First Place

Developed as a residential community to serve as a national and international model, First Place–Phoenix offers supportive apartment housing for adults with autism and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities, as well as a residential transition program for adults with autism.

Where one first leads to the next.

Many adults with autism and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities (A/I/DD) face unique challenges with daily living. At First Place–Phoenix, residents live and thrive in a supportive environment that provides the comfort of home and a spirit of community. They benefit from the tools and resources to help them enjoy a fun, meaningful lifestyle.

“There's no doubt this was the right choice for Jackson and our family. From his first days at First Place–Phoenix, we’ve seen nothing but growth and greater happiness and self-confidence in our son.”
Jennifer, Mom of Jackson, First Place–Phoenix Resident

First Place AZ

Before anything else, we established First Place AZ: the nonprofit roots for First Place–Phoenix and the Global Leadership Institute.


Foster a supportive, sustainable community where adults with autism and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities live and thrive with pride, purpose and endless possibilities.


Ensure housing, healthcare and employment options are as bountiful for adults with autism and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities as they are for everyone else.

Inclusivity Diversity Equity Accessibility (IDEA)

First Place AZ is dedicated to fostering an inclusive community, growing a diverse and integrated workforce, and providing housing that is affordable, accessible and attainable. We seek to impact the greater community through conversations, actions and lived experiences. We lead authentically through daily practices focused on addressing roadblocks through dialog, modeling, data collection, innovation and public policy—and maximizing independence and quality of life for those we serve.