Photo: Sean Molloy, Tamara Torlakson, Maria Shriver, Carl Bendix, Susie Sheinberg, Jaclyn Mathison, and Justin Knighten. Powered by revered journalist and best-selling author Maria Shriver, Team Maria hosted its annual benefit at the Montage Beverly Hills on July 13, 2014 to support Best Buddies International, an organization committed to serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our event was sponsored by Los Angeles Confidential.
Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
The Best Buddies International Leadership Conference (BBLC) brings together leaders with and without intellectual & developmental disabilities from Best Buddies' programs worldwide, providing personalized trainings that develop the skills needed to organize a Best Buddies chapter. Over the past 23 years, #BBLC has inspired thousands of leaders to be Best Buddies ambassadors and to bring about social change in their communities. Join our movement! Watch it live at www.bestbuddies.org
I just saw a PSA that is very important. The R-word is not acceptable! Every time someone calls someone 'retarded' or a 'tard' they are defiling a whole group of people deserving of as much respect, dignity and compassion as anybody else.
The nonprofit Best Buddies International is responsible for a global movement that fosters many opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). These opportunities include employment, leadership development and, perhaps most important, real, lasting friendships between these individuals and others in their communities. Learn how this organization began and discover some of the many ways you can be a part of this significant movement.