Best Buddies Ambassadors

Every buddy needs a voice.

Growing up in Michigan suburbia, my mother was always the biggest advocate for my brother Ryan, a talented man with Down Syndrome.  This is a common story for many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: society treats them unfairly and their parents fight the seemingly neverending battle for equal opportunities for education, independent living, integrated employment, accessible transportation, and the list goes on. Think of the possibilities for change, though, when parents get a new ally, a more powerful ally, a louder ally.

I oversee the Best Buddies Ambassadors program for Best Buddies International. I have the honor of developing and facilitating trainings for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or buddies. The trainings give buddies the tools to write speeches and become leading self advocates, but as you’ll learn, Best Buddies Ambassadors is so much more.

These self advocates are on the forefront of the Disability Rights Movement. They speak to schools, communities, top sponsors, and Congressmen. Our buddies are no longer passive. Our buddies are no longer weak. Our buddies are no longer silent.

I invite you to join me as I travel the country facilitating inspiring trainings, attending glamorous events, and meeting powerful individuals. I invite you to join the movement.

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About Kali Wasenko

Deputy Director of Programs, Ambassadors for Best Buddies International

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