Best Buddies Month is a time for Best Buddies participants to reflect on the importance of friendship, jobs, and the development of future leaders. Most importantly, it is a time to show the world the significance of these essentials in every individual’s life. What began in 1993 as a one-day event has become a month-long celebration of the Best Buddies mission. 2017 marks our 28th Anniversary, and we want you to celebrate the impact our friendship, jobs, and leadership development programs have had on your life.
I really can’t put into words just how much Lottie has changed my life, and how much I know she impacts the lives of others. I have yet to meet a parent of a special needs child that has the perfect words for how their child has changed them. Here is what I do have the words for though. The moment Lottie was born, the trajectory in my life changed.
Best Buddies International, Special Olympics, and supporters from around the world will unite on March 2nd for the eighth annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day. This day gathers people committed to a more inclusive world to build awareness for our society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Across the nation, Best Buddies chapter leaders and volunteers are hosting engaging events which challenge their community to think inclusively, share respectful language, and to act more mindfully in the way that they speak.
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert invited his Best Buddies Utah team to the Capitol on Wednesday, September 9 to spend a morning visiting and sharing and planning for the future. “To me, Best Buddies is a wonderful organization focused on supporting folks through relationship development, leadership and employment, the governor […]
It’s the middle of August, which means the school year is about to begin. Many children are anxious to take the next step in their educational career and reestablish friendships, while others look ahead with some fear and apprehension. When asked what they hope to achieve in the upcoming school […]
Student leaders from Utah high schools and colleges flew across the country to Bloomington, Indiana, where they learned how to be the best leader and advocate in their school and community. Participants learned everything from recruitment, to retaining members, to running a successful fundraiser. General Sessions provided knowledge on the […]
“Prior to Best Buddies I could not explain what it was like to live with autism. My parents tried to enroll me in schools catering to students with special needs and I eventually enrolled in St. Michael’s special school in New Orleans. From 1988 to 1998, I was able to […]