Adults with Special Needs: Creating Community

Wheelchair basketball gameThe Friendship Circle of North Broward & South Palm Beach (Friendship Circle) hosts a program called Young Adult Division 18+ (YAD). The YAD, provides many young adults with immense opportunity to improve their cognitive and social skills. It is one of the many reasons the Betsy & Michael Brauser Charitable Family Foundation (the Foundation) has donated and continues to do so. The Betsy & Michael Brauser Charitable Family Foundation recognizes that adults with special needs require unique services.The Center for Jewish Life at the Friendship Circle received a generous contribution from the Foundation that will help support this program. Thanks to Betsy & Michael Brauser, the YAD program will help to create community for young adults in the South Florida Region. YAD serves a dual purpose creating a safe, comfortable space to socialize and organizes community service activities to develop social/vocational skills.

Adult Achievement & The Network of Special Needs

Each adult with special needs has a unique story with various levels of physical movement, as well as emotional and psychological development. Essentially, a team of dedicated professionals help to set achievable goals focusing on growth, measured by skill development.

The Friendship Circle looks for the following team members:

Dedicated Professionals with training and experience in these areas.
  • Instructors
  • Aides
  • Program specialists
  • Physical and Occupational Therapists

 The Friendship Circle looks to grow in the following areas:

  • Independent Living
  • Socialization
  • Pre-Vocational/Vocational

 The Friendship Circle is goal oriented:

It plans to accomplish setting goals in developing skills in:
  • Physical Fitness/Activity
  • Art & Music
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Speech, Language and Hearing
  • Communication
  • Making Friends

How Can You Help?

Through the Betsy & Michael Brauser Charitable Family Foundation, Michael Brauser has done his part to help. Here are some things you can do:Michael Brauser Helping Adult with Special NeedsMake a Donation -  Donate to a Friendship Circle near you. It will help support various programs that help adults with special needs. There are similar organizations in the United States such as Easter Seals and The Arc.Send Someone to Camp – Summer Adventure Camps are known to be a chance of a lifetime. It’s an experience where lifetime friendships are made. Donate to Easter Seals or other charities to send someone to Camp.Volunteer -  Many programs offered to provide services for special need adults need help with day-to-day activities. Professionals and Program Coordinators often need assistance with set up, clean up or administrative tasks.Make It a Vocation – See careersIf you are interested in working with adults as a vocation, there are many challenging areas of study. Contact your local educational institution for entry requirements. Here are some potential career paths: 
  • Special Education teacher
  • Adaptive Physical Education teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Educational Audiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
Alternatively, here’s how you can support Parents with Special Needs Children. Michael Brauser has supported more charities than the Friendship Circle. See how you can help support other causes that are always in need.

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