Friendship circle makes a difference for kids with special needs

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  2. March 4, 2013 10:58 am

Friendship circle makes a difference for kids with special needs

 Respecting differences and making a difference every day!

For many years Eytan has benefitted from a program in our community called Friendship Circle. There are other branches of Friendship Circle around the country as well. This program provides volunteers who come weekly to “hangout” with children and teens who have special needs, within the Jewish community. teen volunteers from Friendship Circle

In addition to home visits, they offer holiday programs and bowling programs and for kids over 18 there is even a chance to go on a 10 day group trip to Israel with a supportive staff. Eytan has participated and benefitted from all of these programs with the trip to Israel being the highlight!

Friendship Circle trip to IsraelEytan riding a camel in Israel




And even though he is no longer a teen, Friendship circle continues to include him and provide “friends” for him.

On the Friendship Circle CT website  it says: “At the heart of all of the Friendship Circle’s programming is the belief that each and every individual can be a productive member of the community and benefit from the social support offered by one’s peers. Friendship, acceptance and a chance to participate in socially accepted bonding opportunities are critical to achieving this type of inclusive society.”   At EytanArt, we feel in kinship with Friendship Circle which is working towards the same goals that we have, in a very tangible and meaningful way.

We're all different but we're still just birds
EytanArt’s T-shirts and posters all have messages about respecting differences, discovering similarities and making a difference. We hope these designs and messages will help create an atmosphere where every child and adult can be free from bullying and feel respected in their home, school, community, and in the world. Again, we find kinship with Friendship Circle when they state on their website that “We envision a world in which people with special needs and their families experience acceptance, inclusion and friendship as contributing members of society. We foresee a future where they never again have to suffer the social isolation that has often been so prevalent in society.”
We hope you’ll share information about Friendship Circle with others who could benefit. They truly have a  program that is a great role model for organizations around the country who want to make a difference for children with special needs and their families.

Susan Nisinzweig

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