Building Friendships: A Curriculum for Building Community Relationships

The University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) has developed a social skills curriculum designed to teach strategies to people with disabilities on how to create and maintain friendships in the community. The program is free and downloadable from the website, along with a separate download for the activity worksheets. This curriculum can be used by anyone involved in transition and would be beneficial in a life skills class.

Friends- Connecting People with Disabilities and Community Members ThumbnailA manual providing concrete, “how-to” strategies for supporting relationships between people with disabilities and other community members. It describes why such friendships are important to people with disabilities and why it is important to promote community belonging and membership. The manual includes specific activities to guide users in creating a plan for connecting people. This manual is designed for agency staff, but can also be used by parents, support coordinators, teachers, staff, and people with disabilities to support community relationships. Additional Activity Worksheets are available.

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