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Local 'Best Buddies' chapter promotes inclusion and empowerment

Posted at 10:25 AM, May 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-02 11:36:06-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's 'Best Buddies' chapter aims to promote inclusion, and empower people with intellectual development issues and disabilities.

"These young adults are just like me — we have the same ambitions in life, we have the same wants and desires for a career for a better life," said Best Buddies TAMUCC Vice President Audrey Graham.

Best Buddies is a non-profit that focuses on developing one-on-one friendships.

"We pair students with disabilities and students without disabilities together to make friendships that are lifelong," said the local chapter's president Chloe Pellizaro.

Best Buddies in the Coastal Bend say they're excited to be a part of this organization, and the benefits that come along with building partnerships.

"Interacting with other people, trying to get to know them, and if you're like going through a hard time, talk to one of your best buddies," said Best Buddies member Bobby Davis.

Graham has been raising awareness on the importance of connecting students with and without IDD on campus since Fall 2021.

"Don't be afraid to reach out to us if you have any question, if you have anybody that can benefit from this," said Graham.

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