October 28,2020:  Nina Patel, managing Director of the Friendship  Foundation, was our speaker this week. The Freedom Foundation has chapters in 35 schools in the Los Angeles area. It is dedicated to providing friendship to  families with children with special needs.
Patel described the several programs the Friendship Foundation offers. Among them are online programs, school programs, programs for children 5-12 , teens 13-17 , and adult programs.
Patel said  the programs are socially integrated and inclusive, offer a diverse selection of enrichment and social programs, are affordable, and are not therapy based. Moreover, the programs are natural and offer an organic  environment that is accepting, friendly, and safe where all children  learn, grow, develop and thrive.