Welcome to Special Friends of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's!

The Special Friends Club of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's pairs ND and SMC students with children affected by autism spectrum disorders in the South Bend area. Our mission is threefold:

1) To generate awareness of autism and its impact on our local community and the nation;
2) To form unique, loving bonds between undergraduates, local children and their families; and
3) To enhance social interaction and communication skills--two of autism's defining deficits--among the children who are part of our program.

Getting Started?

Email us at sfriends@nd.edu