Friendship Network

The Friendship Network helps people with disabilities become more involved in their community by building inclusive partnerships through education, collaboration and personal connections. Through the Friendship Network staff and educators:

  • work with local businesses and organizations to become more welcoming and accessible to community members with disabilities
  • host classes on healthy relationships and self-advocacy for people with disabilities
  • help individuals make one-to-one connections with others that share similar interests

Eligibility:  Individuals interested in participating in the Friendship Network should

  • Have OPWDD eligibility
  • Live with family or caregivers and be eligible for Family Support Services
  • Reside in Tompkins or Tioga counties

How to access: Requests are typically made with the support of a Care Manager, however, families can also self-refer.  Individuals and local businesses interested in partnering and learning more about Friendship Network may contact: