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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…

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Happy Holidays from All Friends Network 

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 2023 has been an incredible year for All Friends Network and we couldn’t have done it without you! Your support and involvement have been essential to the success of our organization. This year we have achieved so many exciting accomplishments; AFN increased…

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Join the Social Networking Site for Resources, Support, and Fun!

Social media technology in and of itself is not necessarily bad, it’s how people use it that gives it such a bad reputation. However, people with developmental disabilities can use the All Friends Network Live-LINK app social networking site that was made just for them. Young adults are becoming more and more alone because they…

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Online Resources for Members: Autism and Social Skills

When you’re very inspired to do something, even if it’s challenging, you should simply do it. You have to be able to accept it on your own because no one will do it for you. If you wish to understand how to create and keep friends for life, you need to take a new look…

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Improving Your Social Skills: Young Adults on the Spectrum

If you want to meet more people, have better conversations, and expand your circle of friends, then you should focus on developing your social skills. Developing your social skills may help you succeed in any pursuit, whether it’s at business or in your personal life. Making friends in real life is just one more way…

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Beating the Odds: Why Friendships Make Us Stronger

A significant number of individuals with developmental disabilities report that overcoming obstacles in establishing and maintaining friendships is among their most challenging experiences. When people attend activities that unite those of a similar age or background, many people find it easy to quickly become friends with those individuals. Friendships that last a lifetime are often…

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Social Engagement Opportunities: Making Friends with Disabilities

If you have a developmental disability like cerebral palsy or autism, it might be difficult to find places to socialize and make friends. As one ages, the situation becomes more challenging, especially for those who are already out of school or live in a remote area without a lot of opportunities. This is true for…

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Overcoming Developmental Challenges: Meeting New People in Florida

For those who do not have autism or developmental disabilities, it can be hard to understand why even the most basic social situations and exchanges are challenging. It can be very stressful to try to make friends, and it can be even harder to keep friends for a long time. Making friends with someone who…

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Build Your Friendship Making Skills at Social Events and Online

Some people are just really good at doing certain things and don’t even have to work on their skills in any way to perfect them. Others might have to spend time doing research, practice, or even get support to achieve their goals. For some, this could mean learning how to ride a bike, for others…