Celebrate Best Buddies Sweden
Best Buddies Extrakompis, which means Extra Friend in Swedish, was initatiated as a pilot study in 2007 by Misa AB, one of the leading supported employment organizations in Sweden. At Misa AB’s core is the belief that people with learning disabilities and people with autism spectrum disorder, with the right support, can find great success and fulfillment in employment. Having employment itself can contribute to better socialization, but Misa AB also had the foresight to understand the importance of one-to-one friendships and how they can have a positive impact in the development of the social skills necessary to navigate the workplace community.
Equally as important is the opportunity Best Buddies offers to change the communities where it exists by creating a more inclusive society. In the long run, this will lead to the sensitization of employers and creation of more employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Following the success of the first Best Buddies Extrakompis Citizens pairs, the amount of volunteers interested in joining Best Buddies has been more than encouraging. We will see great things from the partnership of Extrakompis and Misa AB. Still being a young organization in Sweden, Extrakompis aims to grow their volunteer and sponsorship base as they look forward to soon becoming a strong contributor to improving the living conditions for people with disabilities while having some great fun on the way.