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Positive Effects of Friendship & Depression on Adults with CP

Most people view cerebral palsy as a physical disability and don’t understand the way it can affect a person mentally and emotionally. Adults with cerebral palsy will frequently have other developmental disabilities as well, such as autism, which is a social-communication disorder that can make building friendships and sharing emotions with others even more challenging.…

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Making Friends with Cerebral Palsy for Children and Adults

Learning how to make friends when we are children can be much easier than what is required as an adult. However, regardless of your age, making friends with cerebral palsy can be a real challenge. The primary basis for kids is having someone that you can play with, either outdoors at a playground or indoors…

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Autism and Friendships: Create Opportunities to Make Friends

When you want something in life, the best solution is to go out often just and get it. No one is going to give it to you, so you need to learn how to take it for yourself. Developing a new attitude toward social skill and autism is key if you want to learn how…

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Developing Social Skills for Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy

You might have heard the phrase, “use it or lose it,” with regard to certain skills and abilities. This is also true of learning how to overcome issues with friendship and disability. The more you are able to get out there, participate, and work on developing social skills, the easier it will become. Young adults…

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Online Peer Relationships for Autistic Children and Adults

The internet has opened up a whole new opportunity for making and keeping friends, regardless of where you fall on the spectrum. Online peer relationships have become the new normal for people of all ages and abilities. Taking advantage of online playgroups, interactive screen time programs, social networks, and services, online friendships for autistic children…

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Thank You From All Friends Network

Thank you for being a part of our first event. We greatly appreciated your time and support of All Friends Network. We don’t charge our members or pass along any expenses for AFN Live~ LINK. Contributions go a long way allowing us to provide our unique services for those who need it most. 100% of…

Opportunities to Make Friends: True Friendship and Disability

Many people who have cerebral palsy or autism find that their core friendships are often very close to home. In fact, a majority of those surveyed in the United States reveal that family members and next-door neighbors are often the ones that they count as best friends. There is nothing wrong with being close to…

Social Skills and Autism: Real Life Events and Opportunities

Most people who are on the autism spectrum will have difficulty with developing social skills and making friends. The reason for this is that doing new things, including meeting new people, can cause anxiety, be frightening, and, in some cases, may even be confusing. Once you understand the link between difficulties with social skills and…

Autistic Friends Network: Developing Social Ability as Adults

Making friends as an adult can be challenging for anyone, but if you have a developmental disability like autism or cerebral palsy, it can be even more complicated. It seems as though children have it easy. A few minutes on the playground together, and they could be chatting like lifelong friends. However, developing social ability…

Community Engagement & Independence: Adults with Cerebral Palsy

It is essential to understand that adults with cerebral palsy have the same goals and desires as everyone else: they want to be independent, valued members of the local community. Instead of being seen for their disability, they want to be seen as individuals who have something to contribute. These goals can be a challenge…

Making Friends: Social Network for Developmental Disabilities

While most humans are naturally very social creatures, not everyone has the skills necessary to develop friendships. This is true of everyone, regardless of their culture, background, abilities, or disabilities. Learning how to make and keep friends is something that must be taught and practiced throughout life. Friendship has many benefits, providing the individual with…

Social Media Networks & the Positive Disabled Community Trend

Most people know about the downside to social media. Spending too much time watching videos, posting comments, and not interacting with people in real life. However, there have been some positive effects from this powerful medium, in particular, for the disabled community. Real people share photos, videos, and stories about the triumphs, challenges, and encouraging…

Accessible to All: Overcoming Friendship & Disability Issues

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has made some excellent strides in recent years with regard to making sure that schools, parks, play areas, and recreational facilities are accessible to all. Learning how to make friends at a young age is a skill that will last a lifetime. Overcoming disabilities like autism and cerebral palsy…

Overcoming Social Isolation: Positive Friendships and Autism

We talk a lot about how crucial it is for children to learn how to make friends, how to increase their social skills and get out in the world. But have you ever tried to make friends as an adult? It’s ever so much harder than childhood friendships, which can sometimes whip up unexpectedly on…

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A Brand New Social Network for Developmental Disabilities

One of the biggest challenges facing young adults with developmental disabilities is learning how to make and build lifelong friendships. It can be difficult for anyone to establish a friendship that will stand the test of time, but even more so when the individual is dealing with a developmental disability. While most babies are learning…

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Online Support: Don’t Let an Autism Diagnosis Hold You Back

One of the best methods to encourage individuals who might be feeling discouraged about a developmental disability is to show them examples of others who accomplished great things even with the same diagnosis. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has a wide range of symptoms for each child, and the treatment, goals, and opportunities can vary considerably,…

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Making Friends: Overcome Issues with Friendship and Disability

Many people find it difficult to meet new friends and to make lasting friendships. However, it is even more challenging for children and teens with developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy and autism. When you have good friends, they can be there for you to support you in the good times and the bad. They are…

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Why Making Friends is So Important in the Disabled Community

For those who are new to the activities and goals of the disabled community, the stress on making friends and building a social network may be surprising. What does friendship have to do with development for children and teenagers? Why are social activities and events so essential? Friendships are important to all children, regardless of…

A New Nonprofit Connects Young People with Disabilities

Trevor Kelliher, who has cerebral palsy, created All Friends Network during the pandemic, a free app and social network for those with developmental disabilities who want to make friends. Many of us were plunged into isolation at the start of the pandemic—working from home and discouraged from leaving our houses and seeing friends, with no…