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Diversity Grant Helps Bentley Put a New Face on Accessible Parking Spaces for Individuals with Disabilities
The Accessible Icon Project was recently launched on the Bentley University campus in an effort to put a new face on accessible parking spaces for individuals with disabilities. With support from the university’s Diversity Mini-Grant program, Jessica Low is transforming the International Symbol of Access from a passive stick figure into an active, engaged image. Low is presenting to the Waltham Disabilities Services Commission in May as they look to adopt the Accessible Icon citywide.
“The symbol represents the opportunity for a deeper discussion around issues related to dispelling myths about individuals with disabilities and focusing on their independence and forward motion of their abilities.” says Low, a 2004 Bentley alumna and graduate intern in Disability Services and Undergraduate Career Services. “My hope is that by updating a seemingly innocuous symbol, conversations will be sparked that force people to compare the old icon to the new icon and explore their own views on how society views individuals with disabilities.”
The project includes repainting all handicap parking spots on campus with the Accessible Icon to demonstrate the independence and abilities of individuals who use wheelchairs.
Low became familiar with the Accessible Icon Project while working at Triangle, Inc., a nonprofit agency in Greater Boston dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities lead independent lives. The Bentley project is a team effort that includes Stephanie Brodeur, assistant director of disability services; Brenda Hawks, director of counseling and development; Ryan Gaffey, manager of landscaping and grounds; Tom Kane, director of facilities management; Ernie Leffler, Bentley police chief and executive director of public and environmental safety; Katie Lampley, associate program director, Office of Special Assistant to the President; Bentley alumnus Alan Chaulet; and members of Delta Alpha Pi.
“Given Bentley’s commitment to diversity and disability awareness, I feel the AIP would reach not only the Bentley staff, faculty, and student population on campus, but any visitor: prospective students, corporate partners, community partners and more.”
Parking spaces in Lot 1 and Lot 10 have been updated with plans to update remaining spots throughout campus this summer.
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu.
In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Colleges 2017, Bentley University is ranked #3 among “Best Regional Universities - North.”