First Place

A Vision & Reality.


First place to experience independence.

There is a place that provides training and support, helping adults with autism and other special abilities to live more independently.

First place to build an adult life.

A new residential model that maximizes independence, community integration, personal enrichment and quality of life. Within walking distance of public transit, residents will be connected to the community-at-large offering opportunities for lifelong growth.

First place to practice independent living.

First Place® and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) are partnering to develop a state-of-the-art transition program that offers temporary living arrangements for 32 students each year as they transition to more independent living.

First place to create a new home.

Located in the heart of Phoenix, the contemporary, 56-unit First Place-Phoenix apartment property will be community-connected, transit-oriented and sustained by a suite of amenities and supportive services. Opening Spring 2018.

Transitioning to independence can be challenging.

And if your adult loved one has autism or a related disorder, it can be difficult. How will they be safe? Who will help them take on the challenges of daily living? Or encourage their aspirations and goals? Enter First Place. A residential living development built to meet their unique needs. Learn more about our Vision and Goals for this community.

"The best security system is the one that builds a true sense of community."
-Peter Gerhardt, Ed. D., EPIC School
  • Community Connection

    First Place offers a location that’s convenient to everything in Central Phoenix. The development is within walking distance of public transit…

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  • The Process

    The five things you should do prior to occupancy at First Place…

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  • Strategic Partnerships

    First Place is closely aligned with the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). Its mission is to advance…

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