Article on the Benefits of Friendship Networks for People with I/DD

Date: 03/2016

HSRI Policy Associate Elizabeth Pell co-authored an article with Angela Novak Amado and Kim Zoeller in the Winter 2016 issue of Impact, an issue focused on supporting wellness for people with I/DD. Their article, “Friendship Matters! Improving Health and Well-Being by Supporting Relationships,” includes NCI data on the better outcomes achieved when adults have friendships that extend beyond family and paid staff. The article notes how provider agencies can use The Council on Quality and Leadership’s Personal Outcomes Measures to explore and strengthen the social capital of people served. It also includes specific strategies and free resources that anyone can use to help connect people with I/DD with general community members.

Impact is published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC), University of Minnesota. 

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