Best Buddies

The Mission

Best Buddies is an international organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The University of Alabama chapter is one of the largest in the United States with over 200 active members. The UA branch connects students with individuals in the community with IDD. Each month, Best Buddies has a unique main event, which can range from painting to sports. Buddy pairs attend this party and then hang out one-on-one with their buddy throughout the other weeks.

These one-on-one friendships are the cornerstone of Best Buddies. They offer social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion which can be difficult to find on a day to day basis.

How this Organization is Igniting Innovation

Best Buddies plans includes making changes to something established - they want to change the world.

"There are over 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While there are programs that aid components of these individuals lives, there is nothing like Best Buddies. Fostering lifelong relationships isn't easy, and this state office will change how we interact with our communities for years to come."