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Special Friends of Notre Dame

The Special Friends Club of Notre Dame and St. Mary's serves to pair university students with individuals in the greater South Bend community who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our focus and mission is threefold: 1) to foster unique friendships; 2) to create greater awareness of autism and its impact on the local community and the nation; and 3) to enhance and improve the social interaction and communication skills in the children we serve, two of the defining deficits of autism spectrum disorders.

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Description

The LIVE Notre Dame Day broadcast will kick-off at 18:42 pm ET (6:42 pm ET) on April 23rd at NOTREDAMEDAY.ND.EDU. The 29-hour broadcast will showcase Notre Dame stories from around the world, as well as live interviews, special musical performances, remotes, in-studio performances and surprise celebrity guests. Please spread the word and help us earn votes! Follow the celebration on social media with #NDday.

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During this exciting time, we have the unique opportunity to earn a portion of a $1 Million! Make a $10 gift on Notre Dame Day (April 23 – 24), and receive 5 votes to cast. The total number of votes we receive decides our percentage of the $1 Million. Please vote for us!

Why are donations necessary?

Special Friend hosts monthly events for our pairs, at which we provide arts and crafts, games, and food. Each Spring, we have an outing to a Men's Basketball game, using club funds to provide reduced price tickets to our members and their families. Our biggest event is an annual Autism Conference, an opportunity to educate both our members and the general public on topics within the field of autism research. The costs for each of the events add up, and we would not be able to provide these services without the help of generous donors. Thank you so much for helping the Special Friends club continue to fulfill our mission of serving local families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders!