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…

December 2016

First Place AZ Breaks Ground on 55 Apartments, Residential Training Program and National Leadership Institute in Phoenix First Place®AZ broke ground recently on First Place-Phoenix, a new $15 million residential property…

September 2016

By Denise Resnik, Matt’s mom; originally posted on Different Brains Community building is a process. It requires vision, passion, grit, resilience and an ability to connect dots—lots of them. It…

June 2016

By Denise Resnik, Matt’s mom; originally posted on Different Brains Just a few decades ago, no one thought that running a four-minute mile was possible; that the three-point shot would…

May 2016

By Denise Resnik, Matt’s mom; originally posted on Different Brains Our son celebrates his 25th birthday June 3, representing another time of great reflection on the progress he’s made, the…

May 2016

John Donvan and Caren Zucker, award-winning journalists and authors of New York Times-best seller, In a Different Key—The Story of Autism, spent four days in Phoenix this month filming a…

April 2016

By Denise Resnik, Matt’s mom; originally posted on Different Brains Something fell on the sidewalk. I saw it from a distance.  I also saw other cars speeding by. As I approached,…

April 2016

By Denise Resnik, Matt’s mom; originally posted on Home Matters April is Autism Awareness Month and a time for reflection on progress made since our son Matt’s diagnosis 23 years ago….

March 2016

By Denise Resnik, Matt’s mom; originally posted on Different Brains I’ve never been to Forest, Mississippi, and probably never will.  However, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for…

February 2016

By Denise Resnik, Matt’s mom; originally posted on Different Brains Matt and I love to go bowling.  Others detect how much when we roll in with our own bowling balls, making…

January 2016

By Denise Resnik, Matt’s mom; originally posted on Different Brains Cleaning out closets, drawers and the garage seemed like a good plan for ringing in the New Year. Matt’s closets…

January 2016

PHOENIX, Ariz. – January 26, 2016 – First Place®AZ, an Arizona-based nonprofit serving adults with autism and other special abilities, has received a $50,000 grant from the Phoenix-based Board of Visitors […]

December 2015

By Denise D. Resnik, Matt’s mom; To students at GateWay Community College, who have welcomed differently abled adults on campus through the First Place Transition Academy, allowing our First Place students to…

December 2015

By Sydnee Schwartz, Contributing Writer Students at the First Place Transition Academy have been learning a lot since they moved in. They are finding the importance in knowing how to balance jobs,…

December 2015

By Denise Resnik, Matt’s mom; originally posted on Different Brains When our son Matt graduated from high school in 2013, his daily routines and patterns, developed for years within the…

August 2015

One of our focus areas this summer is cultural experiences in the community. Students recently visited the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and immersed themselves in the musical traditions of countries…

August 2015

The students participating in the Transition Academy are about to embark on a new and exciting post-secondary experience as they will enroll at GateWay Community College. This has been in…

June 2015

Guest storyteller: Melanie Isaacs, Director of PAL Experiences, Inc. Last Wednesday, I had the coolest day. My sister was helping me catch up on inspiring quotes and passed this gem from Temple…

May 2015

For nearly 40 years, I’ve been committed to helping individuals with varying challenges and disabilities live more independently.  My interest started as a teenager when my rock band played a…

April 2015

PHOENIX (April 28, 2015) – Adults with autism have moved into the beta site for the First Place Transition Academy, one of three components of the future First Place mixed-use residential property in Phoenix. …

April 2015

By Valerie Paradiz, PhD, First Place Curriculum Specialist As a person on the spectrum and as a parent of a 24-year-old son with autism, I like to take time during…

February 2015

Here’s a recent article about First Place and Catholic Charities that appeared in Elevate AZ, a magazine produced by our friends at National Bank of Arizona. A few student openings remain…

February 2015

Dr. Paul Shattuck discusses the many children who will soon be entering adulthood and the gift of $3.6MM Drexel University has received for program research. Dr. Shattuck is Director of the…

February 2015

Our mission to enhance quality of life that leads to more independent living options stretches far beyond the heart of Greater Phoenix, home to our first First Place property. What Jill illustrates are…

February 2015

Matt Sedwick and his mom, Shelley Donald, are working hard to prepare for Matt’s independence, life at First Place and beyond. Check out this story and beautiful collection of images…