05/13/2010 12:37 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Circle Of Friends' Makes High School A Better Place For Special Needs Teens

For Amelia Jones, an autistic teenager in California, navigating high school can be difficult, especially when it comes to socializing. That's where an organization called Circle of Friends comes in. The program pairs children with disabilities with non-disabled peers for lunch dates and social outings.

For Jones, this 'circle of friends' has turned her life around. She explains, "I'm not lonely anymore."

NBC Nightly News reports.