Aspen Valley Friendship Circle provides a range of programs, activities, and services to support its mission of fostering inclusion and disrupting inequity in wellbeing for individuals with special needs.

  1. Friends at Home: This program pairs volunteers with individuals with special needs for regular visits at their homes. Volunteers engage in various activities such as playing games, reading, or simply spending time together, fostering meaningful friendships and social connections.

  2. Sunday Circle: Friendship Circle organizes regular Sunday Circle events where children and young adults with special needs participate in a variety of recreational activities, including art, music, sports, and sensory experiences. These events provide a supportive environment for socializing and developing new skills.

  3. Teen Scene: This program focuses on engaging teenagers with special needs in social and recreational activities, promoting friendships and building a sense of community. Teen Scene activities can include outings, group discussions, and skill-building workshops.

  4. Life Skills Development: Friendship Circle recognizes the importance of empowering individuals with special needs to develop essential life skills. They offer programs and workshops that focus on building independence, self-advocacy, and practical skills such as cooking, budgeting, and job readiness.

  5. Holiday Programs: Friendship Circle organizes inclusive holiday celebrations and events that accommodate the needs and preferences of individuals with special needs. These events provide a space for families and individuals to come together, celebrate, and experience the joy of community.

  6. Special Education Support: The organization provides support and resources to families navigating the special education system. This may include guidance on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), advocacy assistance, and connecting families with relevant educational resources.

  7. Parent Support and Education: Friendship Circle recognizes the importance of supporting parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs. They offer workshops, support groups, and educational resources to help families navigate challenges, access services, and foster a supportive network.