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First Place Transition Academy clinically operated by SARRC

Transition Academy 

The First Place Transition Academy, with clinical services provided by SARRC, is a structured two-year program in the supportive environment of First Place–Phoenix that helps build crucial skills to support independent living. Participants can maximize their capacity to do so through our Learn4Independence® curriculum and ABA treatment designed for adults with autism.

During the two-year program, participants live in their own private bedroom in a four-bedroom suite on the first floor of First Place–Phoenix. They benefit from career services ranging from volunteer work and internships to employment. Living at First Place, participants can enjoy a wide range of property amenities, the convenience of a midtown location and walking distance to public transportation.

In year one, the syllabus includes 16 of 32 Learn4Independence courses enabling individuals to build more independent life and work skills. In year two, participants complete the remaining 16 courses, continue transition planning and, upon completion of the program, receive a certificate in life skills at the GateWay Community College graduation ceremony.

Qualifications for the Transition Academy

First Place Transition Academy program participants have a range of abilities. They must also share a common goal and desire to live independently. A participant must demonstrate a combination of motivation and interest in living independently, and a desire to develop stronger skills in the area of self-management, safety, and social skills. Each family must also commit to supporting the participant in their independent living pursuits and allow for the benefits of natural consequences and important life lessons.

About First Place® AZ

Founded in 2012 by SARRC co-founder Denise D. Resnik, First Place AZ develops new residential models that maximize independence, community engagement, personal enrichment and quality of life by supporting individuals with autism to live more independently. First Place–Phoenix is the first such innovative residential property that leverages the benefits of a supportive urban community. Within walking distance of public transit, individuals are connected to jobs, friends, lifelong education, healthcare, recreation and culture.

Partnership with GateWay Community College

Through this partnership, Transition Academy participants are enrolled at GateWay Community College in Phoenix and can pursue a non-credit certificate in Independent Living Skills and Career Development. Participants receive their certificates after completing the two-year program. This certificate is unique to the Maricopa County Community College District.

Contact us

For more information or to learn about funding options, visit First Place online to learn more about the Transition Academy’s qualifying criteria and/or complete the Contact Us form to apply. Student evaluations and enrollment are underway.

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