FOX Networks Hires Another Employee with Unique Abilities


Gabby at FOX Networks

Best Buddies Jobs is proud to congratulate Gabby on completing her first month as a Media Librarian at FOX Networks in the Engineering & Operations department! As a Media Librarian, Gabby pulls content from a vault of over one million tapes so that they can be delivered directly to our televisions through FOX channels daily. Once tapes are returned, Gabby is responsible for checking them back in through a comprehensive computer system, and re-shelving the m in their proper place. In such a detail oriented job, Gabby has already thrived and been able to exhibit her outstanding strengths in this position.

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Join Tom Brady & Challenge Yourself to Change Lives at the 16th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port


Boston, May 19, 2015 Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, will take place on May 29 – 30. More than 2,000 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies InternationalTom Brady, New England Patriots Quarterback and Best Buddies Global Ambassador, will serve as Honorary Co-Chair and lead Team Tom Brady to the finish line. Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III will join Brady as the event’s Honorary Co-Chairs. John Hailer, President & CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management for the Americas & Asia, has committed to serve as the Event Chair. During the event, John Hancock will be honored with the organization’s Spirit of Friendship Award. Read More…

Best Buddies Jobs: Transforming statistics into positive change for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities


Ruben & Supervisor, Kevin Costello, Corporate Executive Chef at Hobbs Brook

Ruben & Supervisor, Kevin Costello, Corporate Executive Chef at Hobbs Brook

Best Buddies Jobs is one of the organization’s fast growing programs, and for good reason. Currently, 85% of individuals with developmental disabilities do not have a paid community job.* This is in spite of the fact that research shows that by hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), businesses gain dependable, motivated employees and create inclusive cultures that attract desirable talent. In addition, reports find that companies that hire people with IDD for business reasons and are rewarded with business benefits.** Still, almost 43% of people with IDD in the US are living below the poverty line and only 15.5% of these individuals are working; of that, only 19.1% of people with IDD in the US are working in integrated community settings.***

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MGM Resorts International Announces Best Buddies Partnership to Promote Employment Opportunities for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


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Funded by a $120,000 MGM Resorts donation, the partnership will support job placement while offering on-the-job support

Las Vegas, March. 31st, 2015 – Building on its commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is pleased to announce its partnership with Best Buddies Nevada to promote employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

With the help of a $120,000 MGM Resorts donation, spanning 2014 and 2015, Best Buddies Nevada will support a candidate selection process that will provide persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) with opportunities for employment in jobs specified by MGM Resorts. For those candidates hired, Best Buddies Nevada will offer special on-the-job training and other workplace support in collaboration with the company. Read More…

Lindsey and Jossel, e-Buddies since 2013


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Lindsey

We are thrilled to introduce you to Lindsey and Jossel for our last Monday Mission Moment for Best Buddies Month 2015. Lindsey and Jossel have been matched in our e-Buddies program since 2013. e-Buddies is a Best Buddies e-mail pen-pal program that connects people all over the world with similar interests in one-to-one friendships.

While Lindsey and Jossel live in different states, the two have formed a friendship as close as any other. Check out what the pair has to say about their friendship below. Read More…

Sara Ungson and Anj Onrubia, Best Buddies Philippines


Photo Credit: Kimi Lim from Imagine Nation

Photo Credit: Kimi Lim from Imagine Nation

Tell us about your history with Best Buddies?

Anj: I first came across Best Buddies in early 2013. I was watching TV and saw a feature on the Best Buddies Challenge. When I heard about the Best Buddies mission of friendship and inclusion, I knew instantly that I wanted to bring it to Manila. As a mother of a child with special needs, I know how heartbreaking it is to feel left out and excluded. I saw Best Buddies as a chance to change things around. Read More…

Best Buddies Month: North Rockland High School


We are excited to introduce you to the North Rockland High School (NRHS) Best Buddies chapter in Thiells, New York. NRHS Best Buddies is a Promoters program, committed to sharing the mission of Best Buddies and providing opportunities for inclusion and leadership to people with intellectual disabilities. Although the school does not make one-to-one matches, they are committed to providing opportunities for friendships for their peers with disabilities and raising awareness for the disability rights movement.

NRHS Best Buddies has been making an impact in their community for two years and hopes to grow their involvement in the community. This year, they pooled their resources, time, and energy to develop their own “Stomp out the R-word” video, promoting an end to the use of the r-word for our annual Spread the Word to End the Word initiative. Please read more about the chapter’s commitment and passion and the difference they have made for Spread the Word Day this month!

This interview was completed by Chapter President, Anyssa Evelyn; Officer Tarique Wilson; and Faculty Advisor, Gina Tedesco.

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