Megan Keusch

E-Buddies Coordinator
I am a senior at Ball State University, majoring in Severe and Profound Special Education. I am from Jasper, Indiana and have been involved in Best Buddies for three years. Best Buddies is an amazing organization with a strong message to share and I have enjoyed every moment of it. Through Best Buddies I have had the opportunity to become great friends with a wonderful young woman, Jennifer. She has taught me a lot about life and who I want to be in life. I enjoy all of our random outings, uno games, and fun craft times. I currently am the E-buddies coordinator. Basically, I sign up buddies that would like to have a "pen-pal" via email. It is a really neat opportunity for so many individuals. Hopefully we can get more people involved in this. If you know of anyone let me know. Best Buddies is amazing and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this family!

Laura Miller

Activities Coordinator
I am a sophomore at Ball State University studying special education. I am from Greenwood, Indiana and this is my second year as a member of Best Buddies. Best Buddies has taught me how to have fun, relax, and appreciate life. Being around the buddies has shown me how to love and enjoy life to the fullest. Each day I learn new things from Best Buddies and it has helped me to become a better person.

Sarah Groth

Activities Coordinator
I am a senior at Ball State University majoring in Special Education (Severe/Profound Interventions). I’m from Indianapolis, Indiana and have been involved with Best Buddies for three years. It has been a joy being part of Best Buddies since the idea was first brought up to get a chapter started at Ball State. Seeing our organization "grow up" and expand to and be successful over the years has been rewarding. The lives impacted and friendships made through Best Buddies are incredible to witness!

Andria Najar

I am a senior at Ball State University from Portage, Indiana. I am planning on attending law school next fall, but I'm not sure where yet. This is my second year in Best Buddies at Ball State, but I also had the pleasure of working with another chapter that my sister was head of before I learned that Ball State started a chapter. I have many great experiences from Best Buddies and I've learned so much through my commitment to the organization. One of the greatest experiences so far was the over night event at Isanogel as it was a great opportunity for my buddy, Demetrius, and I to get to know each other better. The over night event gave us the opportunity to have a nice meal, dance, watch a movie, and be silly with the buddies. It is also a good experience to see how willing they are to help others, for example, writing letters to soldiers, donating time for fundraisers and even something as simple as a hug to show how much your friendship means to them. Being able to make a difference in someone else's life by offering them friendship is so rewarding. I look forward to the rest of the year!

Dan Ladig

Membership Coordinator
I am junior at Ball State University from New Haven, Indiana. I am majoring in psychology and this is my second year involved in Best Buddies. Best Buddies has been one of my best experiences in college as it has given me the opportunity to form many meaningful friendships. It has taught me to slow down and appreciate the smaller aspects in life such as having someone to talk with or laugh with. One of my greatest memories to date is taking my buddy to McDonald’s to enjoy a simple meal and learn about his life. In my eyes, the best part of Best Buddies Ball State is seeing everyone work together as a family.


Spring Semester 2008

January 9th: Welcome back party 5-7p.m.

January 23rd: Pottery Night at The Artist Within 6-7:30p.m.
February 9th: Friendship Art 2-4p.m. Art Museum
February 19th: Girls Basketball Game 6:30-8p.m. Worthern Arena
March 2nd: Kevin Wanzer Speaker 2-4:30p.m. Pruis Hall
March 25: Picnic at McCullough Park 5-7p.m. (Rain Date: Thursday March 27th)
April 4th-5th: Best Buddies Overnight Retreat...6:00 p.n. Friday-Noon Saturday
April 20: 5K run/walk in Indianapolis
April 24: Bowling at Cardinal Lanes 6-8p.m.
May 3: 10:00am-Noon Graduation

Contact Us


College Buddy Director Kelsey Hoover -

Membership Coordinator Dan Ladig -

Treasurer  Andria Najar -

Activity Coordinator  Sarah Groth -

Activity Coordinator Laura Miller -

E-Buddies Coordinator  Megan Keusch -


The Ball State Best Buddies chapter strives to strengthen friendships on an everyday basis. We believe friendship is the best gift you can give someone. Thus, we currently have 26 college students participating in the organization.

To strengthen friendships we believe it's important to remember Best Buddies international motto "I see you." Simply, the motto is the foundation to our organization and to what we believe makes the greatest impact on individuals. Best Buddies will teach you to fully understand what it means to see an individuals true compassion and friendship.

The 2006-2007 year of Ball State Best Buddies has been full of joy. Some notable events members have participated in are a cookout, a talent show, and a volleyball game. Please explore our website and contact an officer if you would like to be a part of a rewarding college experience.


General Information

Today in the United States, it is estimated the 2.5 million people have an intellectual disability, which equals about 1% of the population. To be considered to intellectually disabled, a person must: (1) have an IQ that is below 70-75; (2) have significant limitations in adaptive skills (meaning the skills needed in everyday life); and (3) the intellectual disability originated before the individual reached age 18.

Individuals with intellectual disabilities vary in degree and capabilities. It may not always be obvious that a person has in intellectual disability and it might not always be accompanied with a physical disability. Many people with intellectual disabilities might also have coexisting conditions such as: cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, vision impairment, hearing loss, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Many individuals with intellectual disabilities hold jobs including: “animal caretakers, laundry workers, building maintenance workers, library assistants, data entry clerks, mail clerks, store clerks, messengers, cooks, printers, assemblers, factory workers, photocopy operators, grocery clerks, sales personnel, hospital attendants, housekeepers, statement clerks, automobile detail workers, and clerical aides.

About Us

“Changing one life at a time”

The Ball State University chapter of Best Buddies was established in 2004. Our chapter has since collaborated with the Muncie community in enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. It is our goal every year to make an impact on those whom are often forgotten or looked at as “different” in today’s society.

Our chapter provides a unique opportunity for one-to-one friendships. We hope some, if not all, of the friendships will turn into lifelong friendships. Our ultimate goal is to continually help individuals see each other for who they are and not stigmatize individuals because of a disability. It is our hope that you will explore the website and contact an officer if you are interested in joining the mission of Best Buddies at Ball State.

Buddy Update Form



Autism: Classified by the World Health Organization and

American Psychological Association as a developmental disability that results from a disorder of the human central nervous system. It is diagnosed by impairments to social interaction, communication, interests, imagination, and activities. However, the causes, symptoms, etiology, treatment, and other issues are controversial.

Blindness: The loss or absence of the ability to perceive visual images. Blindness is the condition of a person having less than 1/10 normal vision, 20/200, on the Snellen test.

Deafness: Defined as partial or complete hearing loss. Levels of hearing impairment vary from a mild but important loss of sensitivity to a total loss of hearing. Older adults suffer most often from hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss affects 30 to 35 percent of the population between the ages of 65 and 75 years and 40 percent of the population over the age of 75. The most common cause of hearing loss in children is otitis media, a disorder that affects predominantly infants and young children. A substantial number of hearing impairments are caused by environmental factors such as noise, drugs, and toxins. Many sensorineural hearing losses result from a genetic predisposition.

Developmental Disability: A disability that manifests before a person reaches 22 years of age and that constitutes a substantial disability to the affected individual. Developmental disability is attributable to mental retardation or related conditions, which include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or other neurological conditions when such conditions result in the impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of a person with mental retardation.



Kelsey Hoover

College Buddy Director
I am a senior at Ball State University, originally from New Paris, Indiana. This is my third year as the College Buddy Director of Best Buddies at Ball State. My buddy is Lori and I have learned so much from her. Whenever I am having a bad day, I can go over to her house to sit and talk with everyone. My problems and stresses quickly go away because I see how excited everyone is to spend time with me and have someone around that cares about them. I have an "I See You" moment about every time I am around someone from this organization. An "I See You" moment is a moment in time that you realize that the person with a disability is really just a person with many abilities.  It is a moment in time that you look past the disabilities and see all the abilities that shine brightly in an individual.  I hope to further my involvement with Best Buddies through a career path in the Indiana State Office.