Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with IDD. For individuals within this community, Best Buddies helps them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society.
Best Buddies Citizens matches adults with and without IDD in one-to-one friendships; Best Buddies Jobs, our supported
employment program, helps people with IDD find and keep well paying jobs; and e-Buddies matches individuals with and without IDD in online friendships. BUILD educates and empowers people with IDD to be leaders and public speakers in their schools, communities, and workplaces, and is the next step for the Disability Rights Movement – teaching people with IDD the skills they need to successfully self-advocate.