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Celebrating Autism Awareness Month at We've Got Friends

Updated: Jun 16

April is Autism Awareness Month, a time dedicated to spreading awareness, promoting acceptance, and igniting change. At We’ve Got Friends (WGF), this month holds a special place in our hearts. As an organization committed to creating inclusive social spaces for teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including autism, we are excited to share how this month has impacted our community and highlighted our mission.


Candi Carter and Emerson Carter

Our Mission: Fostering Friendships

We’ve Got Friends is more than just an organization; it’s a community where teens with I/DD can form meaningful connections. Our mission is to provide free, inclusive social hangouts and special events where teens can make friends, share their unique talents, strengthen their sense of belonging, and boost their self-confidence. We believe that friendship should be accessible to all, regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, or economic status.


Special Events in April

This Autism Awareness Month, we have embraced the opportunity to celebrate with a series of special events, alongside our regular programming. These events have not only provided fun and excitement but also reinforced our commitment to inclusivity and friendship.

  • Day Trip to Supercharged Entertainment: Our teens enjoyed an exhilarating day at Supercharged Entertainment, engaging in activities that fostered teamwork and camaraderie. It was a day filled with laughter, adventure, and the joy of shared experiences.

  • Baseball Game at SHP: We attended a thrilling baseball game at SHP, where our participants cheered for their favorite teams and experienced the electric atmosphere of a live sports event. It was a fantastic opportunity for our teens to bond over a shared love of sports.

To learn more about our special events or sign up for our programming please visit out participant portal!


The Impact of Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month, observed every April, is a time dedicated to increasing understanding and acceptance of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 36 children in the United States is diagnosed with ASD, highlighting the importance of promoting awareness and inclusivity. This month aims to celebrate the unique talents and needs of individuals with autism, fostering a society where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can thrive and connect.

Autism Awareness Month has been especially significant for We’ve Got Friends. It has allowed us to spotlight the importance of inclusion and the profound impact of our work. The programs we offer provide fun and entertainment while also strengthening the sense of community among our participants. These moments of connection are at the heart of what we strive to achieve every day.

As we reflect on the joy and success of this time, we invite you to join us on our journey of inclusion. Whether by participating in our events, volunteering, or spreading the word about our mission, you can make a difference in the lives of teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Together, we can ensure that friendship and connection are accessible to everyone.

 

For more information about our events, programs, and how you can get involved, please visit our website at wgfnj.org. Let’s continue to celebrate the unique abilities of every individual and create a world where everyone has the opportunity to form meaningful friendships.

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