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Best Buddies Jobs: Shalonda


I wasn’t sure if anyone would hire me.

Just like most of us, Shalonda wanted to work and earn her own paycheck — but she had good reason to worry that she wouldn’t be able to get a job because of her disability.

In 2013-2014, a staggering 84% of people with developmental disabilities did not have a paid job in the community. A job — and the feeling of purpose, independence, and self-sufficiency it brings — could have been out of reach for Shalonda. But through the Best Buddies Jobs program, she found fulfilling, meaningful, well-paid work, where she knows she’s valued for her contributions. “My co-workers rely on me,” she says.
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Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 6th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 5th


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Washington, D.C. – 5 March 2014Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the sixth Spread the Word to End the Word® day to continue building awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people around the world to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Read More…

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Best Buddies Young Leaders Council

On behalf of the YLC, I am happy to introduce the first of many blog posts to come from one of its sub groups: the Education Advocacy and Training Committee. Our goal is to contextualize Best Buddies in the larger Disability Rights Movement by providing resources, and educational pieces about the inclusion movement, as well as opportunities to educate others in our local communities. A small piece of this will be posting every month about a topic that is relevant to the Inclusion Movement on a national, or international level, as well as a call-to-action opportunity. Our first post is about a very important topic that affects millions around the world with steps for you all to take to make your voice heard!

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As we all know, Best Buddies is rich in the Disability Rights Movement; its first chapter created one year before the Americans with Disabilities Act. This huge…

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Special Olympics and Best Buddies Congressional Briefing: Combating Bullying Against Those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Where:
Longworth House Office Building, Room 1539, Washington, D.C.

When:
Friday, June 28, from 12:30 to 1:30

We invite you to join us for an important briefing by Special Olympics and Best Buddies on addressing bullying of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in six children have a developmental disability. This briefing will highlight the important work that is being done to raise awareness about a significant issue facing some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Read More…

Three Ways To Celebrate Best Buddies Month


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March is Best Buddies Month

Best Buddies Month is a time for Best Buddies participants to reflect on the importance of friendship, jobs, and the development of future leaders. Most importantly, it is a time to show the world the significance of these essentials in every individual’s life.

What began in 1993 as a one-day event has become a month-long celebration of the Best Buddies mission. Read More…

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