Many of us find it difficult to connect with people or groups of people who we relate to. But the truth is, we are by nature, social beings. We need to feel connected. We need friends. We need conversation. We need laughter. We need each other. This is no different for individuals living with a disability.
However, as individuals with disabilities enter their teen and adult years, their chances to connect seem to lessen. But they are there. Here are a few programs designed to fill the gap:
Don’t limit your search only to programs that are designed for individuals with disabilities. Be sure to expand it and include community programs. They are offering an increased range of interests and accommodations. They are also offered at more locations–many close to home. Here are some ideas:
Teens and adults who have a disability often become isolated. It is a cycle that you must fight! You can’t let isolation be an option. It will only create new problems–including depression and loneliness.
Connecting with other parents also connects your children. Share your family and find new social ideas.
Internships can be a great way for teens and young adults to gain valuable work experience. Here, one mom discusses how her son’s recent internship has helped him—and society.