Resources for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

online resources and support for young adults with developmental disabilitiesEven the most common social settings can be stressful for someone with autism. True friendship is hard to come by and very harder to maintain. Making friends with someone who has autism or cerebral palsy might be difficult at first due to anxiety, but there is plenty of support for people who are committed to overcoming their anxieties and making this a reality. The value of friends cannot be overstated, especially if you are a young adult with a disability. Meeting new people, overcoming shyness, and boosting self-confidence may all feel like climbing Everest. The mission of the All Friends Network is to provide a safe and welcoming online community where people with disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, and others, may make and keep genuine connections with one another.

Overcoming Autism and Making Friends

If you have autism and struggle to communicate with others, the All Friends Network may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Think of it as a social media platform dedicated to autistic individuals, a place to meet others your age who have similar challenges in friendship and want to learn more about how to overcome them. In addition to their many online resources, such as discussion boards, chat rooms, and the brand new Live-LINK app network, All Friends Network also arranges safe offline gatherings for their members to socialize in. Those with developmental disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, or other neurological impairments are encouraged to apply; however, our primary focus is on young adults. If you did not have many chances to make friends when you were younger, it might be difficult to do so as an adult with autism.

Some people with autism choose to be isolated from others from an early age, and others are unable to do so due to the severity of their condition. Social events arranged by schools or families can be helpful for some persons with autism, although this isn’t always feasible. Now is the time to learn how to make atonement for the past and start making new friends, regardless of the circumstances. For this reason, we built All Friends Network as a safe meeting place for those with comparable disabilities and interests. This is an excellent starting point for gaining the confidence to go out into the world and engage in new experiences. The number of useful resources available to members online continues to grow.

Resources for Young Adults

Sharing a hobby or a sports team with a complete stranger makes it much easier to break the ice and start talking. The type of relationship that people of all ages grow to cherish and enjoy frequently begins with sharing a similar interest. Perhaps you’re both into the same bands/restaurants/culture/hobbies/video games/shared acquaintances/know each other/have a mutual friend in common. Having a shared interest will make it much easier to strike up and maintain conversation as you get to know one another.

Many online guides for autistic people recommend starting with your local autism support community and community activities. In All Friends Network, an online and offline network for autistic persons, members have complete and unrestricted access to all the group offers at any given time. The prospect of being friends with someone who has autism may seem daunting at first, but this need not be the case. You can get far in life if you believe in yourself, hone your linguistic and social skills on a daily basis, and put in the time and effort to solidify your connections.

Online Support for Autistic Adults

If you’re interested in joining the All Friends Network, the easiest method to get in touch with us is through the online contact form on our website. A representative may be reached at 941-587-7172. Join us as we demystify the process of connecting with others on the autistic spectrum, walk you through the Live-LINK app and its network, and address any questions or concerns you may have. It only takes one baby step to open up a whole new universe. All Friends Network was created with the intention of helping you make and keep friendships that will enrich your life and make you stronger.