About Best Buddies


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, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Who We Serve

The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.


Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

Four Mission Pillars





One-To-One Friendships

Two female Best Buddies participants smiling while standing back to back.

Builds friendships between people with and without IDD, offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion.

Integrated Employment

A male Best Buddies Jobs participant working in an office and wearing a suit.
Secures jobs for people with IDD, allowing them to earn an income, pay taxes, and support themselves.

Leadership Development

A female Buddy Ambassador standing at a podium delivering a speech
Educates and empowers people with and without IDD, to be leaders, public speakers and advocates.


A group of Best Buddies Living roommates with and without IDD eating pizza in their kitchen
Providing a vibrant, integrated living opportunity for people with and without IDD.