First Place Transition Academy operated by SARRC

First Place® Transition Academy operated by SARRC

The First Place Transition Academy, operated by SARRC, is a structured two-year program in the supportive environment of First Place–Phoenix that helps build crucial skills to support self-sufficiency. Participants can maximize their capacity to live more independently through our Learn4Independence® curriculum and individualized services designed for adults with autism.

Qualification for the First Place Transition Academy

First Place Transition Academy program participants have a range of abilities. They must also share the common goal and desire to live independently. A participant must demonstrate a combination of motivation and interest in independence, basic living and safety skills, willingness to participate in instruction in employment and clinical programs. 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 successfully completing the two-year Transition Academy operated by SARRC 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.