Pathways to Friendship: Sessions on Connecting Socially During COVID-19

In the coming months, Widening the Circle/Pathways to Friendship, a partnership program between the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and The Arc of Massachusetts, will be offering a series of conversation opportunities on lessons that have been learned about social connection and inclusion during the age of COVID-19. Each conversation session will focus on a specific lesson learned during these times.

  1. Wednesday, November 4 @ 10:00AM
    Some people with I/DD were able to be supported to safely work at their essential jobs in the community throughout the pandemic.
    Register with Jim Ross. Access link for event.
  2. Thursday, November 5 @ 10:00AM
    Those relationships/friendships that were forged in 1-to-1 matches sustained people much better during the pandemic than efforts to promote membership in organizations that suspended their activities.
    Register with Jack Yates. Access link for event.
  3. Tuesday, November 10 @ 2:00PM
    For some people, remote participation is a way to ease into an activity, providing an opportunity to gain confidence, competence, and comfort that bodes well for future real connections.
    Register with Phoebe Goodman. Access link for event.
  4. Thursday, November 12 @ 10:30AM
    Having to stay close to home means being closer to your neighbors.
    Register with Katie Driscoll. Access link for event.
  5. Tuesday, November 17 @ 10:00AM
    Those people who were supported in more individualized settings stayed better connected than those in congregate settings.
    Register with Meg Gaydos. Access link for event.
  6. Tuesday, December 1 & Thursday, December 3 @ 9:00AM – 12:00PM
    The Ask: Invitation to Engagement in Pandemic Times
    This event requires advance registration and has a fee of $75.

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