New Phoenix Apartments Open For Adults With Autism

posted by Jessica Goodman - 

“It’s the best place,” resident Lauren Harper said. “I love waking up in my new apartment, going downstairs to get my coffee and heading out to work.”

Posted by azcentral on Sunday, September 30, 2018

In the last few years, the epidemic of autism and forms of ADD have been talked about a lot among kids. But what we don't talk about or know much about is what happens to these kids when they get older. 

There is a brand new apartments called First-Place Phoenix. 

The 81,000-square-foot, $15.4 million project was designed to support adults with autism in living more independently. It combines 55 apartments, a residential training program and a leadership institute for medical professionals and researchers. Residents ranging from their early 20s to mid 40s. 

First Place includes special security features, a 24/7 staff, sound barriers blocking out street sounds, nontoxic materials and special lighting to mitigate sensory issues.

The stylish, modern apartments also include convenient “grab and go” stations where residents can charge their phones and store keys in an easy-to-remember spot.

The game room with the Arizona Cardinals theme is popular with new residents. The apartments come with their own kitchens with high-end appliances, but the decked-out  kitchen on the first floor is another spot many residents hang out.

And did you know this?!

Phoenix was dubbed ‘the most autism-friendly city in the world’ by PBS NewsHour.

This is a cool thing to help adults thrive who have autism and something to be super proud of when it comes being a Phoenix resident! 

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