A Day With My Friends evolved with the growing need for day programs that serve young adults with disabilities. In our work as nurses, we have cared for bright, active young persons whose lives could be enriched by being with friends. Our belief is that everyone needs a place to go every day, to be with friends, to socialize, to be a part of the community, to live “Everyday Lives”.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in 2016, passed legislation that paves the way for disabled citizens to become fully integrated in their communities.
The foundation of “Everyday Lives: Values In Action” is two statements:
“We value what is important to people with disabilities and their families, who are striving for an everyday life.”
An everyday life is about opportunities, relationships, rights, and responsibilities. It is about being a member of the community, having a valued role, making a contribution to society, and having one’s rights as a citizen fully respected. It is a vision that we should all be working toward together.
“People with disabilities have a right to an everyday life; a life that is no different than that of all other citizens.”
This continues to be the truest statement on which we can build our work.