First Place is working.

Through proven workforce and workplace development programs, First Place is preparing individuals with autism and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities (A/I/DD) to pave their way to employment.

Prepared to make an impact—locally and globally.

The First Place Maricopa County IDA Center for Education, Training & Employment is preparing individuals to succeed.

individuals to date have been trained, upskilled or reskilled.
First Place–Phoenix residents are supported through job readiness, search and preparation, as well as onboarding and task programs.
First Place–Phoenix residents have been employed with the same organization for more than one year.
First Place Transition Academy participants have graduated with work readiness and life skills training.
organizations across North America have licensed and are teaching First Place's Learn4Independence® curriculum, which trains individuals to succeed on their own.
“People with autism have the same fundamental needs as everyone else. Those needs are just amplified.”
Tom D’Eri, Co-Founder, Rising Tide Car Wash

Creating opportunities

Meaningful work is essential for an independent life.

For any individual—regardless of whether they live with a neurodiversity—the responsibility of a regular job can also provide a purposeful life enriched by structure, self-worth, friendships, problem solving and skill building. First Place is creating these opportunities.

Be Open + Be Ready

First Place’s innovative workplace/workforce initiative will put 1,000 neurodiverse adults to work in Arizona by 2030.


This unique licensed curriculum opens doors to independence for adults with autism, helping them learn how to successfully combine life skills with work readiness.