on…

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2023 Symposium Gathering Steam Reserve your seat for the 12th First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium on October 18, 19 and 20! The 2023 event is on track to be […]

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First Place–Phoenix Hits 5-Year Mark July marks First Place–Phoenix’s fifth anniversary since our front doors opened (as did our collective arms) to welcome adults with autism and other neurodiversities and…

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Save the Date for the 12th First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium! Save the date and join us from October 18–20 for the 2023 First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium…

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Congrats, Transition Academy Class of 2023! They’ve worked hard to get through classes, apply what they’ve learned and arrive at this milestone. We’re immensely proud of their growth and progress…

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Another Generous Triple-Match from Make Waves Family Foundation! In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, Make Waves Family Foundation—a longtime First Place AZ champion and nonprofit equally committed to the cause—is…

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First Place Production of Frozen Jr. Warms Hearts First Place actors and supportive staff, ASU directing and production cast, family and friends in the audience—everyone take another bow! Frozen Jr.,…

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First Place Announces First-of-Its-Kind Report First Place AZ is thrilled to announce public distribution of the long-awaited Greater Phoenix Housing Market Analysis (GPHMA). Download the comprehensive report with current data…

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Newly Named Make Waves Center Makes Big Splash at First Place We’re thrilled that the Make Waves Family Foundation, a Boston-based foundation that empowers youth and adults living with Autism…

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Happy Holidays from First Place–Phoenix! Thanks to everyone who joined us for the annual Holiday Tour of Doors! First Place–Phoenix residents and Transition Academy students were full of joy leading…

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In a Different Key PBS National premiere December 13 Tune into your local PBS station December 13 for the premiere of the award-winning documentary In a Different Key about the…

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One First Leads to the Next at 11th Global Leadership Institute Symposium We took many significant steps forward together at this year’s symposium held in person in Phoenix and via…

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“One First Leads to the Next” Join us October 19–21 for the 11th First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium to share your next first. “One first leads to the next…”…

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11th First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium Join us October 19–21 for the 11th First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium with the option to attend in person in Phoenix, Arizona…

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Meeting Housing Needs and Preferences: We Need Your Valued Input! First Place AZ is launching the Greater Phoenix Housing Market Analysis, a comprehensive initiative for adults with autism and/or other…

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“One First Leads to the Next” is Theme for 2022 Symposium Save the date and join us October 19–21, 2022 for the 11th First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium with […]

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“In A Different Key” Continues to Open Doors Thank you to everyone who joined us for private screenings of “In A Different Key.” More than 400 people attended two screening…

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“In A Different Key” Back in Phoenix The extraordinary documentary about a mother’s search for the first person diagnosed with autism—now an 88-year-old man living in rural Mississippi—continues its amazing,…

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SARRC’s 2022 Annual Community Breakfast Shares Theme of “Better Together” Congratulations, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, on reaching an incredible milestone—25 years! We look forward to celebrating with you…

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Coaching • Connecting • Creating Confidence in the Future We’re excited to share that Lifelong Networks for Communities of Support (LNCS) sessions are back! LNCS is a group of parents…