Welcome to Good Friend Inc.
As of 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that 1 in 68 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder. These children, as any others, need good friends. Children with autism are in our mainstream classrooms, and their typically-developing peers aren’t well-prepared.
Disability harassment and bullying caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Education in 2000, prompting them to issue a “Dear Colleague” letter. In this bulletin, the DOE suggests “creating a campus environment that is aware of disability concerns and sensitive to disability harassment” and “weaving these issues into the curriculum.”
Good Friend’s mission is to create autism awareness, teach acceptance of differences, and foster empathy among typically-developing peers.
By using positive stories, interactive exercises, and reinforcing good friend behavior through our novel K-6 curriculum, we intend to enhance the educational and social experience for all children. Our hope is that we’ll provide this generation of children with the tools to build a better foundation for their place in a cooperative society. Our introductory video, which is the cornerstone of our programming, is now available. Contact Chelsea Budde or Denise Schamens today to schedule your peer sensitivity workshop, general assembly, staff in-service (including workshops for first responders and early childhood/child care providers), and/or guest lecture.