Best Buddies Ambassadors educates and empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to be leaders and public speakers in their schools, communities, and workplaces. Best Buddies Ambassadors is the next step for the disability rights movement – teaching people with IDD the skills they need to successfully advocate. Best Buddies Ambassadors prepares people with IDD to become active agents of change.
Best Buddies Ambassadors is a program that provides training for participants with IDD in areas of speech writing and public speaking. Ambassadors create opportunities to share their life stories and promote Best Buddies programs. Once trained, ambassadors are expected to speak to their chapters and in their communities, sharing their stories and becoming more involved citizens. Ambassadors can speak to legislators and additional Best Buddies programs; they can present at recruitment fairs and events. Ambassadors could also help collect donations, present to other interest groups, and train others with IDD.