Can DSPs help you make friends in the community with the right training?

Do you have friends?

Many people with disabilities don’t have friends, but they want friends.

Friends make life better.

Two friends smiling.

We think DSPs can help you make friends in the community with the right training.

This is what we did

Step 1: Before the training 2 out of 10 people with disabilities had friends in the community.

Step 2: We gave DSPs training on ways to help you make friends.

Here is what the DSPs learned at the training:

A bunch of people at a club meeting.
  • DSPs learned friends are important to you.
  • DSPs learned how to help you make friends at the places you go often.
  • DSPs learned how to help you join groups or clubs.
  • DSPs learned how to help you get involved at the places you go.

Step 3: Did people with disabilities have more friends after the training?

This is what we found out

People with disabilities made more friends

Two friends laughing.
  • Before the training 2 out of 10 people with disabilities had friends in the community.
  • After the training, 5 out of 10 people with disabilities had friends.

People with disabilities joined more groups

A group of people sitting together.
  • Before the training 1 out of 10 people with disabilities joined a group.
  • After the training 5 out of 10 people with disabilities joined a group.

People with disabilities helped out in the community

A group of volunteers.
  • Before the training no people with disabilities helped out in the community.
  • After the training, 3 out of 10 people helped out in the community.

The answer to the question

Yes! DSPs can help you make friends in the community with the right training.

TAKE ACTION! Share this with others

You can make friends in the community if your DSP has the right training.

Show this to people in your life:

  • Your DSP
  • Your family

Show this to people who make the rules for lots of people with disabilities:

  • Policy makers
  • Self-advocacy groups
  • Service providers

Information about the knowledge translation of this research

Who did this knowledge translation?

This knowledge translation was created by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.

Who did this research?

The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota

Who wrote the report?

Angela Novak Amado, Ph.D.

What is the title of the report?

Agency Factors and Structures Which Increase Successful Outcomes in Community Participation and Socially Valued Roles

Where can I find the full report?

You can find the the full report at this website:

rtc.umn.edu/docs/LSS_2008_final_report.pdf

Where can I find information about the training used in this research?

For more information about the Friends training, you can contact:

Angela Novak Amado, Ph.D.
Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota
651-698-5565
amado003@umn.edu

Report citation

Amado, A.N. (2010). Agency factors and structures which increase successful outcomes in community participation and socially valued roles. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Research and Training Center on Community Living.