What to expect when you join Best Buddies Canada®

A Friendship Program

Best Buddies builds friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded. Throughout their participation, people with an IDD form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals take for granted.

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Buddies are our dedicated students/people with an intellectual or developmental disability who want to make a new friend(s). The Best Buddies program offers a chance to be included, and enforces the messages that we are all equal, and most importantly – deserving. People participating in the program often develop long-lasting friendships and social skills that are vital for a person’s development.

Peer Buddies

Peer Buddies are our dedicated students/people without an intellectual or developmental disability. In high schools and universities, peer buddies can have different roles such as Chapter President and Co-President.