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    Jonas HeidenreichMar 19, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I’m glad to see that the program is receiving much deserved recognition. I was part of the program in the 2013-2014 school year and having lived with one of the students I can attest to how extraordinary of an experience it is. The article is informative and well written but I do have one critique regarding the title. I believe that the writer/editing board could have been more conscientious of their word selection. The program is not meant to offer these students “friends”. As it is explained in the article the program serves as a support system, not a buddy system. The SDAP students are some of the more social people I know and have no problem making friends. I believe the title is a little condescending in the sense that it creates a misconception that these students lack the ability to make friends, therefore we must create a program that offers friends. The program is made up of students with all diverse abilities, but I can assure the ability to establish great friendships is not of concern.

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    Patricia ShivelyMar 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Sometimes all it takes is a caring “foster fellow” to enable a slightly socially/mentally impaired student to be able to make that step up that is needed to feel on a par with their peers. Beneficial to all involved!