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Safe Online Community: Join All Friends Network for Resources

How people with developmental disabilities are helped and supported has changed a lot over the years, with a big thanks to modern technology and communications. There is still a long way to go, but there are now a lot of online groups, local events, tools, and chances to meet new people. They are likely to…

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The Real World: Group Activities for Cerebral Palsy or Autism

There are times when all it takes to change your life is one chance to show up. These chances can appear in many ways, including a group activity, an event, a chance meeting, or by being brave and putting yourself out there on your own. You may feel left out of many things that other…

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How to Make and Keep Friends: Young Adults with Disabilities

Sometimes it can be scary to think about getting out in the world to make and keep friends, especially if you haven’t done it much before. One way to deal with your problems is to find a safe place where you can talk to people who understand how hard it is to make friends and…

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Improve Your Skills: Join a Social Group for People with Autism

It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, at any age friendships can end quickly and can be difficult to establish. When our hobbies grow, change, and get bigger, some connections can fall by the wayside. Some people have a harder time learning how to get along with others than others, even if they…

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Making and Keeping Friends: Support for Adults with Cerebral Palsy

The majority of people don’t realize that cerebral palsy and autism may have mental and emotional effects on a person and instead see it as merely a physical handicap. Adults with cerebral palsy sometimes also have additional developmental problems, such autism, a social-communication condition that can exacerbate difficulties in forming friendships and expressing feelings to…

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Learn Social Skills to Make and Keep Friends with Disabilities

Even though most people are usually very social, not everyone knows how to make friends. This is true for everyone, no matter what culture, background, skills, or challenges they have. To make and keep friends, you need to be taught and practice this skill your whole life. Friendship is good for you in many ways…

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Developmental Disability and Friendship: Social Skills and Resources

When it comes to some social skills and abilities, you may have heard the saying “use it or lose it.” This also applies to learning how to resolve problems with friendships and disabilities. It will get easier the more you are able to engage in social interactions, go out there, and work on your social…

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Diagnosed with Autism? Learn New Ways to Overcome and Stay Strong

It is important to not allow yourself to be down just because you have a developmental disability. It can be encouraging to learn of others who have done great things despite having the same diagnosis. Each child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has a different set of symptoms. Depending on the symptoms, the care, goals,…

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All Friends Network awarded $3,600 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Funding for this grant was provided by the Edward K. Roberts Emerging Needs Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. All Friends Network, a non-profit organization created to help individuals with disabilities create and cultivate long-lasting, meaningful relationships, is honored to announce it has received a grant of $3,600 from the Community Foundation of…

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How to Build Supportive Relationships and Lifelong Friendships

Initially, forming and sustaining friendships may seem a little scary, particularly if you lack prior expertise in this area or have had problems making friends. One way to face your anxieties is to find a space where you can be vulnerable with others who understand your worries and fears about making friends while facing comparable…

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Join All Friends Network for Support and Real-Life Activities

It can be difficult for many people to make new friends and stay in touch with those they currently have. Conversely, those with developmental disabilities such as autism and cerebral palsy have more challenges. When you have a solid network of friends, you can rely on them to support you through all of life’s highs…

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Social Support System for People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

Everyone wants to live their best life and make a difference in the world, including those with cerebral palsy. Most people would prefer that others not focus solely on their disability and instead focus on the things that they are interested in or the things that they do. The average person would want admiration for…

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In-Person Events and Structured Activities for Making Friends

Children have many chances to engage in structured activities that allow them to socialize with others their own age. Finding a group of people who you connect well with while you’re young is usually easier, whether it be via school, church, sports, or a pastime. It is far more uncommon and challenging to get such…

AFN Highlights 2023

Empowering Connections: Discover AFN’s Journey and Future Vision

Thank you for being a valued supporter of All Friends Network. Your support has been vital to the success of our organization. We are excited to present to you the major achievements we accomplished in 2023 and our plans for 2024. We have included a synopsis of All Friends Network’s accomplishments and triumphs in 2023…

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Join the Movement: How Your Donation to All Friends Network During the Giving Challenge Can Transform Lives

Introduction: The Power of Your Support In an era where connection and community have never been more vital, the Giving Challenge presents a unique opportunity to make a tangible difference. For organizations like All Friends Network, this 24-hour online giving event is not just about raising funds; it’s about strengthening the bonds of community and…

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Every Contribution Counts: Leveraging the Giving Challenge to Support Inclusion and Friendship

Introduction: The Essence of the Giving Challenge The Giving Challenge stands as a beacon of hope and generosity, a 24-hour event that empowers individuals and communities to support local nonprofits. It’s a time when every contribution, no matter its size, can significantly impact lives. This article delves into how the Giving Challenge offers a unique…

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Online Resources & Real-Life Events: Social Skills and Adults

If you had trouble making friends as a child and think that your autism held you back, that doesn’t mean it will always be that way. Even if you are an adult, you can still learn how to make friends and improve your social skills. People with autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental challenges can…

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Local Gatherings and Real-Life Activities with All Friends Network

The internet is an incredible and lovely place that provides people from all walks of life with many opportunity to connect with like-minded people and form enduring connections. But mastering social skills on a computer or smartphone is one thing; using those strategies in real-world situations is quite another. Avoid getting into a routine where…

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

When 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…

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The Value of Friendships: How to Forge Long-Term Friendships

In life, there are certain things that unite us more than others. Certainly one of the psychological advantages of maintaining long-term friendships is enjoying a connection with another person who shares at least some of your same interests. Even the most introverted person craves to have at least one person that understands them and appreciates…

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Social Tools for the Disabled Community: How to Make New Friends

No matter who you are or where you come from, you need to learn how to make new friends. Having an online group of people you can talk to and get support from is a great way to get through tough times. Studies on relationship and sadness have shown how important it is to learn…

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Social Network & Tools for People with Developmental Challenges

If you want to learn how to make and keep friends for life, you need to change the way you think about autism and social skills. Overcoming obstacles within yourself means addressing your shortcomings head-on and embracing your positive attributes so you can use them to your benefit. It can be easier to find new…

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Get Out and Meet New People: Structured Activities in Florida

Finding a group of people who you connect well with while you’re young is usually easier, whether it be via school, church, sports, or a pastime. Children have many chances to engage in structured activities that allow them to socialize with others their own age. It is far more uncommon and challenging to get such…

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Group Activities for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

As kids, we have a lot of options when it comes to organized activities, and many of them let us mingle with peers our own age, which is great for making friends. Finding others who share your interests — whether at school, church, on a sports team, or in a hobby — is usually a…