Friendship Matters! is a program of Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy supported by local professionals with experience in social communication. Open to WAAA members, the focus of the Friendship Matters! program is to promote socially significant interaction between adolescents & young adults with autism, improve social leisure skills, and provide participants mutual social emotional learning opportunities.
Friendship Matters! empowers a dynamic group of volunteer coaches to bring supported community based recreational programming (indoor and outdoor leisure) to adolescents (13-17 years old now enrolling) & young adults (18-21 is full at this time) with autism and related disabilities who struggle with friendships. Friendship Matters meets every Thursday from 5:30-7:00.
Friendship Matters! staff and volunteers restore a crucial sense of normalcy through shared joy and respect.
Pre-Registration and admission is required prior to attendance. Please note – we need to get to know your child’s unique likes/dislikes as well as strengths in order to identify the right group of peers and ensure we have a very good fit for them prior to placing them in a group. Our participants typically need a current Neuropsychological evaluation, speech evaluation and ongoing need for social communication remediation and therapeutic supports. Please return the completed applications to Info@washingtonautismadvocacy.org.
If you would like to volunteer, please fill out a WAAA Volunteer Application, we encourage both adult and peer volunteers. This could be a wonderful, rewarding opportunity for high school students to gain experience and knowledge in the area of Autism. Please note that all volunteers, parents, and/or caregivers who plan to accompany youth and adolescents to Friendship Matters will be required to complete a background check.
For more information on volunteering, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org