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Organization: Best Buddies - Vrais Copains Canada - Ottawa Chapters  
Phone Numbers: Toll free 1-888-779-0061
Fax: 416-531-0325
1243 Islington Ave, Ste 907
Toronto, ON
M8X 1Y9
Street Address:
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Dates Available: Year-round, based on the academic calendar.
Executives: Vicki MacCrimmon - Executive Director
Public Contacts: Ethel Maamo - Program Manager
Vicki MacCrimmon - Executive Director
416-531-0003 *
Service Description: National charitable organization facilitating meaningful friendships between people with intellectual disabilities or Autism and students.

Students and people with intellectual disabilities are matched in one-to-one friendships based on their interests and spend time enjoying experiences most people take for granted, like going for coffee, watching a movie or simply enjoying the company of a friend.

There are more than 425 Best Buddies chapters at elementary and middle schools, high schools, universities, and colleges across the country. * Volunteer-led, students both with and without intellectual disabilities are involved in running the program and develop their leadership skills.

Fees: None
Application: Registration is available online. To participate, students get involved in their school group of Best Buddies

Adults with intellectual disabilities or Autism join the program through the partner community agencies (for the University/College program).
Eligibility / Target Population: * Elementary, middle, and high schools: Students with and without special needs participate together from within their school
* University and college level: Students are matched with adults with intellectual disabilities or Autism through a partnering community organization * must be able to form a socially appropriate and mutually enriching friendship
Languages: English * French
Area Served:
Kingston, Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, North Lanark/North Grenville, Quinte, Renfrew County, Rural Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, Rural Hastings, Stormont/Dundas/Glengarry  
See Also: Fitness, Recreational and Social Programs for People with Disabilities

This information was last completely updated on September 24, 2018

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