Where to Meet Friends

Three Black and disabled folx (a non-binary person resting one hand on the wall and the other on her cane, a non-binary person sitting in a power wheelchair, and a femme leaning while standing) rest and chat outdoors on a sunny day.

Here we share ideas and resources for where you can meet friends. This includes in-person or virtual events, places to find social events near you, and social media resources.

In-Person Events

Best Buddies PA: Upcoming Events

This organization is a group of volunteers who work to bring people together. They want to make sure everyone has chances to make friends and find jobs. They also help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live in inclusive communities.

Integrate for Good: Upcoming Events

Integrate for Good thinks it’s important to recognize everyone’s strengths and abilities. They offer support for young people and adults with disabilities. They also help their families and organizations that support them. They want to help people get involved in their communities and connect with others.

Places to Go: ACCESS Participating Organizations

The organizations listed on this website accept the Art-Reach ACCESS Card. The ACCESS cards can provide reduced cost access to fun places all over Pennsylvania.

Online Events

Commit to Connect: Upcoming Events

Looking to connect with people who are interested in reducing social isolation and loneliness? Commit to Connect webinars include expert speakers, with time for Q&A between speakers and participants. Commit to Connect also facilitates virtual Office Hours. These events allow participants to connect with others and learn from each other.

EngAGED: Upcoming Events

This is a project from The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults. Its goal is to help older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers connect with others. It does this by offering opportunities for social engagement.

Social Media and Apps

Guidebook: How to Use Social Media to Keep Relationships Going

From ConnectAbility Canada.

One Love Foundation Instagram Group

One Love is on a mission to make healthy relationships possible for everyone. Join us and find out how #ThatsLove.

MAF: Making Authentic Friendships App

This app helps individuals with special needs (age 13+) find friends at home or on the go. It can do this based off their geolocation, diagnosis, age and interests.

This project is funded by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.