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Presidential Proclamation — International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2013



Nearly a quarter century has gone by since our Nation passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark civil rights bill that enshrined the principles of inclusion, access, and equal opportunity into law. The ADA was born out of a movement sparked by those who understood their disabilities should not be an obstacle to success and took up the mission of tearing down physical and social barriers that stood in their way. On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we celebrate the enormous progress made at home and abroad and we strengthen our resolve to realize a world free of prejudice.  Read More…

My Brother Patrick – Autism Awareness Month

Pat & Nat

Pat & Nat

What is Autism? 

Autism is an everyday part of my life. Autism is a neurological disorder that disrupts the development of communicative, social, and cognitive skills. Neurological disorders affect someone’s brain, they are invisible. You cannot look at someone and tell they are an individual with Autism, which is both a good and bad thing. People with Autism find it difficult to form relationships such as making friends because they have a tough time interacting reciprocally with others. Communicative delays are exemplified by a delay or even a complete lack of language. In the case of people with verbal ability, they are often unable to start or maintain a conversation with someone; their speech is characterized by something called echolalia when they will repeat a phrase over… and over…and over. Individuals with Autism usually are extremely talented in activities such as music or memorization. Kids with Autism sometimes flap their hands or rock their bodies making potential friends uncomfortable. Read More…

Senate Fails to Lead on UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Twenty-two years ago, the United States demonstrated true leadership when Congress passed and President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Yesterday, the U.S. Senate had the chance to show greatness again by voting yes on the resolution to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Read More…

LAST CALL! Support the Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities, NOW!

Today is Best Buddies Action Day for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)! Your U.S. Senators are returning back to their offices to get to work and so are we.

Please contact both of your U.S. Senators to tell them that the disability community is leading the movement for U.S. ratification of this international disability treaty and our voice matters! Read More…

Today is the Best Buddies Action Day for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities!

The opposition has stated that the disability community is uninformed and does not really support the disability rights treaty.  We need every U.S. Senate member to be contacted and to know that Best Buddies is part of the movement for U.S. ratification of this international disability treaty and our voice matters! Get your friends, family, and work colleagues to make calls, email, and Facebook today to show support! Read More…

a typical son

two of us are tall and the other one of us is short and has Down syndrome

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Best Buddies Young Leaders Council

Educate, Engage, Empower.

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Every person is an equal member of the human family.

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