Transition Academy

Broadening life skills. Building confidence. Experiencing success.

Independent living takes practice.

The First Place Transition Academy, with clinical services provided by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), is a structured program designed for adults with autism that helps build crucial independent living and career-readiness skills. Within the supportive, connected environment of First Place–Phoenix, participants can maximize their capacity to live more independently through the Learn4Independence® curriculum and individualized services, broadening life skills and building confidence—one first at a time.

“I’ve learned how to cook. Steak, lamb, pork chops—whatever I want. I’ve also learned about budgeting and how to keep track of my money and expenses.”
Lincoln, Transition Academy Graduate

Learn4Independence®

A two-year program that shapes the future.

During the Transition Academy’s residential two-year, 32-course Learn4Independence program, participants live in their own private bedroom in a four-bedroom suite on the first floor of First Place–Phoenix. Living in this energizing, person-centered community, students enjoy a wide range of property amenities, the convenience of a midtown location and walking distance to public transportation. All classes are taught by SARRC at GateWay Community College in Phoenix.

The curriculum

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Safety (1-4)
Work (1-4)
Etiquette
Health (1-2)
Relationships (1-4)
Solutions (1-2)
Organization
Finances (1-4)
Identity (1-2)
Transportation
Community (1-4)
Nutrition (1-2)
Living on My Own

Year
1

The syllabus includes 16 of 32 Learn4Independence courses guiding individuals to build greater life and work skills.

Year
2

Participants complete the remaining 16 courses, continue transition planning and, upon completion of the program, receive a certificate in life skills at the GateWay Community College graduation ceremony.

Program outcomes

Here is a sample of what our most recent graduating class has achieved.

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Report good or excellent quality of life.
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Have independently set life goals on jobs, home, healthcare and relationships.
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Navigate public and private transportation on their own.
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Manage their health and safety needs with little or no assistance.
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Care for their home space independently.
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Manage their own expenses.
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Are employed, seeking employment or are at least a part-time student.