Innovative Practices 2013 on Employment

Personalised coaching in the workplace

Providing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) the opportunity to have personalised coaching in the workplace and become integrated in their place of employment.

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Personalised coaching in the workplace
Organisation:Best Buddies Colombia
of origin


Started by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in 1989, Best Buddies International has social inclusion programmes operating in more than 50 countries around the world.

Best Buddies Colombia has placed 320 individuals with IDD in an integrated workplace in the various regions of Colombia in 2012. Over the past six years, the programme has placed more than 400 individuals and has impacted the lives of thousands of co-workers, supervisors, friends, and family members. Participants receiving the supported employment service are more likely to remain in their integrated position when supported by Best Buddies Colombia staff.


Best buddies provides an opportunity to help individuals with IDD attain and maintain jobs of their own choosing at every level of economic development, irrespective of culture, country or socioeconomic status. The programme provides continuing support both to the individual and to businesses seeking to employ individuals with IDD. The supportive employment programme also enables people with IDD to earn an income, pay taxes, and work in an environment alongside others in their community.

In addition, Best Buddies Colombia works with employers in sensitising their businesses to achieve a better adaptation of individuals with disabilities into the work environment. The main purpose of the programme is to ensure the cycle of socio-occupational skill acquisition, enabling individuals with IDD to perform in the environment where they interact.


Best Buddies Colombia is accredited by Best Buddies International to carry the mission, vision and strategies of the organisation in Colombia.

The supportive employment programme has already proven effective as Best Buddies International has successfully implemented this programme in the United States. Between the two countries, it has placed more than 560 individuals with IDD in the workforce in 2012. Also, employers and co-workers involved with the supportive employment programme in Colombia and the US have seen improvement in their corporate image, tax benefits, and organisational climate.



Anthony Kennedy Shriver
CEO and Founder
Best Buddies International
100 Southeast Second Street, Suite 2200, Miami, FL 33131, USA
Phone: +1 305 374 2233

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