Best Buddies strives for integration of people with intellectual disabilities; achieving this goal through friendship and integrated employment.
Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,000 middle school, high school, and college campuses across the country and internationally. Our programs today reach all 50 of the United States, and have active international programs in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, the Philippines and Sweden; with additional programs under development in Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. For the first time, we are actually serving 50,000 volunteers in one year. We also have big plans for the future. Specifically, by 2010, Best Buddies will continue to build on our program base in all 50 states, establish programs in 50 countries and have 500,000 participants worldwide.