Outcome 2: Buddy system
When students with an intellectual disability go to university or graduate school, there is a whole lot that can happen. A university campus is huge and impressive to them. And when these students are overwhelmed by things, it should be possible for intellectually disabled people to ask for help and to ask nearby students, who are then ready and willing to answer them. This is where the ‘buddy system’ comes in. The buddy system is organised for intellectually disabled people with a view to pairing them to one or more regular students. A buddy is a student who, with their skills and knowledge, can help the other person and it is a person who the disabled student can always count. This could for instance mean that both spend lunch together. When the intellectually disabled student has any questions or requests, their ‘buddy’ will then be ready for them.