Sue Scheff: Teens Helping Teens with Special Needs – Circle of Friends

Being a teenager can be difficult.  Keeping up with the trendy clothes, hair styles and hanging with the cool group is all part of being a teen in high school today.  However when it comes to teens with special needs, having a friend is one of the hardest parts of going to high school.

Circle of Friends is changing that one school at a time.  Circle of Friends is a social skills programs for teens and adults with disabilities such as autism, through understanding, acceptance, friendship and inclusion.  Going into local high schools, teens are changing lives.  They provide valuable support and friendship to those with disabilities.  Teens and adults that were once isolated and lonely with their disability are now experiencing living through Circle of Friends.  From a simple phone call, to going out to eat, Circle of Friends is providing a sense of normalcy to people with disabilities.

Special events are planned such as dances and organized outings to the movies and shopping help these disabled people learn better social skills and enhances their communication skills with others.  Circle of Friends helps make dreams come true for these otherwise isolated teens and adults with disabilities.

A priceless gift that Circle of Friends creates is the gift of giving. Teens that take part in Circle of Friends are influenced by bringing an awareness of understanding and acceptance to those that have disabilities.  It is true, it just feels good to give! 

Encourage your school and community to open a local chapter today.  Read Ella’s story.  Learn more, click here.

Watch video and be inspired to start your own chapter today!  Read more.

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