Next steps

It’s time to learn more about the two-year, tuition-based program.

For those ready to build crucial independent living and career-readiness skills.

Participants can maximize their capacity to live more independently through our Learn4Independence® curriculum, taught by the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) off-site at GateWay Community College in Phoenix. SARRC also provides clinical services.

Adults with autism have access to specially designed, individualized services, including career counseling for volunteering, internships and employment.

““By leveraging our supportive community—and engaging and honoring self-determination—adults with autism are learning their way to greater independence.””
brad herron-valenzuela, Managing Director, First Place Transition Academy

Enrollment Packet

We encourage you to carefully review the information in the enrollment packet then submit the application and registration fee.

FAQs

During the Transition Academy’s two-year program, participants live in their own private bedroom in a four-bedroom suite on the first floor of First Place–Phoenix. The program includes our Learn4Independence® life skills curriculum with 32 semester-length courses. 

Transition Academy tuition for 2024 includes a shared apartment unit with a private bedroom, 24/7 concierge, amenities, utilities (electricity, water, cable, Wi-Fi, phone) and instruction at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, where the First Place Learn4Independence® life skills curriculum is taught.

Insurance funding may be available for qualified individuals via our clinical partner Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), a contracted provider on most insurance plans. With insurance coverage, 2024 tuition may be reduced to $40,810 annually ($3,710/month). However, insurance funding is subject to ongoing reauthorization and is not guaranteed. If there is a lapse in funding, the student and the student’s guarantor will be responsible for the full annual tuition of $86,700 or $7,910/month.

First Place clinical partner Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is a contracted provider with most insurance plans. With insurance coverage, the 2023 tuition may be reduced to $40,810 annually ($3,710 a month). However, insurance funding is subject to ongoing reauthorization and is not guaranteed. If there is a lapse in funding, the student and the student’s guarantor will be responsible for the full annual tuition of $86,700 or $7,910/month.

We seek counsel from Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, which is staffed with BCBAs who provide clinical services for the First Place Transition Academy.

Residents may live at the First Place Apartments without being enrolled in the Transition Academy. Following the two-year Transition Academy program, graduates may also choose to lease an apartment at First Place–Phoenix.