Online Resources for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

online resources for developmentally disabledOne of the best skills you can have is to learn how to make friends for life. Friendships are essential to provide the support and encouragement you need to get through life’s hard times. There have been a lot of studies on the benefits of friendship, but for people with disabilities, being able to make and keep friends can be the difference between being able to live on their own or having to depend on others. Understanding social skills and autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities can be a good start. The All Friends Network was designed to be a beacon of hope for people who want to make friends and learn how to develop long term relationships.

Understanding Social Skills and Autism

All Friends Network has grown steadily and doesn’t look like it will stop growing any time soon. People of all ages are in the target group, but the focus is on helping young adults with autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities who want to make long-term friends. Even though this may seem like a scary plan to some, a free app called Live-LINK can be used to connect all members and make things more fun and interactive. Anyone of any age is welcome to join this friendly community. The main goal is to give members chances to meet new people, improve their ability to get along with others, and increase their chances of living happy, successful lives on their own. Because of this, we see All Friends Network as an important first step toward a long-term solution. People with developmental disabilities can use the free AFN Live-LINK app to connect with other people. Companies like Autism Speaks and Dairy Queen are already helping us, and as the network grows, more opportunities will open up.

Secure Network for Members Only

All Friends Network is planning social events once a month for now, since things started to open up again in 2021. We will add more meetings when we have enough members to be able to host them. There will be a small fee for each in-person meeting or event to help pay for costs. All Friends Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Florida that will not accept donations. Our team is currently talking with relevant vendors about bulk discounts to make it easier for people of all income levels to go to events if they want to. If you can’t afford to go to the events, we will help pay for your costs. We’re planning a lot of different things, like a pizza party, a trip to play mini-golf, a movie night, and even a trip to the local aquarium or museum. Contact our staff if you want to know more about our social events for members.

Making Friends with Cerebral Palsy

We not only help our members make lasting friendships, but we also give them access to a lot of information they can use from the comfort of their own homes. Making friends with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities isn’t as difficult as you might think, especially when you have helpful resources at your disposal. There will be training videos, mini-seminars, and one-on-one coaching sessions to help people learn or improve the skills they need to live their best lives and become more independent. We will also work with a staffing firm to help our members who are actively looking for new jobs find jobs that are a good fit.

As a social network for people with developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy and autism, our goal is to help our members get jobs by giving them tools to help them make a great resume and practice their interview skills. You can call us at 941-587-7172 if you want to join the All Friends Network or find out more about the AFN Live-LINK app and our other programs that help people make friends for life and learn important skills. Use the online form to get in touch with us to learn more about our online resources for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as people of all ages.