Newsletter – June 2024

2024 Symposium Ready to Roll!

Join us for the 13th First Place Global Symposium, Oct. 16–18, as we explore the many dimensions that define our community. We’ll share challenges and approaches for mutual understanding—plus ideas for navigating and creating the places and spaces where we want to live, work, play and thrive.

We’re building on last year’s momentum with a dynamic lineup of speakers and events. You’ll be among many other trailblazers and courageous leaders for three grounding, informative and fortifying days. Choose between in-person and online attendance. Register now to receive the early-bird discount for in-person attendance.

Together, our varied dimensions will help move the needle as we work together to fuel a new marketplace of housing, healthcare and community options for adults with autism and/or neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Spark the Spectrum Event Sparks Interest in Voting

Election officials and disability rights advocates teamed up once again to offer an inspiring, informational and interactive voting workshop at the Ability360 Conference Center. The packed room of engaged participants heard from special guests Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes and Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, along with other voting officials, disability advocates and community representatives.

Check out what Arizona leaders have to say in the short video “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit” of more inclusive, accessible communities. Learn more about Vote the Spectrum and register to vote today through a unique, secure site created by the Secretary of State’s Office.

Make your voice heard! Monday, July 1 is the deadline to register to vote for the primary election on July 30. 

Be Ready, Be Employed, Be Proud!

The First Place Global Leadership Institute has kicked off the Be Ready℠ Employment Readiness Program for adults with autism and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities, neurodiversities and/or mental health diagnoses. Available online and in person, Be Ready prepares you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to get hired and succeed in the workplace. Be Ready, be employed, be proud! Register today for the six-week, in-person course starting Friday, July 12.

First Place–Phoenix Residents Show True PRIDE Colors

NYC Pride kicked off Pride Month with a compelling theme for 2024: “Reflect. Empower. Unite.” In that same spirit, First Place–Phoenix residents gathered as a tight-knit, diverse and inclusive community to show their true colors.

First Place–Phoenix Firsthand

First Place–Phoenix is a supportive residential apartment community where adults with autism and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities can thrive as they explore their true potential through a variety of services and activities. Residents can benefit from a suite of support services, employment opportunities and an enriching community life. Schedule your tour today!

‘Tis the season for spending time in the pool—and what better opportunity to combine leisure with some “cool” fitness moves? Aquatic specialist Donna Lewen recently made a splash at First Place–Phoenix, leading residents in some fun aqua-pilates exercises.

Chef Titina was back this month for Clever Cooking, turning the culinary teaching kitchen into an Italian trattoria. Residents and staff worked together with her expert guidance (she makes it look so facile!) to make homemade ravioli stuffed with chicken, ham and cheese—topped with a fabulous lamb marinara and dollops of pesto. Delizioso!

With the snap of some glow sticks and the boom of some tunes, the Zen Room became the Zumba Room when special guest Jon revved up residents for a rousing and illuminating Zumba glow party.

Sprouts Plant to Palate Program Sprouting

We’re feeling a bounty of gratitude to Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation for its generous support of our Plant to Palate program. Thanks to Sprouts, residents are enjoying access to these healthy recipes as part of the program.

Life to the Power of “3”

In her latest blog, First Place AZ Founder & President/CEO Denise D. Resnik reflects on son Matt’s latest birthday and ponders the significance of the number 3. Watch this two-minute video to experience the fun!

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