Circle of Friends ~ The Path to Inclusion

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Circle of Friends…Changing Lives One Friendship at a Time

Every day, thousands of students with developmental disabilities sit alone at lunch, isolated and ignored by fellow classmates.  Through Circle of Friends ~The Path to Inclusion, students with special needs have the opportunity to develop genuine friendships with non-disabled peers.  Nationwide, at all grade levels, Circle of Friends (CoF) establishes social inclusion programs within schools that increase the understanding and acceptance of individual differences and decrease bullying.  CoF integrates students with disabilities into mainstream campus life and helps to expand the new relationships they have formed into the community at large.

Where we’re active:

California: Calaveras County Office of Education; Los Angeles USD; Modoc County Office of Education; San Benito County SELPA; San Diego USD; San Marcos USD; Santa Monica/Malibu USD; Simi Valley USD; Stockton USD; Pathways @ UCLA Extension; William S. Hart Union High School District

Connecticut: North Haven Public Schools

New Mexico: Roswell Independent School District

New Jersey: Middletown Township Public Schools

Oregon: Lewis & Clark College; Wilson High School

Washington: Bainbridge Island Unified District

Joined with Community Partners: April 2005

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