Friendship Fields to expand program opportunities for adults with special needs

Friendship Fields, a program for adults with special needs that is associated with Friends University, will begin offering a second two-day program starting Jan. 28. The organization will add a Monday/Wednesday program in addition to its existing Tuesday/Thursday program.

“This is a unique program that allows adults with special needs to experience college life and allows Friends University students an opportunity to work with special needs students,” said Valerie Wall, director of the program since 2014, Friends University adjunct instructor and a former special education instructor with Wichita Public School District. “It’s a win-win for both groups as they learn and grow together.”

Wall said the new Monday/Wednesday program is designed for high-functioning special need adults and will feature 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.

“We are working on opportunities for students in the program to also have some work-study experiences with other areas in the university,” Wall said.

According to Wall, there are currently 15 spots open for the new program, which will be offered from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

To learn more about the program, contact Wall at

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.