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e-Buddies in Action!

Periodically, we are happy to take the time to highlight a school or agency that is involved in e-Buddies. Our hope is that this will be an opportunity to share some of the challenges and triumphs encountered through group participation in e-Buddies!

This summer, we are featuring the e-Buddies group at SOC Enterprises in Arlington, Virginia.

SOC Enterprises encourages independence and integration through employment and provides employment and training opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Many of their members participate in e-Buddies and the group has been active for over 10 years.

SOC has a computer room that clients can access at almost any time during the day. The room has an e-Buddies Binder in case anyone forgets there login information. This binder also helps them keep track of participation to make sure everyone is e-mailing once a week.

e-Buddies participants at SOC enjoy e-mailing their e-Buddies. Omar, who has been matched with his e-Buddy for almost 3 years states, "I like it a lot. I let my e-Buddy know what I'm up to."

e-Buddies is a lot of fun, and it can also help participants improve their computer skills. "It has really helped my e-mail, writing and typing skills," explains Robert, an e-Buddy for two years. To help participants with the computer, some SOC e-Buddies have taken on leadership roles as Computer Assistants. These individuals assist their peers with computer and internet help while they are in the computer room. Robert helps "get everyone set up" and enjoys being helpful. Raeye likes having an e-Buddy as well as being a Computer Assistant. "I like to help my peers with e-Buddies. It's challenging, but kind of cool. You never know how much you can help someone."


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