Widening The Circle’s
“Building Friendships” Toolkit Series
Since 2012, Widening the Circle has been creating resources to help individuals and organizations support friendships between people with and without disabilities. One of our initiatives is developing a series of “Toolkits” that reflect our strong belief that the friendships between people with and without disabilities can be found wherever people LIVE, LEARN WORK and PLAY. Each Toolkit contains helpful strategies, resources and contact information
The following Toolkits are now available:
Building Friendships at Work
The “Building Friendships at Work Toolkit” will help organizations that provide employment supports take better advantage of opportunities to facilitate relationships between the people they support and their co-workers—especially co-workers who do not have disabilities–in community settings.
Special thanks to Richard Hawes, Director of Employment Services at the Berkshire County Arc and member of our Advisory Committee for his contributions to this Toolkit.
Making Friends in School
This “Making Friends in School Toolkit” will help teachers, paraprofessionals and parents take better advantage of opportunities to facilitate relationships between students with and without disabilities. It includes strategies at all grade levels, from elementary school through college.
Special thanks to Dr. Zachary Rossetti, Assistant Professor at Boston University and member of our Advisory Committee. He is the principle author of this resource.
Making Friends Where You Live
This “Making Friends Where You Live Toolkit” is adapted for individuals living in their own apartment, with family, or in a supported living environment with staff and will help facilitate friendships between these individuals and people with and without disabilities.