Blogs

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March 2024

Good Grief, What a Performance! On a recent delightful spring Saturday evening, the stage at Phoenix Center for the Arts was brimming with pride and confidence as the First Place–Phoenix…

August 2023

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO Recharging. It’s something we do daily and in a variety of ways. Consider the lengths to which we’ll go as we plug in…

July 2023

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO Flip one’s wig (v.): To react to something, good or bad, with strong emotion Matt loves my hair. Always has. He likes playing…

July 2023

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO Plans for an eight-day trip to Ireland as part of my immersive experience as a Virginia G. Piper Fellow hit big snags in…

June 2023

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO Long before a shovel of dirt was ever turned, I had been turning sugar packets, saltshakers, salsa dispensers—and whatever else I had at…

May 2023

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO  The “boost” on electric bikes offers riders (like me) added confidence on hilly terrain. But what happens when you run out of power?…

April 2023

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO I remember my early days of learning how to dive from the big board. I practiced my form from the safety of the…

April 2023

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO Remember your firsts? Sure you do. That first love—and broken heart. Your first job and home—and all that followed to help you learn…

October 2022

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO, First Place® AZ From the earliest days of designing First Place–Phoenix, we used the concept of kintsugi—the Japanese art of golden repair—to describe…

September 2022

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO, First Place® AZ While we celebrate personal and communal feats, we are also humbly aware that we don’t always get it right the…

September 2022

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO, First Place® AZ If you’ve been airborne or on the ground these past few years, you’ve experienced turbulence. I was reminded of this…

August 2022

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO, First Place® AZ In his latest book titled Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health, Thomas Insel, MD and former director…

July 2022

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO, First Place® AZ We just closed a very big and long chapter of Matt’s history—and our own. Last week, we delivered more than…

July 2022

dis·a·bil·i·ty /ˌdisəˈbilədē/ noun 1. A physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities. 2. A disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law….

June 2022

Our grandson just turned one and with that came his first step. His Uncle Matt turns 31 today and with that comes a collection of his own memorable “firsts:” significant…

April 2022

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO, First Place® AZ I’m sensitive. Always have been. As a kid, it caused me to carry too much weight on my shoulders, worrying…

March 2022

By Denise D. Resnik & Maureen Casey Like autism spectrum disorder, the challenge of providing quality housing and community options for adults with autism and other neurodiversities is complex. We…

December 2021

She was 80. I was 30 years younger. We bonded instantly as moms of adult sons with autism. Her heart forever touched my own as she shared her journey of…

November 2021

“What age would you be if you didn’t know what age you were?” –Satchel Paige, American Baseball Player As I celebrate my birthday today, I’m inclined to reflect on my…

October 2021

A big vision can be inspiring—and a magnet for like-minded pioneers on the same path. Consider a healthcare model where no one goes untreated or is medically misunderstood because of a diagnosis…

September 2021

Have you ever dumped out one of those Lego kits to build something with your child? All those pieces seem overwhelming until you realize with relief that there are illustrations…

June 2021

By Maureen Casey Encouraging and helping people with autism and other neurodiversities receive the COVID-19 vaccine is an important way we can more quickly return to our regular activities, including…

April 2021

Fueling a new generation of housing and community options for people with autism and other neurodiversities is an experiment—a big one. While we all want successful outcomes, the variables are…

April 2021

Ian McCoy, First Place Transition Academy graduate By Brent Jackson, First Place Resident and Transition Academy Graduate When asked what my first idea would be for a blog, it took…

April 2021

I recently celebrated my two-year anniversary at First Place. During that time, I’ve watched the organization grow from an energized start-up to delivering on its vision as a global thought…