Mission: To create autism awareness, teach acceptance of differences, and foster empathy for students with ASD among their typically-developing peers.
Results: We have provided services directly to over 30,000 people, and reach thousands more annually with our original, award-winning films for elementary ("We ALL Fit", 2014) and middle school ("Choosing To Be a GFF", 2011) students.
Target demographics: Typically-developing students (peers) in grades K-8; plus staff in education and related fields who work with children from birth to 15 years old.
Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 6,000
Geographic areas served: nationwide
Programs: staff in-services for EC/pre-K programs, summer camps, sports/rec programs, elementary & middle schools; awareness & sensitivity workshops for medical & dental staff and related service providers; student training for ages 4-15 through Peer Sensitivity Workshops (K-5th grade), Individual Classroom Presentations (6th-8th grade), and general assemblies; plus Sibshops, for children aged 8-13 who have a sibling with a brain-based disability.
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Good Friend provides high quality peer sensitivity workshops as well as stellar media resources that resonate with kids. They are truly making a difference by creating a genuine #senseofbelonging as well as life long differences in kids as well as adults to value differences through awareness, acceptance and empathy.
Good Friend Inc. is awesome! Knowing how to interact with people who are wired differently than you are used to can be intimidating for everyone. My son was taught how to be a Good Friend to all of his buddies. What a gift! These ladies are the best!