Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) live full and rich lives, securing jobs, making friends and becoming leaders.
According to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID), it is estimated that there are seven to eight million Americans of all ages (about 2.5-3% of the U.S. population) who experience IDD. Sadly, IDD affects about one in ten families in the U.S.
Further, only 20 percent of people with disabilities either are employed or are seeking employment (U.S. Department of Labor). Best Buddies creates school chapters that help these kids become productive adults so they can become gainfully employed.
As a result of the incredible work done by Best Buddies organizations across the world, the United States and right here in Texas, people with IDD are becoming leaders and amazing advocates for those who have disabilities.
Jan Miller speak about the benefits of being a part of the Best Buddies North Texas Chapter, and how her and her husband Jeff Rich have collaborated with Steve and Barbara Durham and their foundation to help raise money and promote this cause, that is very near and dear to their hearts.
Bill Durham talks about his involvement and passion in Best Buddies.