The Importance of Friendship
ALTHOUGH SOME CHILDREN AND TEENS MAY ACT IN WAYS THAT WOULD LEAD ONE TO BELIEVE THEY HAVE LITTLE DESIRE TO BE SOCIAL, A LACK OF SOCIAL SKILLS DOES NOT MEAN A LACK OF SOCIAL INTEREST. WE HOPE TO FOSTER FRIENDSHIPS WHERE SOCIAL BARRIERS DO NOT EXIST AND DIFFERENT FORMS OF FRIENDSHIP AND SOCIAL INTERACTION ARE ACCEPTEd: The purest form of friendship.
It has been proven and demonstrated that people with disabilities may have challenges finding and keeping friends. It has also been shown that people with disabilities truly value and crave friendship. Specifically, people with developmental disabilities reported that companionship, having someone to do shared activities with and long term friendship are particularly important to them. Many individuals with specials needs may find friendship in certain programs they attend, but when they become to old to attend these programs, they are likely to lose the friendships gained.
For these reasons, we hope to foster the creation of valuable friendships that occur outside of programs and help the child with special needs to feel valued as well as to be afforded the opportunity to engage in shared activities.
The Importance of Volunteering
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