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In the Media – An Uncommon Friendship (The Wall Street Journal)

Published: August 23, 2016 | Last Updated: August 24, 2016 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

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Wall Street Journal (screenshot)

Wall Street Journal (screenshot)

August 23, 2016

An inspiring article describes an uncommon friendship between two friends, one with special needs and one without.

It’s hard to make and keep friends, but these ordinary difficulties are compounded if someone has a disability, whether it’s physical or mental. This can make life pretty lonely for people with special needs.

In an inspiring article in the Wall Street Journal, journalist Clare Ansberry writes about a mutually rewarding friendship between two young women that were brought together by The Friendship Circle. This special program pairs children/teens with special needs to teen volunteers who offer the gift of friendship. The program currently operates in 79 locations worldwide.

Ansberry writes:

They are close, but their worlds are different. Anna, 19, is entering her second year at Brown University. Rachel, 20, has developmental disabilities, including difficulties with fine motor skills and comprehension, and attends a life skills and career training program.

When Ansberry spoke to The Friendship Doctor, she asked whether it is possible for two people to have an “unequal friendship.”

She writes:

Few friendships are truly equal. Someone is always going to be more accomplished, and one person is going to give more at a certain time than another. More important is for each friend to provide what is needed, when it is needed, as well as how you feel in a friend’s presence, says Irene S. Levine, a professor of psychiatry at New York University’s medical school and author of “Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend.”

Click here to read the Wall Street Journal article in its entirety.

You may be inspired to see how you can contribute to the lives of people with special needs and enrich your own life in the process.

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  1. Mrs R. says:

    I was caught offguard because one has to subscribe or “sign” in to
    read this article in the Wall Street Journal. I didn’t want to
    feel pressured to sign or subscribe, so I skipped the article that I had hoped to read.

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  2. Sheryl Kraft says:

    Congratulations on your quote in this excellent article. This is so important (and so comforting, as I sometimes feel guilty for being needy at times!): “e person is going to give more at a certain time than another.”
    THANK YOU for that 🙂

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