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The Mission of the Friendship Circle is to bridge the gap between special needs and typical youth through shared experience, empower special needs youth with the skills they need to live a productive and independent adult life, give parents and families much-needed respite, and nurture a sense of awareness and communal responsibility in our teens.
We envision a world in which people with special needs and their families experience acceptance and friendship as contributing members of society. We foresee a future where they never again have to experience social isolation or unequal treatment.
The Friendship Circle’s unique brand of social integration therapy simultaneously provides special needs families with the therapeutic and social support they need and promotes equal recognition for special needs individuals within our community. Our teens learn the importance of community involvement, the inherent value in individuals of all abilities, and develop the sensitivity and social skills necessary to be tomorrow’s leaders. This interaction also instills in our teens a responsibility for embracing special needs individuals on a personal level, and advocating for them on a societal level.
- Rachael Sawyer
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