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An Unforgettable Evening: "How to Dance in Ohio" with We've Got Friends

At We've Got Friends, we create inclusive social spaces for teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to form meaningful connections with their peers. Our programming is designed to foster a sense of belonging and boost self-confidence, offering both regular hangouts and special events. One of our recent highlights was a group visit to the Broadway musical, How to Dance in Ohio. This extraordinary outing was a testament to our commitment to providing enriching experiences for our participants and their families.

Candi Carter and Emerson Carter

A Night to Remember: Broadway’s "How to Dance in Ohio"

Our special event took our teens and their caregivers to see How to Dance in Ohio, a musical that perfectly aligns with our values of inclusion and empowerment. Based on a true story, this uplifting production showcases the lives of young adults with autism as they prepare for a spring formal dance, navigating the challenges and triumphs of stepping out into the world.

How to Dance in Ohio is celebrated for its authentic portrayal of autistic individuals, with seven autistic actors in the cast. The musical has been praised as a “joyful and uplifting new musical” by Time Out New York and a “feel-good milestone” by The New York Times. The Wall Street Journal highlights it as “an exuberant coming-of-age musical comedy with a superb cast,” making it a must-see for audiences of all backgrounds.

Creating Memorable Experiences

For our participants, this Broadway outing was more than just a night at the theater—it was a chance to experience something remarkable. By attending How to Dance in Ohio, our teens and their caregivers enjoyed a narrative that resonated deeply with their own experiences. The musical's themes of courage, connection, and personal growth mirrored the journey our participants embark on every day at We've Got Friends. Check out our recap on our instagram.

Our group had the privilege of attending the performance together, fostering a sense of community and shared experience. Watching a story that reflects their own lives on such a grand stage was empowering for our teens, reinforcing the message that their stories are important and worth telling.

The Impact of Inclusive Events

Hosting special events like our Broadway trip is a key component of We've Got Friends' programming. These experiences provide our teens with opportunities to engage in social activities that they might not otherwise have access to. By making such events free for participants and their families, we ensure that friendship and enrichment are accessible to all, regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, or economic status.

Our visit to How to Dance in Ohio is just one example of how we strive to create meaningful, inclusive experiences. By continually seeking out opportunities that align with our mission, we help our participants build self-confidence, showcase their unique talents, and strengthen their sense of belonging. Check out the rest of our programming and events calendar by registering as a participant.


Join Us at We've Got Friends

At We've Got Friends, we are dedicated to creating spaces where every teen with I/DD can thrive. Our regular hangouts and special events offer a supportive environment for making friends and exploring new experiences. If you're interested in learning more about our programs or getting involved, please visit our website. Together, we can continue to foster an inclusive community where everyone feels valued and connected. Learn more on our website, or apply to become a volunteer.

Experience the magic of connection and empowerment with We've Got Friends—where friendship knows no bounds.

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