e-Buddies promotes social inclusion online for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In e-Buddies, people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as autism and Down syndrome, come together online to form friendships and a community that celebrates their diversity of character and abilities.
Anyone can be in e-Buddies! You can join on your own or sign up your special education class. e-Buddies is great for students and adults with and without disabilities.
e-Buddies is an e-mail pen pal program that provides safe opportunities for one-to-one e-mail friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Computers are an integral part of modern society, providing access to an abundance of social and creative outlets. By participating in e-Buddies, members develop technology literacy skills and become more confident communicating online, opening up opportunities for higher-level education and employment.
Fifty-four percent (54%) of Members with IDD revealed that they feel more confident engaging in other online social outlets as a result of their participation in e-Buddies.
– 2016 Best Buddies Annual Survey (Hardman, University of Utah)