Best Buddies Bulgaria - What We Do

Best Buddies Bulgaria is a charitable organisation established in January 2017.

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Best Buddies Bulgaria belongs to the family of Best Buddies International­ – a non-profit organisation established in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. Nowadays Best Buddies operate in all 50 states of the US, and in 50 countries worldwide. The organisation is 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).

Our goals:

  • Establish a volunteer movement which promotes and creates effective friendships among IDD and non-IDD peers;
  • Support the social integration of IDD individuals and enhance their personal achievement by strengthening their social links with peers, ensuring their active involvement in public life, promoting leadership development, improving their self-expression and self-advocacy skills and helping them engage in integrated employment;
  • Raise public awareness of and sensitivity to the challenges and skills of people with intellectual difficulties, starting from early school age.
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Best Buddies International

Mission

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).

Programs

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.

Vision

To put Best Buddies out of business. Best Buddies envisions a world where people with IDD are so successfully integrated into schools, workplaces and communities that its current efforts and services will be unnecessary. Until that vision becomes a reality, the organization will continue to educate middle school, high school and college students, community members, corporations and employers about the emotional, functional, and natural needs and abilities of people with IDD.

History

Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1 7000 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States and in more than 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 800 000 people with and without disabilities around the world.

Our Programs

One-to- One Friendships

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Integrated Employment

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Leadership Development

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