This past weekend, Judge Marina Garcia-Wood was a speaker at the inaugural Judicial Luncheon for the Fort Lauderdale Friendship Circle. The program, which has chapters world-wide, introduces children and young adults with special needs to teenage volunteers and together they participate in social activities around the community. Judge Garcia Wood, along with a number of fellow Judges from the 17th Circuit attended the program and presented certificates of appreciation to adult participants of the Life Skills Training Program, with awards like “Most Prolific Thinker,” “Public Speaking Superstar,” and others.
As the parent of an adult with Autism who participates in one of the many Friendship Circle Programs, the Young Adult Circle Program, Judge Garcia-Wood has seen first-hand how the Program allowing participants to engage in social activities in the community has helped her son develop better social skills. She and the other Judges all stated how honored they were to be a part of this very heartwarming event.