Events have great power and purpose when we believe. Our belief in the power of acceptance has led Good Friend on a journey of five years. We believe that children tease what they don't understand, so we purposed ourselves to teach them about autism spectrum disorders. We believe that friendship is a right of all children -- not only socially adept ones -- and consequently we developed a model to foster relationships. We believe that relationships have impact beyond school, and look forward to hearing stories of employment after graduation that can be tied back to what students learned by participating in Good Friend services.
We have had parents who believe that Good Friend can make a difference in their child's educational experience offer to pay for our services on behalf of the school. And we generally respectfully decline -- not because we don't believe that we can make that difference, but because we know that the administration and staff have to believe, too. We need them to be partners with us in autism awareness, acceptance, and empathy. Because otherwise, when our hour is up and there is no support for those social pillars, they will crumble.
During National Autism Awareness Month, we encourage you to support Good Friend's mission by
- participating in or donating on behalf of a bowler for our 4th annual Hoa Aloha Autism Awareness Bowling Event; Sunday, April 22, at New Berlin Bowl.
- "[High]lighting It Up Blue" with a blue feather, natural hair extension, and/or sparkly tinsel in your hair by Salon Brillaré.
- hosting a screening of one or both of Good Friend's peer sensitivity films.
- inviting Good Friend to come to your school (via staff initiative!) to work with faculty and/or students
- making a donation to Good Friend, Inc.
- telling someone about the importance of social support for all students, and how Good Friend can help create a culture of acceptance.