Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization that strives for the social integration of people with intellectual disabilities. Its mission is to establish equal friendship relations between people with and without disabilities, which benefit both. New skills can be developed through these links. For example, some can develop tools of social behavior or leadership and others can overcome prejudices.
The organization is located in 46 countries: United States, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Curaçao, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Scotland, Philippines, Finland, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, the Netherlands, Qatar, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand and Spain. Currently, programs are also being developed in Italy, Iceland, Japan, Monaco and Turkey.
It was founded in 1987 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver with a single chapter at Georgetown University. Little by little, these groups of volunteers and people with disabilities were formed in the same manner all over the world. Thus, Best Buddies became an NGO with impact throughout the world. It currently has more than 1,400 chapters and 700,000 affiliates per year in colleges and universities worldwide.