How to Make and Keep Friends: Independence for Autism and Cerebral Palsy

make and keep friends with developmental disabilitiesWhen someone has a disability – either physical, developmental, or a combination of both, they may not think they will ever be able to live on their own. While this may have been true many years ago in the past, it is possible today thanks to progress in technology and programs created for people with developmental disabilities. It’s true that adults with cerebral palsy are more independent than ever before. If you want to take steps toward becoming more independent, making friends is the best place to start.

Studies show that learning how to make and keep friends is one of the best things kids and young people with cerebral palsy can do to help them live on their own. Whether you have a solitary best friendship that you’ve maintained since childhood or have a group of friends that you meet and talk with regularly, the benefits are the same. All Friends Network was created so that young adults with developmental challenges and cerebral palsy could connect with each other and get help. We plan to help our members live on their own and make friends for life through online tools, an interactive Live-LINK app, and events that happen in real life.

Making Your Own Path Toward Independence

Some people think that being independent means being able to go out with friends for pizza and a movie. For some, becoming independent might mean getting a job or moving out into their own apartment or with a friend. Getting better at talking to people and getting along with others is important for everything you want to do. The value of communication skills must never be underestimated. Some examples of freedom are learning how to speak up for yourself and be understood, getting friends outside of school and your family’s group of friends, and choosing the path you want to take in your life.

Different kinds of disabilities mean that you might not be able to move out on your own in some cases. On the other hand, you can enjoy the freedom that the All Friends Network gives you while staying safe and sound. You can find the chances you need to take that first step forward at planned social events like trips to zoos and museums, get-togethers with other members, and online networking through the Live-LINK app. When young adults with cerebral palsy are getting ready to leave high school and become adults, they often find themselves at a crossroads. They might not have plans to go to college, get a job, or do anything else and, as a result, may feel cut off from the world. Independent living tools are very important because they help people find their own level of freedom.

Technology and Planned Social Events

Using new technology is another way for young adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental challenges to get out and be more independent. These people can do more of the things they want to do with the help of assistive technology, and service packages let them do their shopping and run errands without having to rely on family or friends. People who are more independent are more sure of themselves and proud of who they are. You should go out and get this for yourself if you want it. People with disabilities can now do many of the same things that people without disabilities can do. However, it helps to have friends who can push you to do it on your own.

All Friends Network headquarters are located in central Sarasota and we are a non-profit corporation in the state of Florida. A lot of special tools and chances are being made available to our users right now. users are the only ones who can use the Live-LINK app, which is a great way to connect with other users and get to our online resources. It’s a safe and nice place where people are trying to make new friends, build relationships, improve their life skills, and get ready for a more independent and useful future. If you want to know more about our events, resources for independent living, and ways for young adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities to get involved in their communities, you can call our team at 941-587-7172 or use the contact form on our website.