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Aug 01, 2022 2022-08-01

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Program That Connects Young Friends Who Lift Each Other

The Best Buddies Friendship program builds one-to-one friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering social interactions while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded.

The Best Buddies school year begins each fall with a “match” meeting where students are paired according to their interests or desire to partner with a particular student. The Buddies agree to participate in activities during and after school. In-school activities might be cooking classes, holiday parties, crafts or physical education activities.

Out-of-school activities might involve hosting a spaghetti dinner, participating in a track event or a homecoming carnival booth.

The program also encourages the pairs to keep in touch through phone calls, text messages, and occasional lunches during the school day. All Buddies bring their own skills and interests to the table.

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