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An inside perspective of special children, their families, volunteers, community members and Friendship Circle coordinators who bring them together.
An inside perspective of special children, their families, volunteers, community members and Friendship Circle coordinators who bring them together.
The Friendship Circle--Special Friendships for Special Children
Everyone wants to belong. To be loved and appreciated. But for parents of children with special needs, finding a safe haven of friendship and social activities can be daunting.
Changing the way we think about children with special needs
Mindsets
The Friendship Circle brings together teenage volunteers and children with special needs for hours of fun and friendship. These shared experiences empower these special children, while enriching the lives of everyone involved.
A Friends @ Home Visit
Steven is an 8 year old boy with autism, but in Friendship Circle’s world, that just means he’s unique, like all of us, and that his special talents and abilities make him outstanding. I turn into the neighborhood, and pull up to the house...
I know opposites, my left and right, the alphabet, and simple addition. Sounds easy right? Wrong. For some people in this world these are hurdles they are unable to climb over.
More than 800 teenagers, parents and community members gathered in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield for an annual tribute to volunteers who have helped make the Friendship Circle an internationally-recognized project.
I am the mother of two autistic children. I love them both dearly, but as any parent of children with special needs will tell you, raising them is challenging and can often be full of disappointment, hurt and frustration...
Students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign mourned the sudden passing of Joshua Jared Hardy, a junior finance major who took a lead in his fraternity’s social action initiatives.
Some 50 teenage volunteers who provide much-needed friendship for children with special needs gathered for a three-day conference in suburban Detroit, flying in for the occasion from cities around the world.
The Friendship Circle operated by the Chabad-Lubavitch Center of Sharon, Mass., won an online competition among Boston-area nonprofits sponsored by the Virgin American airline to herald its new transcontinental service between Boston Logan International A...
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