Circle of Friends (CoF) is a school inclusion program that builds genuine friendships between students with special needs and their general education peers.
CoF increases the understanding, acceptance and appreciation of individual differences while decreasing bullying. At all grade levels our program creates a welcoming school environment that embraces diversity.
In many schools, students with disabilities sit in the back of classrooms, isolated from general education peers and unable to expand their social network. When these students get attention, they are 2-3 times more likely to experience bullying.
Through meaningful participation on school campuses and within communities, CoF enables students with disabilities and other challenges to observe and practice self- awareness and social skills in the natural environment.
General education students develop awareness and acceptance of differences, then become allies and advocates for their friends.
Circle of Friends strengthens competence, confidence, and connections for both students and educators.