Thank you for taking time to learn more about Best Buddies! Statistics and surveys prove that students and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, although physically integrated in schools and in the workplace, are most often socially isolated. The negative effects of social isolation manifest itself in poor performance, behavior issues, and the desire to fail in order to receive attention or to return to familiar family surroundings.
It has been proven that Best Buddies friendships alleviate the feelings of isolation and help boost self-esteem, while developing mutually-enriching friendships between people with and without disabilities.
In five short years, Best Buddies Nevada has educated and informed thousands of school-age children through assemblies and one-to-one meetings with educators and families about the Best Buddies movement. There are untold numbers of youth poised to befriend their peers with disabilities. Beyond school-based programs, our participants are supported in developing friendships through our adult friendship program.
Every person in our community can share in the efforts that are being made through Best Buddies Nevada programs to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We hope you will join us in our efforts to enrich the lives of all Nevadans and share the value and importance of Disability Awareness Movement.