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Social Skills and Autism: Maintaining Friendships as Adults

While a lot of focus is given to learning how to make friends and step up in social situations, one of the most challenging things for young adults can be maintaining friendships over a period of months of years. Issues with social skills and autism are one of the obstacles that those with developmental disabilities…

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Friend Making Events: Join Real Life Events and Opportunities

All Friends Network offers a wide range of resources and opportunities to make friends for members of all ages. A lot of the tools that we provide and the real life events that we plan are geared around young adults to help them learn how to make friends with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.…

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Social Support Network & Resource for Developmentally Disabled

Recent events have proven the value of learning to build lifelong friendships if for nothing else to have the support and encouragement necessary to get through life’s challenges. Though the benefits of friendship have been the subject of countless studies, for people with disabilities, the ability to form lasting friendships can be the deciding factor…

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Building Social Skills and Developing Social Ability for Life

In the process of maturing and diversifying our sphere of interest, we may outgrow some of our previous friendships and relationships. Even in the absence of a disability, some people have a harder time than others learning to interact with others. Learning how to make friends with cerebral palsy or developing social skills in a…

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Autistic Friends: Real Life Friendship Opportunities & Events

The drawbacks of social media and its impact on young people are well-known. However, there can be benefits to using a dedicated social network for developmental disabilities. Lack of real-world social interaction in favor of online video consumption and commenting. There have been some positive outcomes, however, for the disabled community in particular as a…

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Online Networking, Resources and Support at All Friends Network

People from all areas of life were forced into complete isolation in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, cutting them off from activities, friends, and social situations. Isolation may be very dangerous, especially for people who are predisposed to problems and circumstances that can amplify its effects. Friendships made outside of the context of…

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Networking Opportunities for Disabled Community Friendships

What exactly does the bond of friendship have to do with a person’s progression through childhood and adolescence? Why are getting together with friends and attending events so important? No matter their talents, youngsters of all different kinds benefit greatly from having close friends. When it comes to learning how to make and keep friends,…

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Improving Communications and Social Skills for Friendships

The best way to improve your social life, make friends, and learn to communicate effectively with others is to work on your social skills. Whether your goal is career advancement or making new friends, developing your social skills will help you succeed in both areas. Making friends and interacting effectively with coworkers are two examples…

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Planned Events & Activities: Community Engagement Opportunities

It’s important to know that adults with cerebral palsy want the same things as everyone else: to be independent and valued members of the community. They don’t want to be known for their disability. Instead, they want to be seen as unique people who have something to offer. It can be hard to reach these…

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All Friends Network: Find New Opportunities to Make Friends

For many persons with autism, communication challenges are among the most frustrating symptoms. To succeed, it’s important to learn socialization techniques and look for chances to meet others. The possibilities for making acquaintances as a young person who is still in school can be much bigger than they are after graduation. Finding an online network…

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Expand Social Skills with Autism & Developmental Disabilities

The process of making new acquaintances and maintaining those friendships can be challenging for a lot of people. On the other hand, it is significantly more difficult for individuals who have developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and autism. When you have a strong network of supportive friends, you can count on them to be…

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All Friends Network and Live-LINK App: Social Network Support

It’s important to know that adults with cerebral palsy want the same things as everyone else: to be independent and valued members of the community. They don’t want to be known for their disability. Instead, they want to be seen as unique people who have something to offer. It can be hard to reach these…

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Social Network for Developmental Disabilities: Meet New Friends

Learning how to meet new friends can be a challenge. It helps to have an online support network that can provide you with opportunities and resources to help you make it through the tough spots. Studies on friendship and depression have been conducted that show the value of learning to build lifelong friendships. It demonstrated…

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Social Skills and Autism: Using an Online Networking Community

When you want to achieve something bad enough, your best bet is to just go and do it – even if it’s hard. You must learn how to take it for yourself because no one is going to offer it to you. If you want to learn how to make and keep friends for the…

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Real Life Events and Opportunities to Make Friends for Life

It might be intimidating to find opportunities to make friends and maintain friendships, especially if you haven’t had much practice. Finding a safe place where you can speak with people who share your concerns about making friends and disability is one method to get over your issues. It can be more difficult for young adults…

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Disabled Community Resources for Adults with Cerebral Palsy

It can be far simpler to learn how to make friends as a child than it is as an adult. Making friends with cerebral palsy can be extremely difficult regardless of your age. Having a friend to play with, whether indoors playing video games or watching television or outdoors on a playground, is the main…

AFN On Positv.com

All Friends Network wants to give a big thank you to Positv and Courtney Aldelman, for the incredible work they did to highlight All Friends network. Positv is a news outlet solely for sharing meaningful and heartfelt stories about the disability community. It is so wonderful Courtney, and her team has Dedicated Positv.com to empower…

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Helpful Resources for Developmentally Disabled Young Adults

The world has changed significantly when it comes to serving those with developmental disabilities. While we still have a long way to go, there are now lots of online communities, local events, resources, and opportunities to make friends. Whether you find something in your community that serves your state or if you are looking for…

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Social Skills and Autism: Learn How to Make Friends for Keeps

Friendships can be fleeting at any age. Some relationships can fall by the wayside as we grow, change, and expand our interests. Developing social ability can be more of a struggle for some than others, regardless of any disability that may be present. Social skills and autism or learning how to make friends with cerebral…

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Best Group Activities for Young Adults to Meet New Friends

As children, there are so many organized activities that we participate in that allow us to meet new people our own age and make friendships. From school to church, sports teams, and hobbies, it can be a lot easier to find people who share a common interest when you’re a kid. As adults, these opportunities…

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The Unexpected Value and Benefits of Developing Social Skills

As individuals, we can all be quite different; however, as humans, we all reap the benefits of social interaction. Not only does it feel good to spend time with friends, it also provides many unexpected benefits to our health and wellbeing. Developing social skills is time well spent. Studies that show a direct correlation between…

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Social Network for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Sometimes, all it takes is for an opportunity to present itself that provides you with the means to change your life. These opportunities can come in a variety of forms, such as a group activity, an event, a chance meeting, or taking the initiative, being bold, and putting yourself out there. When you have developmental…

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Social Activity Benefits for Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy

Finding opportunities to meet new friends and build lifelong friendships can be challenging, especially if you have developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy or autism. It gets even more complicated the older you get, especially for those who have already graduated high school. This is true for almost everyone, regardless of their abilities. All Friends Network…

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How to Overcome Concerns of Making Friends with Cerebral Palsy

If you never make an effort to get out there and meet new people to make friends, it will never happen. Sitting at home and only interacting with family members or neighbors will never lead to new opportunities to have the life you have always wanted. Dreaming about seeing your favorite team play at the…