Making Friends and Creating College Experiences

"Appreciation, respect, and potential for all people"

Friendship Fields is a program associated with Friends University that allows adults with disabilities to experience college life while also offering Friends University students the opportunity to work with special needs students. Students enroll in Friendship Fields because they want to go to college, and Friends University truly believes lifelong learning and social interaction is important for everyone. We offer two unique curriculum options for adults with disabilities.

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Our program provides two options:


Tuesday/Thursday Program

Friendship Fields Fun

Students participate on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year and follow a curriculum that focuses on life skills, people skills and social interaction with college students. Dr. John Taylor teaches music with Dr. Hetherington in vocal music, and Karen Scroggins teaches art. Friendship Fields Fun students also regularly interact with other Friends University student volunteers, including many of the athletic teams. College-type activities include visiting practices and athletic games, hanging out and playing games with student athletes, having dinner in the student dining hall with Friends students and attending an occasional school dance, among many others. The Friendship Fields program is not only helping special needs students with their desire to experience college life; it is transforming Friends.


Monday/Wednesday Program

Friendship Fields Academy

Friendship Fields Academy is designed for high-functioning special need adults after graduating from high school or earning a GED. The program features a curriculum that has been mapped out for four years. The students will study such topics as first aid, nutrition, interpersonal skills, vocational skills and much more. Students may have the opportunity for work-study experiences with various University departments.


Testimonials From Our Friends

The support of the staff, parents, and fellow students has been healing for both of us and filled a need.
Lisa Sherrard and Todd Bates


For more information about Friendship Fields, contact:

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Valerie Wall

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Cynthia McGilvrey

Assistant Director
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