Best Buddies is a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership experience for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Best Buddies firmly believe that friendship is important in the development of all people and that for people with intellectual disabilities, friendship is a medium through which they can become members of the community. Our program offers people with intellectual disabilities the chance to experience the experiences that most of us take for granted: going for coffee, going to the movies, or just being with a friend. The program provides members with opportunities for social interaction and helps build lasting and meaningful friendships.
Best Buddies establishes chapters in elementary, middle schools, high schools, and universities across the country. Each chapter is led by students who collaborate with faculty and community partners to create and monitor pairs.