Fostering Friendships for People with and without Disabilities

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By: Kathy Costello, TIES, The Advocacy Center, Rochester, NY.

TIES (Together Including Every Student) is a program which promotes the participation of children and young adults with developmental disabilities in extracurricular, community, and recreational activities with support. This support is provided by trained student volunteers. Previous to TIES, students and young adults who wanted to participate in activities chose not to because either they had previous experiences that weren't successful or they attended with support provided by adults, teacher aides, or their parents. Now they can choose any organized activity to join according to their interest and have natural support provided by a peer to provide opportunities for inclusion in communities.

Produced in 2012