Throughout the United States, students with intellectual disabilities ages 14 – 21 are in a very social and learning environment often with the assistance of their typical peer friends. But upon graduation, those same social and learning opportunities are greatly reduced, and for some almost nonexistent. Hard to imagine but true, how to help fill this need, enter Team Friends.
Who benefits from Team Friends?…ambulatory adults with intellectual disabilities who have graduated high school, their parents, family and their mentoring typical friends.
Through a monthly activity with a learning and/or philanthropic community service component, these life skills and public service projects create a bond for those with ID.
For parents, family and friends, in addition to enjoying a memorable event, time is spent discussing with one other issues facing the family unit. Informational sessions with speakers and discussion forums are also planned for the family throughout the year.