Oct 1, 2015 3:05 PM
BOW - Best Buddies New Hampshire has been around for just five short years but it's already making a big impact - and growing rapidly.
By the end 2015, 22 New Hampshire schools will participate in the program.
In 27 U.S. states and 52 countries, Best Buddies aims to end social isolation which many kids and teenagers with special needs experience.
Students at Bow High School, Elin Warwick and Emily Buzcala have been "Best Buddies" for the past two years.
Elin says her friendship with Emily has changed her life."We always have the best days together and even on my sad days spending time with Emily cheers me up."
Over the last several years, classroom integration fortunately has become the norm. But the State Director for Best Buddies, Sarra Dennehy says that is not enough.
"If inclusion isn't paired with compassion and understanding and friendship, what's the point? It's almost worse. So, I say, inclusion and best buddies"
With help from celebrities like Tom Brady, the Best Buddies program is squashing stereotypes and creating a culture of compassion and acceptance.
Fundraisers help the program be able to pair buddies together. The Annual Best Buddies Masquerade Gala is November 7th. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
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