If you really want to accomplish something, you should go ahead and do it, no matter how challenging it may be. No one is going to give it to you, so you have to learn to take it for yourself. Changing your outlook on autism and social skills is essential if you want to learn how to make and keep friends for the rest of your life. Finding new people to connect with and opportunities to hone your skills can be a breeze when you have a social support system in place to help you succeed. A lifelong friendship can be formed regardless of autism. Once you’re ready, All Friends Network will provide you with the resources, support, and in-person opportunities you need to make it happen.
Online social networks have facilitated the development of numerous new friendships.
Since so many people are now entering the world via computers, it is not surprising that applications and website memberships often provide the best opportunities to meet people. People with autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental challenges are welcome to join All Friends Network for free as online members. Through the Live-LINK app, our members have access to exclusive online resources, options for in-person get-togethers, and helpful social app support. It’s a safe and productive way to practice social skills and other abilities related to autism.
All Friends Network and the Live Link Network
More than 40 percent of Americans use the internet to find friends or romantic partners, and this is true for people on the autism spectrum as well. If you know how to harness its power, the internet can be an invaluable resource. Because of the proliferation of social media and specialized online communities, meeting new people is as easy as turning on your computer. The unfortunate reality is that not all of these digital resources (websites, apps, software) are created equal. People with autism and other developmental disabilities are especially vulnerable online because of their communication and social skills challenges. It is crucial, then, to locate a social support system that takes precautions to protect its members from harm.
Easy to implement strategies for utilizing online social skills and autism resources safely are available. Use a safe system where everyone is verified and authenticated before exchanging data online. Don’t give out any identifying details, like your full name or where you work or live. Never give out your personal information, including email or phone number, on a public social media site. Employing the computer’s security features and privacy controls will help you keep your data safe. Avoid going out at night, and if you must meet someone, do so in a well-lit public place. Organize your own travel and funding, and take care of everything on your own. If you are feeling unsafe in any way, either end the conversation or leave the room.
Online Networking Community
If you stick to safe social networking practices, join only reputable social networks, and use only trustworthy methods to make friends, you should be fine. The internet has the potential to be a great resource for helping people with autism and other social challenges to learn new skills, practice those skills with strangers, and break down barriers to friendship and social interaction. It’s also a good way to figure out what you’re looking for in a friend and what you want to avoid. Learning to establish healthy limits can help you maintain safety while expanding your horizons. The ups and downs of making and keeping friends can be difficult to manage for anyone, regardless of their abilities or disabilities.
Join All Friends Network, where you’ll find a wealth of information, activities, and opportunities to hear new points of view on autism and social skills. Our online support program has everything you need, from seminars and training videos to one-on-one guidance and social events like pizza parties and movie screenings to mini-golf tournaments and trips to the local museum or aquarium. You can reach a member of our team by calling 941-587-7172, or you can fill out our online contact form to have a friendly representative get back to you. If you have any questions or concerns about how All Friends Network encourages friendship and autism, please feel free to contact us.