Friendship is important for all of us! This includes people with and without disabilities. People often feel better and happier when they have friends. As part of a research project about the choices people with disabilities make about work, we interviewed 16 people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). These people also chose family members and professional staff people for us to interview. We asked them how they made decisions about working and making friends.
Wolfe, Ashley; Timmons, Jaimie Ciulla; and Winsor, Jean E., "Tools for Inclusion: The Power of Friendship" (2011). Tools for Inclusion Series, Institute for Community Inclusion. Paper 1.