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How can people with disability make friends?

People with disabilities often feel isolated and find it difficult to make friends.

But remember, the world is a big place. And even if they don’t feel like having friends, they can find someone just right.

A friend will help them be more social. They can take part in various activities and have fun together. And friendships are also important for intellectual development.

So, in this article, we are listing ways to find other people and foster new friendships. We are also mentioning why everyone should be a part of the community.

Keep reading!

Where to find communities?

1. Be in the support groups

You'll find plenty of support groups in your area where other people with disabilities visit.

Some support groups are for people with intellectual disabilities, while others are for people with physical disabilities. And support groups which help all disabled in general are also there. So, find the ones which suit your needs the best.

2. Find clubs with disabled-friendly activities

Apart from support groups, you can also look for recreational groups and clubs which organise disabled-friendly activities.

From art classes to music workshops, you'll find plenty of activities to explore. So, check them out. We will be with you to help.

3. Participate in disability-related events

Many organisations host Special Olympics and other disabled-friendly events. And there you'll find many opportunities to meet people who are looking for friends.

Disabled people can be a participant or even volunteer to help others take part in the games. After all, many friendships begin with kindness and care.

4. Look for communities online

And if the person shy away from in-person meetups, you can find many communities online.

With the Internet at your disposal, you will find many people to interact with. On public forums, private chat groups and social media sites, you can talk and find new people without leaving the comfort of home.

What are the benefits of community participation?

1. Socio-emotional skills

Strong social skills and emotional bonding are among the most important benefits of community participation. By making friends and being a part of group activities, people learn to share, care and co-operate with others.

Also, spending time with others will help them forget their problems, feel good about themselves and be in control emotionally.

2. Communication skills

People with disability have different ways of communicating. While someone with a physical disability can use speech for fluent communication, those with intellectual disability might take help of signs and gestures.

And by being with others, they’ll be able to learn new ways of talking, listening and interacting. Better communication skills also help people get along with others outside their group.

3. Physical skills

Friendships might also motivate people to take part in physical activities more. Seeing other people playing around, or building things, will encourage them to try those activities. And with proper precautionary measures, everyone can be a part of some physical activities.

And such activities improve confidence, strengthen muscles and gain better control over the motor skills.


A disability shouldn’t stop anyone from making friends. Plenty of disabled-friendly clubs and support groups are available to find friends. And we encourage people to take part in them.

Our friendly caregivers and support workers will also be there if you need assistance. Get in touch to know more.

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